Matthew Fox

Lori, like the rest of the church, wants to pretend Vatican II didn't happen

Archbishop William E. Lori's article on the Second Vatican Council ("Not a break but a continuum," Aug. 18) fails to mention Pope John XXIII who convened the council. Instead Mr. Lori refers to Pope Paul II. According to Archbishop Lori, Pope Paul II reports the council as "historically a thing of the past, but spiritually still in being."

In fact the church has been trying to put the "spirit" of that gathering behind them ever since the death of John XXIII. The Second Vatican Council was not just a meeting of bishops, as reported in the article, but included laity and women of the church. (My father was a participant in two separate sessions, one on...