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Aparecida Notes: Latin American bishops
"regret intents to return to pre-Conciliar spirituality"


A very confusing paragraph of the unofficial final document of the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, in Aparecida, Brazil, is a good summary of all that is wrong with the Church in Latin America. In it, we see not only a clear expression of the hermeneutic of rupture, but an honest regret that the rupture of the "Conciliar" Church with the past has not been even greater and more decisive. Naturally, in the end, they sneak in a sentence of Pope Benedict's opening address which is not in any way related to what they have just affirmed - shameless "progressive" modus operandi:

109. We regret a certain clericalism, certain intents to return to an ecclesiology and a spirituality prior to the Second Vatican Council, certain reductionist readings and applications of the Conciliar renewal, the absence of a sense of self-criticism, of an authentic obedience and of the evangelical exercise of authority, the moralisms which weaken the centrality of Jesus Christ, the infidelities to the doctrine, to morals and to communion, our feeble experiences of the preferential option for the poor, not a few secularizing falls in consecrated life, the discrimination of women and their frequent absence from pastoral organizations. As the Holy Father spoke in the Inaugural Speech of our Conference, "one can detect a certain weakening of Christian life in society overall and of participation in the life of the Catholic Church".


And we regret having had to spend a few seconds reading such fatuous self-righteous nonsense.

In this paragraph, one finds a collective answer of the delegates to the Aparecida Conference regarding the liberalization of the Traditional rites of the Latin Church: they "regret ... certain intents to return to ... a spirituality prior to the Second Vatican Council". Thankfully -- and this may have confused some of the delegates who believe they have real power within the universal Church --, Cardinal Castrillón's address on the liberalization of the Traditional Mass was a mere communiqué to the Bishops of Latin America; he was telling the other delegates what was going to happen, not asking them for their permission...

The unofficial document, a huge mass of confusing pseudo-theological condescending gibberish (available here, in Spanish), is since yesterday in the hands of the poor Pontiff. One feels sorry for the Holy Father for the sacrifice of having to read even parts of this...

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Here are the exact words of the Holy Father, maliciously quoted (since the words were taken out of their exact context) by the Bishops at Aparecida:



In the ecclesial communities of Latin America there is a notable degree of maturity in faith among the many active lay men and women devoted to the Lord, and there are also many generous catechists, many young people, new ecclesial movements and recently established Institutes of consecrated life. Many Catholic educational, charitable or housing initiatives have proved essential. Yet it is true that one can detect a certain weakening of Christian life in society overall and of participation in the life of the Catholic Church, due to secularism, hedonism, indifferentism and proselytism by numerous sects, animist religions and new pseudo-religious phenomena.
In the picture, a fine example of the success of Conciliar Renewal in Latin America.

19 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

Cool blog, i just randomly surfed in, but it sure was worth my time, will be back

Deep Regards from the other side of the Moon

Biby Cletus

Long-Skirts said...

Aparecida Notes:...

"...the discrimination of women and her frequent absence from pastoral organizations."

CRONES
DISEASE

I’m a
Person
Wanting choice.

I’m a
Woman
Future’s voice.

I am single
Divorced
Proud hen.

I am
Singular
Mother of ten.

I am
Tolerant
Anything goes.

I’m informed
Discerns
The rose.

I’m a
Goddess
Seasons’ crone.

I’m His
Slave
No devil’s drone.

I’m revered
Priestess
High.

I’ll be
Prayed for
When I die.

Well,
You’re a person
That’s your choice.

No,
I am last
But first to rejoice!

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

What's the matter, you dissentious rogues,that, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion,make yourselves scabs?

He that will give good words to thee will flatter beneath abhorring. What would you have, you curs,that like nor peace nor war? the one affrights you,the other makes you proud. He that trusts to you,Where he should find you lions, finds you hares;
Where foxes, geese: you are no surer, no,than is the coal of fire upon the ice,Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is to make him worthy whose offence subdues him
and curse that justice did it.
Who deserves greatness deserves your hate; and your affections are a sick man's appetite, who desires most that which would increase his evil. He that depends Upon your favours swims with fins of lead and hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye! Trust Ye? With every minute you do change a mind,
And call him noble that was now your hate, him vile that was your garland.

Penned by Bill, good for any occasion.

Hebdomadary said...

Well, reecently some realistic comments on political reality in the church recently earned their author a blocked internet address from Fr. Zuhlsdorf over at WDTPRS. Allow me to echo them. These Protestantized bishops and their dissident priests aren't going to roll over for the Motu Proprio, the holy Father's peril. The author seemed to think that it may eventually come to a question of martyrdom, and that earned him the repost of "Wierd." from Fr. Z. He replied, "Naive." But that was one word too much for the good Father and the post was soon deleted. Not a word too many for the Latin American Bishops, though.

Relative to my own comments, better, I think, that people such as these bishops should know that the world is watching both the Holy Father and them. It won't put any ideas into their trecherous heads that aren't there already. Just think back a few years to a sunny afternoon in St. Peter's square...a turk...a foreign secret service...and the Russians. "Wierd?" You bet; but naive no longer.

The esteemed Fr. Z might do well to watch an episode or two of "I Claudius" for a lesson in politics 101, as would anyone who would take nefarious human activity for granted. God save the Holy Father; God save His Church from men such as these bishops; God save the Holy Catholic Faith.

New Catholic said...

Dear readers, those [deleted] comments are not immoral or wrong, but they are not pertinent.

Thank you for your patience!

Omaha Greg said...

Now we can see why in February of '06 Rorate Caeli reported that Benedict appointed two "ultra-conservative" archbishops in Argentina who were reportedly not on the terna.
Yet again, a reminder of the need to pray for our Holy Father to continue the work of weeding in the vineyard of the Lord.

Pascendi said...

"They recognize that the three chief difficulties which stand in their way are the scholastic method of philosophy, the authority and tradition of the Fathers, and the magisterium of the Church, and on these they wage unrelenting war".

St. Pius X, Pascendi, 42

alsaticus said...

to omaha greg who is not very much aware of the disastrous appointments made during 2 years, with some exceptions, by the Holy Father :
"Yet again, a reminder of the need to pray for our Holy Father to continue the work of weeding in the vineyard of the Lord."

You should have said : a prayer to beseech the Holy Father to START without more DELAY the work of weeding in the vineyard of the Lord ... and STOP appointing new Aparecida CELAM type of nasty liberal mish-mash bishops.

Cardinal Hummes the papal choice for Clergy AND at CELAM is certainly the n°1 reason why the Vth CELAM is such an APPALLING MESS, a regression to the worst stupidities of the 1960's.
Thanks to Benedict XVI, the whole 25 years of painful progress made under John-Paul II are erased by a stroke of the "Aparecida" pen.
Yes pray for the Holy Father that he wakes up before it is really too late.
The clock is running, the "motu proprio" is now a joke in every liberal priestly councils, rebellion is growing fastly and doctrinal corruption at its peak.
Indeed we can pray for the Holy Father to remember Joseph Ratzinger.

Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Those in positions of power have no one to blame but themselves. We've had these wonderful spiritual descendants of Judas Iscariot placed to the Episcopacy for decades now.

Someone please remind me why so many call Pope John Paul "John Paul the Great"?

"John Paul the Inadequate" is better served.

Anonymous said...

Is it worth reading this garbage?

What does the "moralisms which weaken the centrality of Jesus Christ" mean?

When Jesus Christ is the example of perfect morality in the history of the universe.

humboldt said...

"Those in positions of power have no one to blame but themselves. We've had these wonderful spiritual descendants of Judas Iscariot placed to the Episcopacy for decades now."

I would pay to anyone who can produce a document of the magisterium or public declaration in which the Conciliar Church, has a drop of humility and recognize that the debacle of the Catholic Church since the II Vatican Council is the full responsability of the clergy.

¡They always blame the world, the world is wrong and the Church is pure and perfect!

¡The wolves are in power!

Anonymous said...

I'm really quite shocked.

"intents to return to a [pre-conciliar] Ecclesiology"

i.e. what? Catholic Ecclesiology was not reversed overnight at the Council.

"... a certain clericalism"

Such as when a priest takes it upon himself to celebrate mass with plastic cups and multi-coloured drinking straws and to rewrite the texts of the mass/construct a brand new faith ?

"regret intents to return to pre-Conciliar spirituality"

Not even "certain forms of" but apparently ALL pre-conciliar spirituality. 1900 years swept away wholesale in favour of passing modern fads and novelties.

Where are the Conciliar texts that advocate a clean break from previous spirituality? They don't exist.

"moralisms which weaken the centrality of Jesus Christ"

This is valid to an extent - Christ should obviously be central; Christianity is not primarily a moral system.
But I suspect that what is implied here is that the proclamation of Christ should be stripped down so that the call-to-repentance element of it is diluted. This is clearly not acceptable.

"reductionist readings and applications of the conciliar renewal"

What about maximalist ones? This very paragraph contains maximalist readings of the conciliar renewal (such as what I've referred to above: the idea that the Council called for the abandonment of pre-conciliar spirituality, ecclesiology, etc).

-AJ.

prof. basto said...

THIS DOCUMENT CANNOT BE APPROVED BY THE HOLY FATHER! NOT WITH THOSE LINES IN IT!

THIS IS A DIRECT ATTACK AGAINST THE HEMENEUTIC OF CONTINUITY (“reduccionist readings and applications of the conciliar renewal”), AGAINST THE REFORM OF THE REFORM, AGAINST TRIDENTINE COMMUINITIES, AGAINST EVERITHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH TRADITION (“pre Vatican II spirituality”). As if a Council could change the spirituality of the Church!

IT IS AN ENDORSEMENT OF THE BLURRING OF THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE MINISTERIAL PRIESTHOOD AND THE FAITHFUL (“certain clericalism”; “pre-Vatican II ecclesiology”)! There is only one ecclesiology, the ecclesiology of the Church of all times, of Her unchanging essential constitution!

IT IS REVOLTING TO SEE THE LATIN AMERICAN BISHOPS SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AND THEY PROBABLY WANTED TO SAY MUCH MORE.

THIS IS ALREADY THE LANGUAGE OF OPEN REBELLION AGAINST THE “HERMENEUTIC OF CONTINUITY” THAT, ACCORDING TO THE HOLY FATHER, THE VISIBLE HEAD OF THE CHURCH AND VICAR OF JESUS CHRIST, IS THE ONLY INTERPRETATIVE OPTION TO RIGHTLY READ THE ACTS OF THE COUNCIL. AGAIN, THIS IS OPEN REBELLION.

THE LANGUAGE OF THIS DOCUMENT IS VERY CLEAR, AND IN BETWEEN THE LINES ONE CAN SEE THAT THE BISHOPS ARE VERY DISPLEASED WITH THE MORE CONSERVATIVE TREND NOW IN VOGUE WITH THE HOLY SEE AND WITH THE YOUNGER GENERATION, ONE CAN SEE THAT WHAT THE BISHOPS PREFER ARE THE ABUSES, THE SCREAMING, PROTESTANT-LIKE LITURGIES (post Vatican II spirituality), THE TOTAL SUBVERSION OF THE ESSENTIAL CONSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH (what they would call, a contrario sensu, post Vatican II ecclesiology, non-clericalism…, etc).

Its disgusting, disappointing, disturbing. Its a rebellion against the message of the Church. Its the smoke of Satan in charge of the Church in Latin America.

St. Michael, defend us against our Bishops! Mary Most Holy, pray for us to God!

O Doctor optime, St. Anthony of Lisbon, Evangelical Doctor, pray for us to God!

Long-Skirts said...

prof. Basto said:

"...ONE CAN SEE THAT THE BISHOPS ARE VERY DISPLEASED WITH THE MORE CONSERVATIVE TREND NOW IN VOGUE WITH THE HOLY SEE AND WITH THE YOUNGER GENERATION"

TRADITION

Tradition drives in cars
Through country and through city,
While Bishops shift in sand
And sink with souls, a pity.

Tradition flies in planes
From ocean coast to coast
Under Mary's mantle blue,
Our solitary boast.

Tradition travels far,
Twas all in Our Lord's plan
To preserve the Holy Faith
For woman and for man.

Tradition lives and moves,
The pews, the families fill,
While Bishops sink in sand...
Tradition takes the Hill!!

humboldt said...

"...ONE CAN SEE THAT THE BISHOPS ARE VERY DISPLEASED WITH THE MORE CONSERVATIVE TREND NOW IN VOGUE WITH THE HOLY SEE AND WITH THE YOUNGER GENERATION"

The allegation that CELAM bishops had unanimously approved the so called liberalization of the tridentine rite, according to the Aparecida document, is unfounded.

Jordan Potter said...

"Someone please remind me why so many call Pope John Paul 'John Paul the Great'?"

Chiefly, it's because of his role in beginning the long, arduous task of repairing the Church after the calamities that befell her in the 1960s and 1970s, and because of his role in helping to bring about the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

That's not to say that there aren't a lot of things about his pontificate that can be criticised or that aren't disappointing. But those were some pretty significant things all the same. Whether that merits the appellation "the Great" is for historians of future decades and centuries to determine.

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

No, it is for us to decide, as a totality, and I am unanimous in that ;-).

As one of the Royal Priesthood of the Baptized, we signal our Royal disapproval thus:

Not Content.

alsaticus said...

I agree this time with jordan potter.

John-Paul II made HUGE efforts to improve the total mess in Latin America Church after the second CELAM (Medellin 1968).
During the pontificate of John-Paul II, much more orthodox bishops had been called to guide the CELAM assemblies.
Look at who has been this time appointed.

The appalling document was much likely with those in charge of writing it. You cannot change a mitred wolf in a gentle traditional shepherd with a few good words in 2 or 3 addresses.

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

What I find a little ironic in all this, is that there are no Catholic monarchs to lop off a few episcopal heads (metaphorically), thanks to Gregory IX desacralizing the monarchs of europe. 8-9 centuries later...we Catholics are now absolutely bereft of any temporal power whatsoever.

Invite them to the Vatican and make them disappear.

A good war is better than a bad peace.

Then again, this is one of MANY reasons why I am NOT Pope.