I was but a small child when the Roman Catholic Church gathered -- along with numerous observers from other faith traditions to re-evaluate the church and its faith practices. It was for many a radical departure from what had been in place prior to the Council. Many in both the Catholic and the non-Catholic world welcomed this apparent new openness of spirit. There were, of course, dissenters. In recent years, under the two previous Popes we have witnessed a pulling back from that open spirit (at least that's how many of us on the outside perceive such things). In this piece Michael Reid Trice offers us a word of hope -- despite apparent pull-backs, the spirit of Vatican II continues to live on. If so, then this is good news. I invite you to read and respond.