Saturday, October 31, 2015
CANNOT YOU BE IN FULL COMMUNION WITH THE VICAR OF CHRIST AND NOT ACCEPT EVERY TEACHING OF THE POPE AS DEFINED DOCTRINE?
The Second Vatican Council was a pastoral council but in its documents defined dogma is used as well as other doctrines. The Second Vatican Council was in continuity with the Church's patrimony; it only gave new direction in areas that are not necessarily faith and morals but rather discipline.
This discipline is authoritative, but not required to be believed as an article of faith.
So the Church desires to end the bickering of the post Reformation/Counter-Reformation period and enter into dialogue with our separated brethren. A Catholic can be a good Catholic whether he accepts this or not.
So the Church wants to enter into dialogue with non-Christian religions beginning with our eldest brother the Jews. A Catholic can be a good Catholic whether or not he accepts this pastoral initiative.
So the Church wants to enter into dialogue with the secular world and with non-believers. A Catholic can be a good Catholic whether or not he accepts this initiative of the institutional Church.
We know too from Pope Benedict, that one can prefer the older Order of the Mass and still be a good Catholic. It is not required to like the new Order of Mass although it would be impossible for a good Catholic to say the new order of the Mass is invalid. That would be schismatic.
We can prefer traditional religious orders, big old bulky habits and rigid discipline and still be a good and faithful Catholic.
We can prefer the older Roman Calendar to the new one.
We can prefer a more condemning attitude toward sin, especially sins against chastity and natural law. We might not want to accompany a sinner as he or she might place us in an occasion of sin ourselves.
We may not agree with Pope Francis' concept of "synodalty" or "mercy" and if we do disagree we are still good Catholics.
We can prefer popes who wear all the papal regalia to include mozettas and fanons and still be good and wonderful Catholics. The converse is true too.
The thing we can't disagree on is the two greatest Commandments. When we become uncharitable to those who agree or disagree with the Second Vatican Council's pastoral vision or the recent Synod on Marriage and Family life's pastoral emphasis, then we have broken the two greatest Commandments. We can't do that and be good Catholics.