I guess this blog will be more of a walk through the recesses of my own thoughts, trying to speculate and piece together what is my opinion. To be sure, it is just that, my opinion.
I think I’ve resisted writing a full post about Vatican II as it was intended, however I fully believe that the time has come in order to shed some light and a ‘How to’ so that it reads in continuity with the previous Councils of the Church. While everyone remembers Pope Emeritus Benedict, in his final address to the priests in Rome, distinguished between the actual Council and the Council of the media, people forget that a major point of contention dear to many Catholics is the hermeneutic of continuity and the role of Mary in the Church. ‘Lumen Gentium,’ The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, is the first written text to address specifically Mary. Before we begin, let’s set the stage. First off, there are no dogmatic definitions and it is written in what is a ‘pastoral’ language. Secondly, the sexual revolution is in full swing, women going to work in the wake of the second world war, and thirdly, especially in the west, the Communist threat is building. (Cuban missile crisis). As well the teachings of Vatican II do not use ‘ex’ cathedra language because that was not its intent. Vatican II is meant to reach the world, and presupposes that the Truths do not change. See the opening address by Pope John XXIII. The reality that this hasn’t happened yet is not because of Vatican II, ‘ambiguities’ or ‘Spirit of VII’ or whatever, it is because of sinful people with an agenda, demolishing the Church from the inside. It took 300 years for Trent to be implemented fully in Quebec, it shouldn’t shock anyone that Vatican II is only just beginning. The issue today is one of Mass media, and many more ‘freemasons.’ (Even Pope Francis acknowledged that,..) Did Vatican II cause a priest shortage and demolish the Church? No, but an argument can be made that it served as a cataclyst launchpad for an agenda ridden ideology to hijack the Church.
Let us begin with a base schema of the Textual Corpus of Vatican II, basically how we can read it. We begin with God who reveals Himself in Jesus Christ through Revelation. This comes to us by transmission in a Document called Dei Verbum. It affirms both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture as having both the same font of Truth as its source. For our protestant friends, this means that Vatican II affirms and explains the Catholic position that the Bible didn’t and couldn’t fall out of the sky, all wrapped up with a leather bound ‘Divine’ Table of contents.
From this document, we can now understand, our two Constitutions on the Church, namely Lumen Gentium and Sancrosanctum Concilium. The first is composed of eight chapters, each with a specific point to address; ‘Lumen Gentium’ means ‘Light of the World! Already the Church in Her Divine Constitution presupposes a Christocentric approach. Let’s go through them, shall we?
1. Church as Mystery
2. Church as ‘People of God.’ (All the baptized)
3. Church as Hierarchical. (The favorite of the heterodox crowd)
4. Church as Laity
5. Church ‘Universal Call to Holiness’
6. The Religious
7. The Eschatological dimension
I think it is important to highlight the Marian dimension. If there was a ‘hot button’ topic at the Council, this topic was akin to speaking about the benefits of Marxism while attending a Bible tent revival in the deep south of the USA. Mary was formally given the title ‘Mater Ecclesia’ as a compromise. One school of thought was that ‘Co-redemptrix’ and ‘mediatrix’ as titles (5th Marian dogma?) were not ready to be accepted at that time. This is where this walkthough becomes a little personal, not as Optimusmastro but as Marco, a seminarian.
Mary, in the economy of Salvation already co-operates with Christ, by simply saying ‘Yes’ to God by her ‘Magnificat.’ (St Luke 1) In this light, can now be read, not only her Immaculate Conception but all the way to Her Assumption and eventual crowning as Queen of Heaven. Mary participates by suffering with her Son. She stands at the foot of the Cross and was given to us by Jesus Himself. (St John’s Gospel.) She intercedes at Cana, and She appears with a Crown in the Apocalypse of St John (Revelation.) Regardless of these realities, our current ecumenical situation finds ourselves in dialog with protestants. That being said, defining as Co-redemptrix would have fundaMENTALists doing handstands frothing at the mouth, as they would hear ‘Co-equal’ instead. Can you picture the CNN interviews with such ‘scholars’ as Bob Jones III and Benny Hinn? It would be entertaining,..(I digress). Since Biblical times, then there have been countless apparitions of Our Lady, from Our Lady of the Pillar, (To St James) all the way to Our Lady of Fatima, (1917). One constant, is that throughout all of the CHURCH APPROVED apparitions, the message is always Christocentric, she points to Jesus!
At Fatima, Our Lady gave three ‘secrets’ with which, depending upon who you listen to have either been completed, not fulfilled or somewhere in between. A sticking point has been Russia. Has Russia been consecrated? Pope Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart, subsequently, Pope John Paul II did the same. One theory is that consecrating Russia by itself would cause an Ecumenical nightmare from the perspective of the Russian Orthodox Church. Another theory is that this consecration must take place in communion with the world’s bishops, and in this light, it is safe to assume that back in the 1980s, not everyone was on the same page. Now what does any of this have to do with Pope Francis?
Well,…since his election to the chair of Peter, his first visit was to the Church of St Mary Major in Rome, bringing flowers to the high Altar. He has since asked that he be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima, he will consecrate the world this coming October 13th to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Now knowing this, according to the media, he has approved gay actions (nope) thinks abortion is okay (nope) and believes atheists are going to Heaven. (nope.) According to Catholic sources, he has since his Papacy began;
-Reaffirmed Church Teaching against women’s ordination. (same airplane interview where he supposedly was open to homosexual marriages. Sadly the media must of all went to the washroom at the same time when he cited Ordinatio Sacerdotalis?)
-Publically rebuked the LCWR in the USA, thereby backing the CDF findings.
-Has mentioned the presence of ‘masons’ and a homosexual lobby in the Vatican.
-Has mentioned satan more than any other Pope in recent memory.
-Consecrated the Vatican (invited Pope Emeritus Benedict) to St Michael the Archangel.
-Publically criticized Archbishop Mueller’s personal opinions of ‘Liberation Theology.’
-Publically endorsed and reconfirmed Msgr Guido Marini, against the wishes of the Italian bishops who wanted him gone. Warned of extremism but nothing that Pope Benedict XVI didn’t already say either.
-Theologically endorsed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (‘Theologically we are in agreement.’)
(To be fair, I doubt that Liturgically they are,…)
-Excommunicated a dissident priest in Australia who promoted women’s ordination, pro choice pro gay marriage, and gave Communion to a dog. (Again, certain media outlets didn’t openly wonder how he is so fluffy, smiley and cuddly, yet did something like this.)
-Finally, Cardinal Raymond Burke still at the Apostolic Signatura.…nuff said!
Perhaps as some people on the extreme right are wondering, he is a Pope of contradictions, or maybe he is a crafty old school Jesuit?
How do we tie in Lumen Gentium, Mary and Francis all together? Well, after some prayer, this is my OPINION, nothing more. It stems from my Faith in the Church, that the Holy Spirit guides Her and that ultimately, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph. I believe that Pope Benedict resigning means that the 2nd Vatican Council has been given its proper orientation within the hermeneutic of continuity. Pope John Paul II, gave us and reasserted the Catechism, when dogmas such as ‘Purgatory’ were called into question. Pope Benedict XVI corrected and set into motion proper Liturgical understanding and reform. Pope Francis will usher in the real Vatican II the way the Holy Spirit wants, not the way Fr McFruitloop and his merry band of lesbian universalists want it.
Back to Lumen Gentium,.. I think I'll need a dozen more posts to develop it more!
I smell Co-Redemptrix…
Our Lady of Fatima,…………………………….ora pro nobis!