What the Synod Taught Us

Robert Blair Kaiser reported on the Second Vatican Council for Time Magazine.  He received numerous awards for his journalism work on his coverage of the Council.  He also played a part in getting the happenings of the Council  out to the public, which some in the Curia wanted to keep tightly under wraps.  He helped those who set up daily news conferences to which some of the bishops would come and relate what was being discussed.  He and has wife had a very large apartment in Rome at the time he was covering the Council.  They would hold weekly Sunday buffet dinners in the very large salon of their apartment to which they would invite many of the movers and shakers involved in the Council,  Lively discussions would ensue from which Kaiser would glean information to report and which would result in some of the Council participants coming away with a changed mind on a subject under discussion, influencing how some of the bishops voted.   In addition, Kaiser is the author of many books, the latest of which is How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World, in which he explains how the Jesuit “DNA” of Papa Francesco influences much of what he does.  It is an interesting read……Reyanna

By Robert Blair Kaiser, OMG, A Journal of Religion and Culture, January 1, 2015

From the moment we saw him make his first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s we had some early clues–that Francis was rejecting the role that history had cast him in–as “His Holiness, the infallible monarch of all Christendom, the Supreme Authority.” First, he introduced himself as “the bishop of Rome”–not “the pope.” Theologically speaking there’s a big difference between the two, and a good theologian, the French Dominican Jean Tillard, wrote a 328-page book to explain rhe difference. And then Francis made some other early moves–actions seemed more important than words here–indicating he was not comfortable looking like a king. (To continue reading, click here.)

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