Vatican II: A moment of grace … followed by fifty years of chaos.

Two famous 1960’s era radicals

The Pope remembered the great sight of over 3,000 bishops from around the world “gathered under the guidance of the Successor of the Apostle Peter” at “the school of the Holy Spirit, the true driving force of the Council.” At few other times, he suggested, have people been able to “almost concretely ‘touch’ the universality of the Church.”

He also recalled the “the surprise of the small group of cardinals” who were present at the Roman basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls when Pope John XXIII announced the convening of the Second Vatican Council in January 1959. Unlike the previous general councils of the Church, there “were no particular errors of faith to correct or condemn,” nor were there “specific issues of doctrine or discipline to be clarified,” Pope Benedict explained.

The reason for the Council, Benedict XVI said, was spelled out by Pope John in his opening speech when he stated that “faith had to speak in a ‘renewed,’ more incisive way” in a rapidly changing world, while “keeping its perennial contents” and “without giving in or compromising.”

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Editor’s note: How’s that totally unnecessary change working out for everyone, some 50 years after the fact? Evidently, the good Pope John XXIII never heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” All this, while Pope Benedict, the old revolutionary, continues to survey the massive destruction left in the Council’s wake.

Let’s quit blaming the Holy Spirit for this unparalleled debacle and failure, since that would be blasphemy. It is the church hierarchy, caught up in the obtuse spirit of the age, which is primarily responsible for the damage. And that includes ALL of the recent Popes.

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