27 July 2012

Address of John XXIII to Open the Second Vatican Council

The opportuneness of holding the Council is, moreover, venerable brothers, another subject which it is useful to propose for your consideration. Namely, in order to render our Joy more complete, we wish to narrate before this great assembly our assessment of the happy circumstances under which the Ecumenical Council commences.

In the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of discretion or measure. In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras, is getting worse, and they behave as though they had learned nothing from history, which is, none the less, the teacher of life. They behave as though at the time of former Councils everything was a full triumph for the Christian idea and life and for proper religious liberty.

We feel we must disagree with those prophets of gloom, who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand.

In the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations which, by men's own efforts and even beyond their very expectations, are directed toward the fulfilment of God's superior and inscrutable designs. And everything, even human differences, leads to the greater good of the Church.


Anonymous said...

Of course, Timman, you posted this to demonstrate that popes are infallible only when speaking ex cathedra on matters of faith and morals?


Anonymous said...

He held these views despite having a front seat to WWI, WWII, Soviet mass killings/expansionism, the worst part of the Cold War, and post war Western decadence (Rome's La Dolce Vita). It it one thing to mistake the character of a man you seldom see (like JPII & Maciel), but how do you misunderstand your own century?

Long-Skirts said...

"Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations which, by men's own efforts..."


For centuries beeswax
In the sanctuary reigned
Our sacred purpose
From the first ordained.

Producing honeycombs
All that we handle --
Though our sacred purpose -
The Holy Mass candle.

But at the last council
Of the great Church bee
Man turned to man
Birthed sterility.

Graces for fruits
Crops and offspring
Schools, churches shut -
Can’t pollinate a thing

Until man again
On His altars lets towers -
Candles of beeswax
Sacred purpose
…all ours!

Badger Catholic said...

Weird, I just started reading The Rhine Flows into the Tiber where I saw this quote for the first time.