Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Finally the Light Comes On

Stolen from the Catholic Caveman

Thanks Guys and Salute

From The Telegraph (of London)

Is it just me?
Gerald Warner

Fifty years on: time to revisit and reform the Second Vatican Catastrophe

Benedict XVI grows in stature as his reign progresses. To the momentous achievement of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, freeing the Tridentine Mass, he has now added the sagacious and just lifting of the excommunications imposed on the four bishops of the Society of St Pius X.

Although there was widespread scepticism about the validity of those censures, their lifting removes a roadblock to the restoration of the Church after the damage wrought by the Second Vatican Catastrophe. Not everyone is happy about the pardoning of the bishops. The staff of The Tablet
[the uber-liberal rag of the English & Welsh Conference of Bishops] are rumoured to be on suicide watch, while the malign spirit of those who, without any conscious irony, denominate themselves "liberals" was well illustrated by Gianni Gennari, an Italian journalist.

Gennari is a laicized priest, now married. Fighting back tears, he responded to news of the lifting of the excommunications: "It is a tragedy, the complete debacle of the Church!... I am disappointed, stunned, scandalised... In this case there is no place for the mercy of Christ"... Of course not. The Modernists have always excluded from any kind of mercy those faithful Catholics who adhere unreservedly to the Deposit of Faith. Anything that reduces the likes of Gennari to tears has to be good news.

Over the past few days, some blinkeredly optimistic souls have been trying - without much real hope - to persuade Catholics to "celebrate" the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the Second Vatican Council. This was the great "renewal", when the Holy Ghost inspired the Church to aggiornamento, or modernisation. What form has that Renewal taken?

In England and Wales in 1964, at the end of the Council, there were 137,673 Catholic baptisms; in 2003 the figure was 56,180. In 1964 there were 45,592 Catholic marriages, in 2003 there were 11,013. Mass attendance has fallen by 40 per cent. In "Holy" Ireland, only 48 per cent of so-called Catholics go to Mass. In France, there were 35,000 priests in 1980; today there are fewer than 19,000. Renewal?

In the United States, in 1965, there were 1,575 priestly ordinations; in 2002 there were 450 - a 350 per cent decline. In 1965 there were 49,000 seminarians, in 2002 just 4,700. Today 15 per cent of US parishes are without priests. Only 25 per cent of America's nominal Catholics attend Mass. Worse still is the erosion of faith among those who ludicrously describe themselves as Catholics. Among US Catholics aged 18-44 (the children of Vatican II) as many as 70 per cent say they believe the Eucharist is merely a "symbolic reminder" of Christ.

To describe this unprecedented collapse of the Church as "renewal" is insane; to attribute it to the operation of the Holy Ghost is blasphemous. The Catholic Church is in the same position as an alcoholic: until it admits to the problem, no cure is possible. The problem is Vatican II.

Pope Benedict himself has expressed reservations about at least one Council document. The only remotely celebratory response to the Council's 50th anniversary would be to appoint a commission of orthodox theologians to scrutinise all of Vatican II's documents and correct their errors. It is time to revisit and reform this council that has brought forth such poisonous fruits.

Finally someones got it, VII was a rip roaring disaster, we need the SPPX more than we need more of the failed happy clappy crapola

The Egyptian

1 comment:

Kurt H said...

"Correct their errors?" There are sixteen documents, including four Constitutions. Vatican II was an ecumenical council that produced documents that were ratified by the Pope. John Paul II and Benedict XVI have led the charge to an authentic interpretation of those documents. Much of what happened in the aftermath of Vatican II was not supported by the documents in the first place.

Which document would you suggest is in error? If so, is it because the Council was not a valid ecumenical council? If it was a valid council and the documents are still wrong, then the documents of any council (including Nicea and Trent) can be wrong. The authority of the Magisterium of the Church is not something that we can pick and choose.

The SSPX, which rejects the Council and the authority of the Pope, is not the answer. I pray that they are reunited to the Church, but they will have to renounce their pride and acknowledge the authority of Peter before that is possible. Those Lefebvrites willing to do so have already come back and are members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.