Is Vatican II enough?
Catholics are excited to see that Francis has said Vatican II was “beautiful work of the Holy Spirit” but some “wish to turn the clock back”. I'm happy about this too, but it's a sad commentary on the last couple of papacies that the present Pope's endorsement of a Council of fifty years ago is met with such joy. Some have said that all the reform the church needs is a fulfillment of the promise of the Second Vatican Council. I wish I could agree - yes, V2 made great strides, but a lot of topics were not addressed at all (clerical celibacy, women's ordination, sex abuse) or were taken out of its hands by the pope (birth control). Those and other important issues are not just going to go away because we finally have a pope who isn't trying to rewrite history.