Religion

Good Pope John and His Wonderful Idea

This month is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII’s “wonderful idea” that caused the Roman Catholic Church almost to self-destruct. I was reminded of this milestone in the history of twentieth-century folly when I found myself at a social gathering where another guest wanted us to listen to an ABC radio program on the contribution to the Second Vatican Council of Yves Congar, a Dominican friar and theologian who, having devoted much of his life to complaining that papal aggrandisement and the Vatican bureaucracy had hijacked the Church, finished up accepting a…

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