Saturday, November 17, 2012

Catholic in Brooklyn: Vatican II: Blessing or Curse?

Brothers and sisters: Peace be with you.

My noted blogging colleague, Catholic in Brooklyn, posted a piece you all ought to read. It's titled Vatican II: Blessing or Curse?. Here's a quote:
However, much to the chagrin of many Traditional Catholics, we have the added problem that all of the Holy Fathers since Blessed John XXIII have given their approval to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. This produces a real conundrum for Catholics. If we are to believe those who reject the teachings of Vatican II, then we must also believe that our Popes are not infallible when it comes to faith and morals. If the Popes are not infallible, then it is possible for a Pope to rebel against the guidance of the Holy Spirit when it comes to the teachings of the Church, thus making Jesus Christ a liar. Our Lord told us that the gates of hell would never prevail against the Church, but if our Popes are giving us false teaching, then hell has prevailed in the Church. To quote the Apostle Paul, we are of all men most miserable. They may not realize it, but people like John Vennari are telling us that our Catholic faith has been destroyed and we have no hope.
Read it all here.

Commentary. I must agree with my colleague. I've observed many traditionalist writers, both faithful and schismatic, in English and in Spanish, tying themselves in knots into incoherence trying to nuance Vatican II into oblivion while applying tortuous canonical reasonings in order to preserve their standing in their own eyes. It doesn't work, really, as my friend the Catholic in Brooklyn amply shows. His is a great post we should all read and ponder.