“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too..”—Pope Benedict XVI
Although not a papal magisterial statement, when Pope Francis contradicted and abrogated the papacy of Pope Benedict and by extension also that of Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Francis undetermined not only the Second Vatican Council but also papal authority thus exacerbating the already huge virtual schism in the Catholic Church created by those who promote Vatican II as a rupture with what preceded it rather than in continuity with it.
I consider myself a papist and an orthodox Catholic. What Pope Benedict wanted to do and he made it quite clear in his Christmas talk to cardinals shortly after his election, was to interpret Vatican II in continuity with what preceded this council. He saw this as the way forward for the Church in crisis because of misinterpretations of Vatican II as though a new Church was created.
In his attempt to reconcile the SSPX with the Church (which, when you think about it, is a part of this continuity meme) Pope Benedict even went so far as to say that there are some “theologies” of Vatican II that do not rise to the level of a doctrine let alone a dogma. The two sticking points for the SSPX are the documents on religious liberty and the one on ecumenism, interfaith dialogue and dialogue with unbelievers and the world.
These can be consider as the theology of limbo for unbaptized babies. Take it or leave it, but it isn’t doctrine or dogma, merely a “theology.”
In canceling Pope Benedict’s method of interpreting Vatican II which allows for the continuation of the pre-Vatican II Mass and a less dogmatic interpretation of Vatican II, Pope Francis has made Pope Benedict’s point in an unwittingly brilliant way.
Thus we have a line drawn in the sand about papal authority and the authority of ecumenical councils that are not dogmatic but are promoted as such.
I am with Pope Benedict and others are with Pope Francis. Is this a Peter and Paul moment? Or is it a schism?
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