Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Are we "required" to follow Vatican II as if it were a dogma?

Required here means on the same level as a dogma like the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  We cannot call ourselves Catholic but do not believe the truth of the Faith.

In response to those who place Vatican II in the pedestal of the greatest and only teachings Catholics MUST follow... as if it is a dogma and denial of such is tantamount to excommunication.

Courtesy of my brother knight, The Catholic Knight


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Pope Benedict XVI (while Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) clearly stated the nature of the Second Vatican Council was pastoral, as the council defined no doctrine infallibly, and sought to maintain a lower profile than previous ecumenical councils....

The Second Vatican Council has not been treated as a part of the entire living Tradition of the Church, but as an end of Tradition, a new start from zero. The truth is that this particular council defined no dogma at all, and deliberately chose to remain on a modest level, as a merely pastoral council; and yet many treat it as though it had made itself into a sort of superdogma which takes away the importance of all the rest.
                                                                                      Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI
                                                                                       given July 13, 1988, in Santiago, Chile

This echoes the words of Pope Paul VI, who concluded the Second Vatican Council, and also stated it was purely pastoral in nature, having not applied the "note of infallibility" to any particular document...

In view of the pastoral nature of the Council, it avoided any extraordinary statements of dogmas endowed with the note of infallibility, but it still provided its teaching with the authority of the Ordinary Magisterium which must be accepted with docility according to the mind of the Council concerning the nature and aims of each document.
                                                                                                                           Pope Paul VI
                                                                                                              General Audience, 12 January 1966
These dissidents are not so hard to find.  Here in the Philippines, they are bred in a theology school named for the "a deceased queen of England who resides in an area in the City of Glasgow" [Suddenly felt like Dan Brown there.].

And these dissidents want you to believe and follow what they say...rather than the pope!

Yeah... right!  Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes!

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