If the pope's actions surprise us, it is because, five decades out, there remains a substantial gap between the council's reformist agenda and its concrete realization in the church.
Take and Read: Catherine Mowry LaCugna, along with her book God for Us, led me to rediscover the most "practical" doctrine of the Christian faith.
Analysis: Pope Francis has received the council's teaching through his distinctive experiences as a Jesuit, a Latin American and, pre-eminently, as pastor.
On Easter Sunday, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared on television and reaffirmed Catholic teaching regarding the impermissibility of same-sex marriage. He said, however, that the Catholic church must ensure "that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven't been too good at that."