Vatican City, Oct 12, 2012 / 09:37 am
Pope Benedict XVI says there is no contradiction between a desire to uphold the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church and continuously working to update how those beliefs are understood and presented to the world.
"Christianity must not be considered as 'something that has passed,' nor must we live with our gaze always turned back, because Jesus Christ is yesterday today and forever," the Pope said Oct. 12.
"Christianity," he explained, "is marked by the presence of the eternal God, who entered into time and is present in all times, because all times are brought forth of His creative power, of his eternal 'today.'"
Pope Benedict made his remarks at a lunch being hosted in the Vatican's Clementine Hall for 14 of the 70 surviving participants of the Second Vatican Council.