Today is the feastday of Blessed Pope John XXIII. The “Good Pope” as he was known in Rome, had his day set by JPII on the anniversary of Vatican II. Tom Rosica, csb who runs Salt+Light TV in Toronto and is a media person for the Synod reflected on J23’s views on the purpose of Vatican II. It’s still as appropriate for us today:
In his opening address on Oct. 11, 1962, at the beginning of the Vatican Council, Pope John said, “In the every day exercise of our pastoral ministry, greatly to our sorrow we sometimes have to listen to those who, although consumed with zeal, do not have very much judgment or balance. To them the modern world is nothing but betrayal and ruination. They claim that this age is far worse than previous ages and they go on as though they had learned nothing from history — and yet history is the great teacher of life.
“They behave as though the first five centuries saw a complete vindication of the Christian idea and the Christian cause, and as though religious liberty was never put in jeopardy in the past. We feel bound to disagree with these prophets of misfortune who are forever forecasting calamity — as though the end of the world is imminent. Our task is not merely to hoard this precious treasure of doctrine, as though obsessed with the past, but to give ourselves eagerly and without fear to the task that this present age demands of us — and in doing so we will be faithful to what the Church has done in the past 20 centuries.”