Tuesday, November 8, 2016
ONE CAN DISAGREE WITH THE SSPX ON THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER AND YET STILL UNDERSTAND THEIR DISAGREEMENT WITH CERTAIN ASPECTS OF VATICAN II BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE MENTALITY OF THOSE WHO ARE RIGID "sPIRIT OF VATICAN II" PROPONANTS OF A CERTAIN AGE
Fr. Kevin Cusick interviewed Bishop Fellay of the SSPX for Rorate Caeili. I reprint the portion of the interview where Bishop Fellay speaks of the reality that the SSPX will be fully reintegrated with the papacy and thus the Church.
It will be done as a "personal prelature" similar the "Opus Dei." Bishop Fellay seems to be confident that it is a done deal.
Yet, the SSPX continues to disagree with certain aspects of the documents of Vatican II as it pertains to the reform of the liturgies of the Church, religious liberity, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue as well as dialogue with the world.
While I see his point on many of these things, I personally believe that the reform of the liturgy and the adjustment of the ecclesiology of the Church as envisioned by Vatican II were very traditional, minor and in continuity with what was organic development up until Vatican II. My concern has more to do with post-Vatican II contrived reforms that went beyond what was envisioned the bad fruit of which was a loss of Catholic idenity in the areas of reverence, mystery and awe, a more Protestant spirituality and ecclesiology than Catholic.
I am not opposed to ecumenism, interfaith relationships and dialogue with the world. But post-Vatican II extremists have led rank and file Catholics to think it doesn't matter what you believe because all things are equal. The Church to them has simply become a social human construct to do good works, a sort of NGO and that's it and others do good works too and thus all are equal because all do good works, so it doesn't matter if one is Catholic or not, simply do good works and work with others who do good works and hold hands and sing kumbaya. Eternal life based upon the TRUTH, who is Jesus Christ is seen as unimportant in this post-Vatican II contrived construct.
Finally when it comes to Relgious Liberity, I completely disagree with the SSPX as it is necessary in a free and democratic society. The USA has been, up until the Obama administration, a shining light on how to live religious liberity. What Bishop Fellay and the French SSPX seem to want is a mentality similar to what was in France before the French Revolution. America's version of the French Revolution did not denigrate or disrespect or try to suppress religion but rather supported it.
In other words, we don't want the corruption that the melding of Church and State brings to any religion. We see it currently in its hyper form in Islam.
Finally, Bishop Fellay its the nail on the head when he calls out certain Catholics in the hierarchy who are of a certain age and who dogmatically insist that every things about the reform of the liturgy, ecumenism, interfaith relations and worldly relations as well as religious liberty are dogmatic or infallible and to be accepted as such. These people of a "certain age" were the ones who in the most authoritatian pre-Vatican II way forced implementation of their "spirit" of Vatican II mentality on the Church often using shaming techniques to do so. They are still alive and of the generation of Pope Benedict (who offered a different more wholesome vision of Vatican II and what it actually requested and that of Pope Francis' allies who long for the glory days of 1970's way of implementing Vatican II). But that generation is on the way out. The newer generation has less baggage in this regard.
HERE IS THE PORTION OF THE INTERVIEW THAT I THINKS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT