WADE ST. ONGE

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Outline: The New and The Old

Part I: The Story behind Vatican II

1. Pope John's Council

A Surprising Convocation. Inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Expectation and Excitement. Pope John's Opening Speech: the Purpose of the Council. Pope Paul's Closing Speech: Optimism. Post-Conciliar Crisis. Betrayal of the Council. Pope Paul's Diagnosis: Demonic Attack. Contemporary Evaluation of the Council?.

2. Before Vatican II: The Modernist Heresy

The Catholic Faith Explained. Heresies. Modernism Explained. Misleading Modernist Terminology. Modernist Critique of Christ and Christian Revelation. Modernism Before the Council. The Spread of Modernism.

3. During Vatican II: Two Factions

The "Conservatives" and the "Progressives". The Conservative Camp. The Progressive Camp. Modernist Presence? Compromise. Examples of Ambiguity. Modernist M.O.? The True "Catholicity" of the Final Documents, Properly Interpreted.

4. After Vatican II: The Implementation Hijacked

A Climate Ripe for a Modernist Explosion: Modernist Agenda; Pre-Conciliar Catechetical and Liturgical Time Bombs; Biased Media Coverage; Vigil of the Social and Sexual Revolution; The So-called "True Spirit of Vatican II"; Proof-texting the Council.

B. The Hijacking Begins: Episcopal Implementation; Bishops Cede to "Experts"; The "Dutch Catechism"; Crisis in Liturgical Reform; Doctrinal Confusion.

C. Humanae Vitae: The Death Knell of Church Authority: New Views on Contraception; Catholic Support for Infallibility; Liberals Search for One Issue on which to Promote Dissent; The Pro-Contraception Commission; Reaction to Humanae Vitae; Institutionalized Dissent.

D. Reaction rather than Implementation: A Practical Schism; Liturgical and Doctrinal Battles Render Implementation Impossible.

E. The Council "Misimplemented": The "Hijacking" of Vatican II and its Implementation.

Part II: The Relevance of Vatican II

5. Forty Years Later: The Place of the Council Today

A. Three Views of Vatican II: The "Modernist" View, The "Traditionalist" View, Searching for the Middle Ground, The "Progressive Conservative" View, Work of the Holy Spirit: Divine Power over Human Politics.

B. Response to Both Extremes: Response to the Modernist View, The Magisterium: Key to Discerning “Spirit of the Council”, “Pre-Conciliar”. Response to Traditionalists, Delay of Judgment on Merits of Vatican II, Case in Point: Council of Nicaea, A Doctrinal and Pastoral Council, So-Called “Bad Fruits” and their True Source, Continuity of Vatican II, Summary and Balance.

C. Reasons for the Second Vatican Council: Why the Second Vatican Council? "To consummate the truncated First Vatican Council", "The attitude of the Church toward the world", "New ways to express old truths", "The role of the laity in the Church", "Greater participation in the ecumenical movement and in Interreligious Dialogue", "Reform of the Liturgy", "To be faithful to the will of the Holy Spirit". Problems with “Pre-Conciliar” Church.

D. The Relevance of Vatican II Today: A Grace and Gift but Not Fully Implemented. “True Council” vs “False Spirit”. Expectations Turned on their Head. False Interpretations. Partial and Selective Reading. The “True Council”. Remains to be Implemented. Full-Flowering of the Council Still Expected. Prophetic Nature of Vatican II. Vatican II Not A Mistake. Negative Answer: Sin: “Sin of Commission" - Phariseeism, “Sin of Omission” - Lack of Appreciation. The Positive Answer: God’s Providence. Examples in Church History. Positive Affect: Greater Interiority and Appreciation. Vatican II Prepared Church for Social Revolution. The Place of Vatican II in the Future of the Church. Lack of Vision / Focus. “Reform of the Liturgical Reform”. “Re-Implementation of Vatican II”. Recovery and Preservation of Vatican II. Return to the Documents of Vatican II.

6. The Future: Implementing Vatican II Anew

A. Central Conciliar Theme: “The New and the Old” (Mt 13:52). Re-Implementation. Ressourcement and Aggiornamento. Radical “Aggiornamento”. Ressourcement and Aggiornamento: Complimentary rather than Contradictory. Ressourcement Leads to Aggiornamento. False Understanding of Ressourcement. Sacred Scripture. Sacred Tradition: Patristics. Relevancy of the Sources. Aggiornamento.

B. Principles for Reform (7 Part Plan). Return to the Letter; Return to the Spirit; Ressourcement / Aggiornamento (Catholic Tradition; Updated) (against Traditionalists); Reflection on Initial Reform; Reflection on Initial Reform: Church; Reflection on Initial Reform: World; Rooted in the Paschal Mystery. Goal: Deeper Reception - Interior Assimilation and Practical Implementation. Pastoral Program.

C. The Pastoral Plan Explained. Ways and Means to Achieve Pastoral Plan: Points 1, 2, 5. Ways and Means to Achieve Pastoral Plan: Point 3 (Diocesan Synod). Model #1: The Monastery of Cluny. Model #2: Charles Borromeo and the Diocese of Milan. Modern Example of Both Models. The Need for a Model Diocese and a Model Parish to Spur the Re-Implementation. Pastoral Plan: Method of Execution. Saints, not Reformers. The Next Generation. Commending this Work to the Holy Spirit.

Part III: Quoting Vatican II

7. The "False Spirit of Vatican II": 14 Misunderstandings of Vatican II Clarified

1. Authority of Councils. 2. The Sacraments. 3. The Mass. 4. Liturgical Music and Language. 5. Sacred Art and Architecture. 6. Papal Authority. 7. The Priesthood. 8. Church Doctrine. 9. Dissent from Church Doctrine. 10. Scripture and Tradition. 11. The Role of the Laity. 12. Ecumenism. 13. Interreligious Dialogue. 14. Life and Sexual Issues.

8. "Pre-Vatican": 10 Alleged 'Errors of Vatican II' Refuted

1. “This one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church”. 2. Orthodox: "Sister Churches". 3. "No Salvation Outside the Church?" 4. Common Prayer and Worship. 5. Ecumenical Dialogue. 6. Blame for Separation. 7. Interreligious Dialogue. 8. Religious Liberty. 9. “Non-Catholic” Teachings. 10. World Unity.

9. The "True Spirit of Vatican II": 50 Key Teachings of Vatican II Presented

I. FAITHFUL: 1. Communion (Unity) through Service, (according to) Charisms. 2. Holiness through Charity. 3. Evangelisation and the Missions. 4. Temporal Renewal; Building up the World; Collaboration with Men of Good Will. 5. Devotion to Prayer and Participation in the Liturgy. 6. Integrity of Life.

II. PASTORS: 7. The Pastor as Priest (Sanctifying Office). 8. The Pastor as Prophet (Teaching Office). 9. The Pastor as King (Ruling Office).

III. BISHOPS: 10. Pastoral Role. 11. Holiness of Life and Pastoral Charity. 12. Preaching, Teaching, Evangelism; Role in the Modern World. 13. Relationship with Other Clerics.

IV. PRIESTS: 14. Holiness; Priestly Qualities; Evangelical Counsels. 15. Priest Sanctifying through Prayer and Liturgy. 16. Priest as Prophet, Teaching and Preaching, Concern for Evangelism and the Missions. 17. Priest as Ruler, in his Role of Pastoring. 18. Priest: Spiritual, Sacramental, Prayer Life. 19. Relationship with Brother Priests.

V. SEMINARIANS and SEMINARIES: 20. Priestly Life. 21. Pastoral Training and Dialogue. 22. Spiritual Formation. 23. Personal Formation. 24. Teaching Methods; Philosophy; Theology.

VI. RELIGIOUS: 25. Christ as Model for Religious Life; Interior Renewal of Religious. 26. Return to Sources. 27. Share in the Life of the Church. 28. Adjustments in a Spirit of Renewal; Union and Consolidation.

VII. LAITY: 29. The Laity: Evangelism. 30. The Laity: Sanctifying the World. 31. Charity (Soul of Apostolate) and Unity of Life. 32. Work in the Church. 33. Lay Apostolate. 34. Marriage and the Family. 35. Special Groups. 36. Renewal of the State.

VIII. EASTERN CHRISTIANITY: 37. Eastern Christianity.

IX. EDUCATION: 38. Education: Purpose; Ways and Means. 39. Catholic Schools, Colleges. 40. Teachers, Professors, Exegetes, Catechists.

X. LITURGY: 41. Liturgical Reform. XI. MARY and the SAINTS: 42. Devotion to Mary and the Saints.

XII. MEDIA: 43. Social Communication: the Media.

XIII. ECUMENISM: 44. First Principle: Truth and Fairness towards Separated Brethren. 45. Second Principle: Dialogue. 46. Third Principle: Cooperation, Common Prayer.

XIV. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: 47. Interreligious Dialogue. XV. SOCIAL JUSTICE: 48. Social Justice: Purpose and Ways and Means; Peace; Economic Development; Culture.

XVI. MODERN WORLD: 49. The Church in the Modern World. 50. “Practical Christianity” and Inculturation: Bridging the Gap.

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