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Fifty years after the [Second Vatican] council, we are still waiting for a comprehensive program of church reform dedicated to the appropriate and necessary transformation of ecclesiastical structures. The focus of such a program would be to develop alternative ways to discipline ecclesial power in keeping with the Gospel. Such institutional reform is not a “liberal” project bent on accommodation to the values of the secular world, as is so often suggested; it is the necessary reform of a church that wishes to be more deeply rooted in the radical values of the Christian Gospel. It is a reform committed to unleashing the bountiful gifts of the Spirit lying dormant in our church.

Richard R. Gaillardetz, An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015), p. 198. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8309-5.

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