CDF rejects SSPX second response
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(02-03-2012, 01:34 PM)newyorkcatholic Wrote: Now where's the line between the obvious teaching of the magisterium and the interpretation of it?  I don't know.

Quite right - the question is what is obvious.  Your women's ordination example was good, and there are many others.  But I don't see how the majority of topics covered by the Vatican II documents held in question fall into this category.  Even if the teachings in these areas are obvious, it is not obvious that the Vatican II documents contradict them (particularly given the vague wording in them).  If it were obvious, the majority of the Catholics at the time would have recognized it and refused to accept it.  But they did not.  Nor did the majority of bishops.  Nor did the majority of theologians.  But we've already had a lengthy thread about that recently.

As Vetus rightly points out, the Catholic faith is knowable by the laity.  That does not mean that every complex theological point is obvious.  Nor does it give the laity (or individual clergy) the right to interpret magisterial teachings.  Nor does it give them the right to declare anyone a heretic (there are established legal procedures for this).  And all of this stuff is <i>important</i>, because it's what holds the Church together.  The Protestants forgot this and where did it leave them?  With countless small groups with widely differing teachings in only a few hundred years.  God gave us a Church with a hierarchy and pope exactly for this reason - because somebody has to be charge, otherwise, it's chaos.  Not because of bad intentions, but because human beings are not perfect, and our reasoning and judgment is not perfect.  We make mistakes, even in good faith.  And that is why infallibility (understood correctly, of course) is essential to this structure - because without that, there is the risk of erroneous human judgment, no matter how well-intentioned, perverting the teachings that were left to us.

The problem I have here is not that the SSPX wants to clarify what certainly are eyebrow raising statements and bring sanity back to troubled times, but that the way they have chosen to go about this sets an extremely bad precedent:  Don't like what you see?  Just strike out on your own and do whatever you want.  They say that they have not separated themselves from the Church, but really this means nothing when they answer to no one and do nothing they are told.  And this includes things that are entirely within the legitimate power of those above them, and not directly connected to their objections, such as consecrating bishops.  Of course their argument is that they needed to consecrate bishops so preserve tradition, but this is an out that lets them do whatever they like toward that end, with themselves as they only judge as to what is necessary.  The Church cannot operate this way.

And the thing here is that the SSPX is full of good priests who want to be Catholic and want to serve the Church, and posses great knowledge and skills toward this end, but by taking this approach may have placed themselves in the very "side chapel" they are hoping to avoid by "rejoining Rome".  Because they aren't going to "convert" Rome.  That's a nonsensical notion.  The only way this will end is with the SSPX completely separating itself from the Church, in truth as well as in practice, or with some pope in the future interpreting the Vatican II documents to their satisfaction or saying they can be ignored because of their ambiguity or because they serve no good purpose - NOT because they contradict previous Catholic teachings.
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Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Dmorgan - 02-01-2012, 09:21 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Aragon - 02-02-2012, 05:48 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Josué - 02-03-2012, 01:24 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 01:11 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 01:32 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 03:46 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 04:40 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Dmorgan - 02-03-2012, 05:12 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by FHM310 - 02-03-2012, 05:12 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Nic - 02-03-2012, 05:18 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 05:32 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 06:38 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-03-2012, 07:45 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 07:53 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 07:57 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 08:12 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 08:16 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Dmorgan - 02-03-2012, 09:48 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Justin - 02-03-2012, 09:58 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 10:13 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-03-2012, 10:47 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-03-2012, 11:31 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 12:16 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-04-2012, 12:34 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 12:39 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Aragon - 02-04-2012, 12:40 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Tapatio - 02-04-2012, 12:50 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-04-2012, 12:51 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-04-2012, 01:02 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Aragon - 02-04-2012, 01:14 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Dmorgan - 02-04-2012, 09:33 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 09:40 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-04-2012, 12:32 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Meg - 02-04-2012, 01:00 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Meg - 02-04-2012, 01:30 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 01:41 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 01:53 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Graham - 02-04-2012, 02:22 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Justin - 02-04-2012, 02:33 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 03:23 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 04:56 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 06:46 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 07:37 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-04-2012, 08:54 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-05-2012, 10:08 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-05-2012, 03:14 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Silouan - 02-05-2012, 05:41 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-05-2012, 05:57 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-05-2012, 06:19 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Silouan - 02-05-2012, 11:11 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-06-2012, 12:13 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Tapatio - 02-06-2012, 02:53 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-06-2012, 03:07 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Tapatio - 02-06-2012, 09:47 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Doce Me - 02-06-2012, 11:55 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Tapatio - 02-07-2012, 12:49 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by cgraye - 02-07-2012, 11:20 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Tapatio - 02-09-2012, 03:41 AM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Tapatio - 02-12-2012, 02:58 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-12-2012, 07:39 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by Tapatio - 02-12-2012, 11:06 PM
Re: CDF rejects SSPX second response - by JayneK - 02-13-2012, 08:30 AM
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