Saturday, February 8, 2014

Who Said It? (ANSWER)

Catholics enjoy an "exalted status."
1. The Council of Trent
2. Pope Francis
3. Vatican II
4. St. Josemaria Escriva

"All the Church’s children should remember that their exalted status is to be attributed not to their own merits but to the special grace of Christ. If they fail moreover to respond to that grace in thought, word and deed, not only shall they not be saved but they will be the more severely judged."

Lumen Gentium. (Vatican II.)

The "pastoral" council, was not to be "negative" like Trent and others before it. That was the experiment, anyway. It avoided clarifying doctrines by use of the anathema. Instead it issued long, rambling, ambiguous documents which, moreover, were necessarily compromises. If you read them according to Pope Benedict's "hermeneutic of continuity," they do not force Modernist conclusions. Unfortunately, they don't necessarily rule them out, either. It would appear that the experiment was thus not successful. This is not to reject the Council, but to recognize its unique place in Church history.

I don't sweat Vatican II anymore. Most of the problems since then are not directly linked to the documents themselves. Vatican II provided the cover for what can only be called an attempted Modernist coup d'etat, whose outcome remains in doubt to this day.

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