Wednesday 22 February 2017

Saving the church

Published 20/10/2011 | 05:00

•Pope Benedict has just launched 'The Year of Faith' to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council with the words: "If we interpret and implement Vatican II guided by a right hermeneutic it can be and can become increasingly powerful for the ever-necessary renewal of the church."

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It is heartening to read that the Pope now agrees with Luther that the church is in need of "ever-necessary renewal". However, it is equally disheartening to read that Pope Benedict will interpret Vatican II with "a right hermeneutic", which in reality means that the reforms of Vatican II will languish for another 50 years. Awaiting the Pope's reforms is like waiting for Godot.

Brendan Butler
Malahide, Co Dublin

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