26 May 2009

The Pope Returns to the Question of the Proper Interpretation of Vatican II


Rorate Caeli reports on a second major address by the Holy Father concerning the proper interpretative hermeneutic of the Second Vatican Council, in order to counteract the damage done by the "Spirit of V2" crowd.  The post from RC:

In his epoch-making speech of December 22, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI introduced the notion that the documents of the Second Vatican Council must be interpreted only according to what he called the "hermeneutic of continuity" - that is, continuity with Tradition.

Today, the Pontiff developed this notion in his opening address of the Ecclesial Congress (Convegno Ecclesiale) of the Diocese of Rome. Excerpts:

"The Council was not a rupture which brought a new church into life, but a true and deep renewal of a single subject who develops."

According to the Pope, the Council "yielded good fruits", but was distorted by "an interpretive current which,  referring to a supposed 'spirit of the Council'intended instead to establish a discontinuity with the Tradition of the Church, confusing, for instance, the objetively existing boundaries between the hierarchy and the lay faithful, observing the Church accordinng to a horizontal cut which excluded the vertical reference to God, in open contrast with Catholic doctrine."

The entire transcript of the address is not yet available online.

2 comments:

Fenian said...

Thanks be to God that he is addressing this issue. It has been a long time coming.

Perhaps we can now start cracking down on liturgical abuses and the confusion that exists in regard to the role of the clergy and laity.

c.rook said...

It will be exciting to see where this could lead. Although I suspect "cracking down" will not occur as some would like.