The last four popes all participated in the Second Vatican Council (1962–65) either as bishop or peritus (theological adviser), and it is clear that their legacies will be distinctively tied to that epochal event. It may be early to assess Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to the implementation of council teaching, but two Vatican documents promulgated this summer, within days of one another, give cause for concern.
As pope, Benedict has made...
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Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo. He is the author of The Church in the Making: Lumen Gentium, Christus Dominus, Orientalium Ecclesiarum (Paulist, 2006) and Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent (Orbis, 2008).