Our diocese canceled our annual priests’ retreat due to Covid-19 issues with our retreat house in Jacksonville, Florida. We are asked to find an alternative to this retreat. Thus I am doing a private, kind of self-directed retreat this week at a beautiful place of nature. I am following the schedule we use for our diocesan retreat. My retreat master is Bishop Barron. I am using selected videos from his vast number of videos.
Last night, at my retreat conference, Bishop Baron spoke about Vatican II and the polarization in the Church today which is both religious and political but interconnected.
Like Bishop Baron, I am not amongst those who are verging in the direction of schism, true schism, who reject Vatican II altogether or reject portions of it. It is an ecumenical council headed by the Pope and the bishops in union with him and holds a place of authoritative pride. Those who disagree with this defined teaching of the Church (about ecumenical councils) place themselves on the road to schism.
My retreat master did not go into it specifically, but he did make a point about the actual Council and how it was implemented. He spoke of anecdotal evidence that he himself experienced after the council that anyone his age, which is a bit young than me, can certainly confirm.
Thus, I prefer, like Bishop Baron, to uphold Vatican II and its integrity and rather critique its manner of implementation. And I prefer to critique the lack of critique from bishops of the Church concerning Vatican II’s implementation that has led to about 12 % of Catholics attending Mass, a gauge about the success or failure of a Council’s implementation.
I support Pope Benedict’s vision for Vatican II which he enunciated very clearly and his papacy gave witness, especially his liturgical vision, his call for a more ‘universal” Liturgy in terms of style and language and his call that Catholic laity and clergy be faithful to the Church by witnessing to the Light of Christ in the world.
We must reach those who are alienated from God or know Him not, with the medicine of truth, even if that Medicine tastes bitter to them. It is here, that the implementation of Lunmen Gentium of Vatican II combined with a miserable implementation of the reformed liturgy, has undermined the actual Council.
When you have the National Chismatic Reporter, pro-abortion Catholic politicians evangelizing the world with a heresy rather than truth, and the bishops of local dioceses where these things originate doing nothing, that undermines Vatican II pure and simple.
It is up to bishops who supervise their priest and religious who work in their dioceses to make sure a heresy is not being witnessed by any Catholic in their diocese as it goes against one of the most important documents of VAtican II, Lumen Gentium. They need to call them out, be it a pubic person like a Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi or a Michael Voris on the other end or fascist Catholics on the far right of things.
And when it comes to the post-Vatican II liturgy and any liturgy accepted by the Church today, to include the EF Mass, the Ordinariate’s Mass, the different rite Masses in the Latin Rite as well as Eastern Rite Liturgies, bishops must model reading the black and doing the red and expecting their priests and parishes doing the same. Lumen Gentium and Sacrosantum Concilium are inter related in this regard. A corruption of the Mass and other liturgies is a corruption of Vatican II and its implementation.
What say you?