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Leading theologians on continuity/rupture with regard to Vatican II July 14, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic.

In a follow up to the discussion surrounding my post on Msgr. Gherardini’s book calling for a re-examination and explanation of much of the confusing portions of Vatican II, here is an article by the awesome Sandro Magister that adds to the discussion with an analysis of the criticism of Vatican II by another leading Catholic thinker, Romano Amerio.  The article is not too long, but I don’t want to copy too much, so here’s a brief bit:

The self-demolition of the Church deplored by Paul VI in the famous speech at the Lombard Seminary on September 11, 1974, is becoming clearer by the day. Even during the council itself, Cardinal Heenan (Primate of England) complained that the bishops had ceased exercising the office of the magisterium, but comforted himself with the observation that this office was fully preserved in the Roman pontificate. The observation was and is false. Today the episcopal magisterium has ceased, and that of the pope as well. Today the magisterium is exercised by theologians who have shaped all of the opinions of the Christian people, and have disqualified the dogma of the faith. I heard an astonishing demonstration of this while listening to the theologian of Radio Maria last night. With boldness and great tranquility, he denied articles of the faith. He taught […] that the pagans to whom the Gospel is not proclaimed, if they follow the dictates of natural justice and try to seek God with sincerity, will go to the beatific vision. This modern doctrine goes back to the ancient Church, but it was always condemned as error. But the ancient theologians, while they held firm the dogma of the faith, nevertheless felt all of the difficulty that dogma encounters, and tried to overcome it with profound thinking. The modern theologians, however, do not perceive the intrinsic difficulties of dogma, but run straight to the ‘lectio facilior,’ sweeping all the doctrinal decrees of the magisterium under the rug. And they do not realize that by doing this they negate the value of baptism and the entire supernatural order, our whole religion. Rejection of the magisterium is widespread on other points as well. Hell, the immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the body, the immutability of God, the historicity of Christ, the unlawfulness of sodomy, the sacred and indissoluble nature of matrimony, the natural law, the primacy of the divine are other arguments in which the magisterium of the theologians has eliminated the magisterium of the Church. This arrogance of the theologians is the most visible phenomenon of self-demolition.”

Go read it all, then come back and discuss.  Anyone know if there are English translations of either or Amerio’s books?


1. Steve B - July 15, 2010


Romano Amerio’s classic book “Iota Unum” is translated into English and is available via Amazon – although I have read that it is erroneously listed as hardback there when it is actually the paperback version.

To get the hardback version, go to the Angelus Press web site….

I’m not even sure what is Amerio’s other offering, nor whether it has been translated into English.

Pax et benedictiones tibi, per Christum Dominum nostrum,

Steve B
Plano, TX

tantamergo - July 15, 2010

You’re awesome, Steve, and while you’re on vacation, no less. Thanks!

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