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Distinctly Catholic: There is clear continuity in Catholic social teaching between the pre-conciliar papal magisterium, the documents of Vatican II, the papal magisteriums of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.
Distinctly Catholic: The opposition to Francis is not diminishing in volume, although I still wonder how widespread it is. Lots of sound and fury, but does it signify anything?
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.
Baum died Oct. 18 in Montreal. His contributions to ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, especially during the Second Vatican Council, helped change the church's relationship to Judaism.