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South African Bishop – Pope Benedict XVI a revaunchist, young, orthodox Catholics afraid to face the world July 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.

And women’s ordination should be on the table, too!   He also attacked the very good Bishop Slattery of Tulsa, who actually took the time to personally thank many people who sent him kind words after celebrating a Pontifical High Mass (I have sent Bishop Farrell numerous communications, he has never responded to one), for being  a triumphalist, and for acting in the manner of a medieval royal court.  Wait, I thought the “Vatican II changed everything” types were all about collegiality?  Read this, and tell me that this Bishop Kevin Dowling does not have a “hermeneutic of rupture” about him:

The Southern Cross about three or four weeks ago published a picture of Bishop Slattery with his “cappa magna” – in colour, nogal! For me, such a display of what amounts to triumphalism in a Church torn apart by the sexual abuse scandal, is most unfortunate. What happened there bore the marks of a medieval royal court, not the humble, servant leadership modelled by Jesus. But it seems to me that this is also a symbol of what has been happening in the Church especially since Pope John Paul II became the Bishop of Rome and up till today — and that is “restorationism”, the carefully planned dismantling of the theology, ecclesiology, pastoral vision, indeed the “opening of the windows” of Vatican II – in order to “restore” a previous, or more controllable model of Church through an increasingly centralised power structure; a structure which now controls everything in the life of the Church through a network of Vatican Congregations led by Cardinals who ensure strict compliance with what is deemed by them to be “orthodox”. Those who do not comply face censure and punishment, e.g. theologians who are forbidden to teach in Catholic faculties …

I find it impossible to conclude, after Pope John Paul II’s pronouncements on the impossibility of women’s ordination, that this issue is not a part of the “deposit of the Faith.”  It is very interesting to me that, when it comes to these ‘rupture’ oriented points of theology, the issue is never settled until it is settled in favor of the rupture viewpoint. 

But this is not all.  You young, orthodox people, you young ladies joining cloistered orders in your hundreds annually, you young men entering seminary in steadily greater numbers:  you’re just looking for an ecclesial pacifier, to keep you from having to engage the big, bad, secular world:

The rise of conservative groups and organizations in the Church over the past 40 years and more, which attract significant numbers of adherents, has led to a phenomenon which I find difficult to deal with, viz. an inward looking Church, fearful of if not antagonistic towards a secularist world with its concomitant danger of relativism especially in terms of truth and morality – frequently referred to by Pope Benedict XVI; a Church which gives an impression of “retreating behind the wagons”, and relying on a strong central authority to ensure unity through uniformity in belief and praxis in the face of such dangers. The fear is that without such supervision and control, and that if any freedom in decision-making is allowed, even in less important matters, this will open the door to division and a breakdown in the unity of the Church.

Dude, where have you been?  “This will open the door to division and a breakdown of unity?”  Did you not just witness the ‘magisterium of nuns’ defy their bishops explicit guidance and support a bill that will lead to vastly expanded killing of children?   Do you not witness 97% of Catholics practicing contraception, in spite of clear, authoritative Church doctrine to the contrary?  Do you not see the incredible decline in Church membership and attendance in the West?  What are these wonderful benefits of which you speak, this “theology, ecclesiology, pastoral vision, indeed the opening of the windows,” that you are so entralled of?  Nuns who are ‘post-Christian’ and who serve as abortion mill “escorts?”  Priests who leave to get married and still insist on calling themselves faithful Catholics?   About half the Church membership in the US thinking it’s cool to have an abortion?

Look – Vatican II did a  number of good things.  But I cannot accept this opinion that there was a ‘pre-Vatican II Church’, and a ‘post-Vatican II Church.’  This is a contradiction of a principle solemnly defined by Pope St. Pius X in Pascendi Domini Gregis, that all new doctrine in the Church must be rooted in, and agree with, all that has come before.  So, whatever Vatican II did, it must be in union with all that came before. 

This highlights to me the grave need for the re-examination and clarification of many of the Vatican II documents, which Vatican theologian Msgr. Gherardini makes plain in his new book.  We have sitting bishops claiming that efforts to bring certain older practices back into more common usage are somehow a violation of the Council (I should add that this bishop has been in trouble for being involved in distributing condoms as a means of HIV prevention, and he ‘dissents’ from Church doctrine in a host of areas).  You can see how this might tend to confuse the faithful.


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