It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Saturday, August 4, 2007

ALERT: Pope Declares Vatican II Changed Nothing!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's an important point lost in most conversations on the topic these days. Thankfully, Pope Benedict XVI is reminding us of this on a regular basis. The Second Vatican Council was pastoral in nature. That means it didn't change a single doctrine. It didn't add any new doctrines either. Nor did it issue the customary anathemas of false doctrines. It simply elaborated on existing doctrines, and represented them in a modern way to accommodate the pastoral needs of the Church. That's it! There was no watershed. There was no reinvention. In order to properly understand Vatican II, one must interpret Vatican II in the context of historic Church tradition used before and during Vatican II.

Pope Benedict XVI warns us against interpreting Vatican II as a "rupture" in the Church's tradition. That has been the source of the Church's problems in this post-conciliar period. After the Council completed its work, many Modernists (i.e. Liberals) inserted their own ideologies into their interpretation of the Council documents, rather than sticking to the context of historical tradition. This error has wreaked havoc on the Church's development in Western nations for the last 40 years. It's a form of chaos that must be corrected, and is currently being corrected, with much pain and difficulty for Western Catholics who have become accustomed to a Modernist misunderstanding of Vatican II.

The following is an excerpt of Pope John XXIII's Opening Address to the Second Vatican Council, given on October 11, 1962. I've emphasized those remarks that point out the pastoral context of Vatican II. The entire address can be viewed by clicking on the link below....
The salient point of this Council is not, therefore, a discussion of one article or another of the fundamental doctrine of the Church which has repeatedly been taught by the Fathers and by ancient and modern theologians, and which is presumed to be well known and familiar to all.

For this a Council was not necessary. But from the renewed, serene, and tranquil adherence to all the teaching of the Church in its entirety and preciseness, as it still shines forth in the Acts of the Council of Trent and First Vatican Council, the Christian, Catholic, and apostolic spirit of the whole world expects a step forward toward a doctrinal penetration and a formation of consciousness in faithful and perfect conformity to the authentic doctrine, which, however, should be studied and expounded through the methods of research and through the literary forms of modern thought. The substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another. And it is the latter that must be taken into great consideration with patience if necessary, everything being measured in the forms and proportions of a magisterium which is predominantly pastoral in character....

read full address here