Thursday, May 3, 2012
TIME WARP AND UNDERSTANDING SSPX A BIT BETTER
“We refuse, on the other hand, and have always refused to follow the Rome of neo-Modernist and neo-Protestant tendencies which were clearly evident in the Second Vatican Council and, after the Council, in all the reforms which issued from it.”
In this statement of Abp. Marcel Lefebvre of his epochal declaration of 21 November 1974 are contained two inseparable fundamental principles: on one hand, the rejection of the spirit of the Council, of some of the declarations of the council and of some of the reforms that arose from the Council.
My comments: I had not read these comments from Archbishop Lefebvre as to his angst with what was happening to his beloved Church in 1974. But 1974 it was a terrible time for the world wide Church and confusion reigned supreme(and btw, the John Jay Study of sexual abuse in the Church targeted 1974 as the worst year in which priests were sexually abusing minors in this country--Pandora's Box was wide open and creating havoc in all areas of Church life!).
You cannot read Archbishop Lefebvre's remarks through the lens of the Church of today for reform has occurred since Pope John Paul II became pope in 1978 and with the advent of Cardinal Ratzinger as the head of the CDF and then assuming the Papacy.
The Holy Father I suspect in 1974 would have agreed with Archbishop Lefebvre's dire critique of what was happening in the Church of that period and placing blame on the "spirit" of Vatican II and on some actual elements of Vatican II.
Today, though, I would think the Holy Father views those statements quite differently and through a different set of lens and a new paradigm for reform.