Saturday, September 17, 2011
VATICAN II WAS A PASTORAL COUNCIL CHANGING DISCIPLINE NOT ONE OUNCE OF DOGMA OR DOCRTINE!
In 1988, addressing the Chilean bishops, Cardinal Ratzinger affirmed, "The truth is that this particular Council defined no dogma at all, and deliberately chose to remain on a modest level, as a merely pastoral council; and yet many treat it as though it had made itself into a sort of 'superdogma' which takes away the importance of all the rest."
While affirming his remaining attachment to Vatican II, Benedict XVI, on this September 14, 2011, brought down the taboo of the Council. For while no Pope could free a Catholic from the decisions of dogmatic Councils, the Pope, by way of the text of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, liberates the souls from those of a pastoral Council. From now on, one may be of the Church without holding on to the controversial points of Vatican II. In 2007, the helmsman of the Church had already undermined the monopoly held by the Novus Ordo. Four years later, he removes from the Conciliar doctrine its non-negotiable character and its exclusivity. It is not any longer the alpha and the omega of the life of the Church; that life is now once again refocused on its object: Faith.
My comments: Vatican II only changed the way the Church engaged other Christians, other religions and the world at large. It changed the discipline of the sacraments but not their meaning. It encouraged the laity to be more engaged with the institutional Church through a recovered sense of Baptismal charisms. But no doctrines or dogmas were changed and none new were defined or redefined!
Vatican II should help us grow closer to our orthodox faith, not aloof of it. It is the "spirit" of Vatican II that became dogmatic--a spirit that had no authority whatsover on Catholics.