Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Incoming Indignation Alert! (subsistit in)

Now he's done it! Okay, actually, THEY'VE done it (although AP doesn't seem to know the difference).

It's not surprising that the AP so badly mangles the details of reports on the Church but that they even care at all what the Curia publishes. Of course, it gives them a nice big spoon with which to stir the pot. As Mark Shea is fond of saying, deduct IQ points whenever media types talk about the Catholic Church.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has released a Document Regarding Certain Aspects of Church Doctrine. If you think the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum and its accompanying letter would cause fits among the prophets of the Spirit of Vatican II, just wait to see their reaction to this.

"A blow to ecumenism!"

"Rolling back the reforms of Vatican II!"

"A slap in the face of the faithful!"

"I nearly broke down in tears!"

.... except that this statement simply reiterates what's in both Lumen Gentium 15 and the paragraph 838 of the Catechism.

So there is yet more evidence that those who claim the rupture from tradition have either not read the documents from Vatican II or have "nuanced" them into senselessness.

Not that we should not still seek unity. We need to pray for it, for ourselves, for those who disagree with us, for those who choose to ignore the teachings of the Church and the authority of the Magisterium.

UPDATE: Thomas Peters (the American Papist) points out a lacunae in the reporting. There were actually two documents published regarding these questions. Thanks, Thomas!
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