Tenth Anniversary Of Vatican Ii
October 11, 1962, saw the formal opening of the Second Vatican Council, convened by Pope John XXIII with high hopes that it would rejuvenate and invigorate the Roman Catholic Church and make it a more powerful force for evangelism and spiritual development in an increasingly ecumenical era. As we look at the results ten years later, we see the immense church in disarray and confusion. Papal authority, fundamental doctrines, traditional moral teachings are everywhere challenged, often disregarded, sometimes repudiated with impunity by prelates and office-holders who show a sovereign contempt for the hierarchy and church discipline. At the same time there is widespread evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit: formal questions of church membership often take a back seat to the matter of personal faith in Jesus Christ, witnessing, and charismatic phenomena and gifts.
Evangelicals may sense the new hope that is alive in the Roman church, but they must also sympathize with the confusion and distress of so many traditional Catholics who look to their church for clear, authoritative answers on spiritual and moral problems. It is at this point that the swelling Catholic interest in the Scriptures offers hope for perplexed souls, if not necessarily for structures, for “all flesh is grass … but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isa. 40:6, 8).
The Mystery Of Crime?
In a recent column, Washington Star columnist James J. Kilpatrick evokes “the continuing mystery of crime in America.” He writes, “By almost any yardstick, the United States is the most advanced nation in the world.… Yet ours is a lawless land, probably the most lawless in the world.” FBI statistics show a 7 per cent increase in serious ...1
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