This is the first in a series of blog posts about the six popes who have served our Church since Vatican II. They will continue on Fridays throughout this year of celebration of the 50 years of liturgical reform and renewal that have followed the release of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium.
We begin with Pope John XXIII. You can read a brief biography of him on the Vatican website. Here's a clip of a newsreel from when he was elected:
These reflections by the pope's longtime secretary are quite striking. For a pope who many expected to be a caretaker for a few years, his impact was great. The first pope in the age of satellite communication, his words could not help but be spread round the globe.
Next Friday, we'll take a look at his liturgy of installation. Blessings this Advent season!
It'd be difficult for a person who works in Roman Catholic and in many mainline non-Catholic denominations to let today pass without noting the 50th anniversary of the first Vatican II document, Sacrosanctam Conciliam, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
50 years ago today, the bishop-fathers of Vatican II nearly unanimously approved the document which would ultimately kick-start a reform and renewal of worship and Church life around the world. Pope Paul VI, who continued the Council called by Bl. John XXIII, then promulgated (set forth, officialized) the pastoral teaching document for the whole Church.
In the Diocese of Des Moines, we're looking forward to a yearlong commemoration, celebration, and renewal of worship and Church life. Click here for the first look at the year's events. More to follow, and on Friday, I'll begin the first of a year of weekly blog posts on the Pastors of Reform and Renewal--all six popes who have served the Church during and since the Council. Follow...and discuss!
Let us pray for continued renewal of our worship life in the Diocese of Des Moines. May God continue to bless all who serve in the ministries of worship: clergy, musicians, liturgy preparers, readers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, hospitality ministers!
In preparation for a 2014 synod called "Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization," the Holy Father is asking that dioceses make available to all Catholics an opportunity to respond to a preparatory questionnaire. The Diocese of Des Moines has posted the documents on our website in English and Spanish. For more information or to complete the questionnaire using SurveyMonkey, click here. Please consider completing the survey and return to the Diocese of Des Moines by Dec. 20. Be aware that there are organizations that are disseminating a questionnaire in which the questions have been changed. To get the questions directly as they came from Pope Francis, use the form on our diocesan website.