What do you think about this statement?
“From my point of view, the temptation can be to return to a very strict, closed-fortress idea of Church, controlling everything,” he said, but “that will not work anymore. We need a new model of accountability and responsibility and a new way of educating the whole people of God in Christian ideals.”
We've been saying for more than 50 years we need new ways of doing things and we continue to hear it today. And this damnable phrase: "... a new way of educating the whole people of God in Christian IDEALS!"
What the hell, literally, what the hell, IDEALS?????
Prior to the Vatican II, we were called to Christian Perfection, to Jesus Christ because HE taught us to "be perfect as your heavenly Father is Perfect!"
Jesus did not teach IDEALS or call people to IDEALS! What post-Vatican II, spirit of Vatican II, Jesuitical crap!
In addition to that, I do understand that the spirit of Vatican II was foisted on Catholicism in the most authoritarian pre-Vatican II sort of way.
Returning to our great tradition of discipline, asceticism and the pursuit of perfection and trying to control the outcome as progressives did when they use the pre-Vatican II methods and shoved down the throats of unsuspecting Catholics, both clergy and laity, the spirit of Vatican II, isn't possible today.
But there can be a grand reeducation of the clergy and religious that can help return to Catholic sanity. And yes, pre-Vatican II asceticism can also be restored with a stroke of the pen as Pope Francis recently changed the Catechism in the same manner.
And I would say in today's world, culture and secularism, much more virulent than the Protestantism of the 1500's, "a very strict, closed-fortress idea of Church" is the way to go!