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For All the Saints!

31 Oct

Enjoy this hymn, and celebrate with gusto the solemnity of All Saints tomorrow!

Herman Who?

31 Oct

Pope Benedict XVI has deliberately timed the beginning of the “Year of Faith” next October to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).  In his apostolic letter Porta Fidei (“Door of Faith”) introducing the Year of Faith, the Holy Father made his own the statement of Blessed John Paul II regarding the importance of Vatican II as “a sure compass by which to take our bearings” in the new millennium.”

But then Pope Benedict further added: “I would also like to emphasize strongly what I had occasion to say concerning the Council a few months after my election as Successor of Peter: ‘if we interpret and implement it guided by a right hermeneutic, it can be and can become increasingly powerful for the ever necessary renewal of the Church.’”

What is a hermeneutic? And in this instance, what is the “right hermeneutic”? Continue reading