VATICAN COUNCIL II – A REFLECTION

A Timely Reflection on Vatican II by Una Voce Miami

VATICAN COUNCIL II: A BRIDGE THAT UNITES OR A WEDGE THAT DIVIDES?

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AS CATHOLICS faithful to the Church’s Magisterium, wishing to strengthen our bonds of unity, love, and respect among brothers, we fraternally share this honest and fair-minded reflection on Vatican Council II.

1. By the expressed will of its organizers and its own definition, Vatican II is a pastoral council, not dogmatic one. As such, it didn’t define any question of faith or of revealed truth; rather it introduced novelties, offered suggestions, and made interpretations and assumptions ingratiating it with the times.

2. The Council sparked in its midst heated debate, intense controversy and serious objections, not a few of which are universally recognized as doctrinally valid and theologically well-founded. It completely failed to address the question of Russia’s Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as specifically requested by the Mother of God at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. And, to the alarm of many, Vatican II also refused to condemn the Nazi genocide during the Third Reich, or even denounce the Communist persecution of the Church, the horrific Marxist oppression of humanity, and other terrible evils inflicting immense suffering on mankind.

3. Renowned Catholic scholars, prelates, and theologians, men of proven fidelity and devotion to the Church, have objected to Council texts they believe break with Catholic Tradition and undermine the Church’s divine mission. Today, more than half a century later, huge numbers of terrible apostasies, bitter quarrels, legal battles, and egregious public scandals continue to painfully haunt and plague the Church worldwide, exactly as many wise and faithful Catholics warned.

4. Denying, ignoring, or minimizing these festering disagreements and unresolved objections, or worse, attacking or silencing those with the courage, honesty and integrity to express them; far from healing the wounds only deepens them; far from resolving the conflict only worsens it; inciting greater resentment, animosity and war; turning Christ’s Church into a bloody battlefield and a shameful cause of scandal to the world.

5. Neither Vatican II or John Paul II’s Catechism of the Catholic Church teach that Vatican II’s assumptions, opinions, or novelties are dogmas or articles of faith. Therefore, to dogmatically impose the Council; erecting it as a barrier that divides or a wall that separates Catholics who, precisely because of their fidelity to the Church’s perennial Magisterium, in good conscience, cannot accept the Council’s agenda and opinions, is a grave injustice that not only violates Vatican II’s letter and spirit, but deeply offends just about everything that Vatican II is supposed to represent: acceptance of diversity, tolerance of others, so-called “religious freedom,” respect for conscience, and its much-vaunted “human rights.”

6. There are those who don’t see in Vatican II’s texts ambiguities and doctrinal deviations that subvert and/or contradict the Church’s Magisterium and Tradition. But there are those who, in good conscience and fidelity to Christ, do. Mindful of their legitimate concerns and varying opinions among Catholics of good faith, we at Una Voce Miami opt to fulfill our Christ-ordered obligation to love, understand and show respect to all of our brothers equally, by not excluding, rejecting, or discriminating against any brother because of his support, opposition or neutrality to Vatican II.

7. While acknowledging that many of the Council’s texts deal with matters essential to the Church’s unity, we reaffirm the great Saint Augustine of Hippo’s wise axiom that should guide us always: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, freedom; in all things, charity.” Therefore, in fidelity to the mind and perennial Magisterium of the Church, and out of full respect for Vatican II itself, we oppose any side imposing Vatican Council II as a “super dogma” or using it as a pretext to bully, discriminate, persecute, or otherwise create discord or division among Catholics faithful to the Church’s Magisterium and Tradition.

Remember: true Catholics never use Vatican II as a pretext to bully, as a weapon to attack, or as a wedge to divide the Church. Let us all unite to say: “No” to bullying, “No” to division, “No” to discord!

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