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Should We Have Vatican III? (Faut-il faire Vatican III ?)

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Original Language: French | 212 pp. | September 2012

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ESSAY – CURRENT AFFAIRS

Christine Pedotti examines whether a new council could steer the Church away from the precipice.

She asks the question: Is it materially possible and intellectually desirable to call a new council? What would be the difficulties and the risks? And if the Church went ahead with it, what topics would it discuss and what benefits could we hope for?

As the Catholic Church celebrates the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council it is facing the most serious crisis in its history. The Pope and his ageing administration seem incapable of facing up to the new challenges and the Church appears to have been struck by a kind of autism.

The Church is facing a crisis of credibility in the west, repeated paedophile scandals have lead to a moral crisis, while the number of priests is falling. The ultra conservatives are severely critical of the Church, the grass roots are unhappy, its strongholds in Latin America are facing competition from Evangelists, African priests are struggling with celibacy and lastly the finances of the Vatican itself have come under increased scrutiny, with some whispering the word corruption.