Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  By this is the spirit of God known. Every spirit which confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God:  And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God: and this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world.  You are of God, little children, and have overcome him. Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."A Vatican II Pope" is the title of the editorial in America magazine introducing the pope's interview. In case you don't know America is a magazine of the Jesuits. It is nearly incomprehensible to me that the Jesuits have become the most liberal of all the major religious orders in the Church.
 They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them.  We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
-- 1 John 4:1-6
St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
In the days after the resignation of Ratzinger and before the election of Bergoglio I wrote...
Our last two popes both participated actively in the council and tried to steer the interpretation of the council afterwards. What will be the relationship of the next pope to the council?Well, Pope Francis has certainly "continually re-addressed" Vatican II since the very moment of his election.
This will be one of the key questions that the next pope will need to answer early on in his papacy. And he will need to continually re-address this issue throughout his papacy, just as Benedict had to.
The America magazine editorial says:
"[Francis] has been putting [the council’s basic message] into action by word and deed ever since his election."In other words the documents of Vatican II are not important. What is important is "the council’s basic message" which is "the spirit of Vatican II".
Pope Benedict said:
"The hermeneutic of discontinuity risks ending in a split between the pre-conciliar Church and the post-conciliar Church. It asserts that the texts of the Council as such do not yet express the true spirit of the Council. It claims that they are the result of compromises in which, to reach unanimity, it was found necessary to keep and reconfirm many old things that are now pointless. However, the true spirit of the Council is not to be found in these compromises but instead in the impulses toward the new that are contained in the texts."Pope Francis said:
"The council was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit, but after 50 years, have we done everything the Holy Spirit in the council told us to do?" .... "There are voices saying we should go back. This is called being hard-headed, this is called wanting to domesticate the Holy Spirit, this is called becoming 'foolish and slow of heart.'"I have my doubts as to the nature of the "spirit" of Vatican II. I'm convinced that it has very little if anything to do with the Holy Spirit.
Despite what others may say, Francis is driving a wedge through the Church. He is drawing a line between the pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II Church.
If I have to choose, then there is no doubt that I choose the Church of Jesus Christ and the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church and the Saints and the Angels and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Pray for the Pope and the Holy Catholic Church.
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