Bringing back “the Spirit of Vatican II”? Admin Tuesday, September 23, 2014 At his election, Pope Francis had some very precise ideas, which he is putting into practice now. One was bringing back the Spirit of the Council, which he experienced as a young priest in Argentina. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.