Saturday, June 13, 2015
TREATING ASPECTS THAT AREN'T IN AN INFALLIBLE WAY AS IT REGARDS THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
There are three areas that the traditionalists of the Second Vatican Council, i.e. radical, spirit of the council folks, both clergy and laity, make Vatican II infallible and not to be questioned under the pain of mortal sin which are the Sacred Liturgy, ecclesiology and ecumenism.
In progressive quarters, Cardinal Robert Sarah is being lambasted for his ignorance about Vatican II and his amateur approach to it and that he dares interpret Vatican II according to the hermeneutic of continuity and not in the faux-infallibly, immutable way of rupture.
Here are some comments from an infamous blog on liturgy about Cardinal Sarah's approach:
--It would be wrong to consider the extraordinary form of the Roman rite as coming from another theology,” – when will it cease. Feels like we have had a series of CDW heads who have little skills, training, or professional education in liturgy and yet, they make pronouncements that make little sense.
Not only does it come from another theology but also ecclesiology – would almost any graduate student in theology disagree with this beyond the usual ideological suspects?
-- Ecumenism is an enrichment, not a threat, for those who understand and accept in their hearts what the Second Vatican Council taught on the subject. Through ecumenical enrichment we don’t ‘tone down’ our Catholic faith, we deepen it. Conversion of heart is called for.
--So we keep coming back to the same issue: does one accept the liturgy of the Church, does once accept Pope Paul’s judgment that the reforms are faithful to Vatican II, is one grateful for this gift.. or not?
It’s clear that there is development (and – horrors! – change) between Pius XII and Paul VI on archeologism. That’s part of being in the Catholic church.
It’s clear that the authorities interpreted SC 23 to mean that the changes were required, and that the complete overhaul of the offertory prayers was for the good of the church.
Catholics cannot, may not and must not question the validity of Vatican II or its authority. It would be anathema to do so and yes we need to anathematize more in the post-Vatican II Church but in a nice way. Catholics are required to be obedient to the Magisterium of the Church in the areas of Faith, Morals, Canon Law (and discipline). There are no if's, and's or's about it.
However, we can critique in a Christian and charitable way those aspects of the Magisterium which are not infallible or immutable. This is true especially of the implementation of Vatican II which has been critiqued from the highest possible levels of the Church to the lowest levels to include not only Pope Benedict but Pope Francis and little old me!
We have had cardinals and popes question the advisability of so radically changing the Mass which went far beyond what Sacrosanctum Concilium actually promoted. The Mass the Pope Paul VI promulgated is not set in stone and some of its ideologies as it was being formed and the mentality of the age which is now passe except in some quarters can and should be questioned as well as the pastoral advisability of some of the changes, not to mention the wrong celebration of the 1970 Missal and the horrible abuses associated with it.
Many tout that Vatican II ushered in a new ecclesiology. Maybe a different theological perspective on ecclesiology but a new ecclesiology? No! And even if one says Vatican II changed the ecclesiology of the Catholic Church, this change is neither infallble or immutable. Popes and bishops may certainly revisit some of the more ill advised changes of Vatican II and go back or forward in a different way or in the way of continuity rather than rupture.
As it regards ecumenism, there are a variety of ways to accomplish the unity of the Church that the Lord desires. What Pope Benedict initiated in terms of the Anglican Ordinariate was simply genius and should be applauded rather than ignoring the elephant in the room in terms of Protestantism or Eastern Orthodoxy and how these groups have diminished the faith, are schismatic or down right heretical.They need purification before they enter into the full communion of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith.
When it comes to Vatican II's dance with other religions, no religions (the nones) and with the secular world, caution should reign although we need to be speaking to one another but the Church must do so from a position of strength and certitude about her Faith, Morals and discipline. Ireland is but one of many sad examples of how the world has converted Catholics rather than Catholics converting the world. Secularism new evangelization has been abetted by Vatican II's naivete! We need to critique the drunkenness of some Catholic as it concerns ecumenism, interfaith dialogue and dialogue with the world when we see that the Church is diminished not enhanced by it!