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Prefect of CDF rips ‘heretical’ reading of Vatican II

Catholic World News - November 29, 2012

The new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said that traditionalist Catholics advance a “heretical interpretation” of Vatican II if they claim that the Council made radical changes in Church teaching.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller said that an accurate reading of Vatican II statements must assume that the Council’s statements are in keeping with the established teachings of the Church. The German archbishop strongly endorsed the argument of Pope Benedict XVI that a “hermeneutic of continuity” is required for a proper understanding of the Council.

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  • Posted by: Chatholic - Nov. 30, 2012 11:09 AM ET USA

    No, it said that traditional and progressive camps who see Vatican II as a rupture are misinterpreting the council. That being said, it is much easier to go into the ditch on the left. Why? To progressives their interpretation of Vatican II as 'super council' makes it the most important council ever. To the traditionalist, what it proposes is mean fare when removed from the fiddling with the liturgy (which is now being fixed). In the end, V2 is far down the list of important councils.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Nov. 29, 2012 5:55 PM ET USA

    All of which is to say that on the subject of Vatican II, there is not a nickel's worth of difference between the views of the "Traditionalist" schismatics and the "Progressive" schismatics.

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