Thursday, December 28, 2006

Spirit and Truth

When Chittister and friends start criticizing the Pope just hand them this little phrase from one of the true fruits of Vatican 2–Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium—promulgated by Pope Paul VI, November 21, 1964:

The pope's power of primacy over all, both pastors and faithful, remains whole and intact. In virtue of his office, that is as Vicar of Christ and pastor of the whole Church, the Roman Pontiff has full, supreme and universal power over the Church. And he is always free to exercise this power.

Also, when they start complaining about Latin in Catholic worship, offer them this gem again from the true fruits of Vatican 2—Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium—promulgated by Pope Paul VI, December 4, 1963:

Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.

Most Catholics haven’t a clue that much of the drivel imposed on them over the past 40 years has little basis on the works of the Council. Manipulation and deceit is the “smoke of Satan” referred to by Pope Paul VI.

I understand why Benedict XVI suggests a scholarly interpretation of the V2 documents.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spirit and Truth is a good title for this post. The truth is, the spirit of Vatican II was and continues to be, misinterpreted and manipulated by many, so that one can barely recognize the Catholic Church anymore.

7:56 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

The One, True Church of God will prevail.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most Catholics haven’t a clue that much of the drivel imposed on them over the past 40 years has little basis on the works of the Council.

Yep: whenever anybody talks about "the spirit of Vatican II," what they're really saying is, Vatican II didn't go far enough (to support whatever kookburger thing they're pushing). But if the Council Fathers had just thought it through long enough, they'd have approved it!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

How about an OBVIOUS interpretation of Vatican II?

I'm currently taking a class on the writings of JPII and through this have learned of his dedication to the implementation of the teachings of V2...and the more I learn, the more despondant I become over the seemingly willful misinterpretations that have happened.

I'm not sure I'll be pursuing further studies formally (cost being the greatest barrier right now), but with my newfound knowledge I hope to read ALL the documents in great detail...and decimate the "Spirit of Vatican II" crowd because they have no idea what they're talking about.

That's all I have to say about that...for now....

10:46 PM  

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