B16: No more church of what’s-happenin’-now.

I continue in my belief that Benedict’s decision to resign is a momentous time of reform and readying the Church for the modern age. Last week, B16 addressed the Roman clergy and gave informal remarks reflecting on Vatican II. They were in many ways a reiteration of his 2005 Address to the Roman Curia…which most of us didn’t notice.

The fact that he chose now to hit the same theme suggests that it’s important and tied to the legacy of his papacy. I’ve got an article on it here at National Catholic Register, which includes links to both addresses. At the very least, skim my piece. If you can, read both of his addresses. I see the potential for some great doctoral work here.


Key points:

  • The content of the faith is unchanging; the ways in which we communicate it might change due to circumstances. But it’s the same teaching
  • Vatican II got hijacked by the media. B16 says that there were two councils: The real on and the virtual one that was held by the media. The real one is prevailing. This has been his and JP2’s life work.
  • Life before V2 was not idyllic. The Church was facing a real crisis: “it seemed like a reality of the past and not the bearer of the future.”
  • The liturgy needed to be reformed.

Exciting times ahead, particularly as the cardinals prepare for the Conclave.



  • AuthenticBioethics

    The liturgy needed to be reformed. Hmm. I have been attending an Extraordinary Form Mass – that is, the PRE-Vatican-II Mass – for the last few years and every time I attend an Ordinary Form Mass, I am ever more convinced it is not the PRE-Vatican-II Mass that needs reform. And I say this in strong agreement with everything else the Pope has been saying about V-II. I am convinced that a lot of what happened since the Council hasn’t been in line with what the Council actually stated, and if people actually read the Conciliar documents, they would agree. I am NOT a “radical traditionalist.” I am not a “V-II was heretical” type. Just the opposite.

    So, if Pope Benedict is right, then the statement “The liturgy needed to be reformed” needs more context. I understand that priests were not very diligent about the Mass or what has been termed the “ars celebrandi” and that people were beginning to lose perspective of the value and dignity of the Mass in the lives of the faithful. That stuff around the Mass needed to be reformed, perhaps. But the Mass itself? As I’ve been experiencing it, it does not appear to be in need of any reform.

  • abadilla

    Well, if it isn’t Tranxtian and Frantastic1 pontificating about the Church they hate. Anything new they have to say?
    Don’t worry Pia, those folks have as much credibility as me talking about sports or the Oscars tonight, none!

  • Frantastic1

    The Pope himself said that “evil, suffering and corruption” within the hierarchy has defaced the Church. Why didn’t you report about that?

  • tranxtian

    Not really sure what alternate reality distortion field that you are caught in that you continue to post that the Catholic Church is some bearer of the modern age. Don’t even think I need to qualify that with an example as its quite obvious to anyone that is even remotely paying attention.



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