Thursday, January 12, 2006

Will the real Vatican II please stand up?

As we enter a new year, we remember that is has been 40 years since the council. On Dec 22, Benedict XVI pointed out that there are two conflicting views of what that council was and what it did. The pope points out that there are two conflicting views of the council. That which he calls the "hermeneutics of discontinuity and rupture" "between the pre-conciliar and post-conciliar Church" is set in opposition to what he calls "the hermeneutics of reform."

It is my observation that the underlying error that motivates the "hermeneutics of discontinuity and rupture" is materialism, a loss of effective belief in the supernatural; perhaps what John Paul II meant by "a loss of the sense of the sacred." The quote from Newman in the previous post I think expresses it well. The mission of the Church is the salvation of souls. A materialist view cannot agree with what Newman has written, and so will write it off, placing work for material ends above our supernatural end.

The materialist today likes to pretend that they have a corner on compassion, and that the pre-conciliar church was somehow less compassionate. I find this to be contradictory to the historical reality. The Church has brought us hospitals, schools, universities; it is the religious materialists who have abandoned those institutions of humble service to the material needs of others, and then they calumniate others for lack of compassion?

The full text from the pope is here:

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