Archbishop Viganò: A closet sedevacantist? | AKA Catholic

HomeBlog PostArchbishop Viganò: A closet sedevacantist? Archbishop Viganò: A closet sedevacantist? Louie June 24, 2021 No Comments Is it possible for an ecumenical council of the Holy Roman Catholic Church to be a revolutionary act that deliberately uses its authority to launch a threefold attack – pastoral, disciplinary and liturgical – against faith and morals? I know, the question is all but absurd, but it’s important nonetheless. So, let’s dive a little more deeply into the matter before moving on to the, dare I say, obvious answer.  First, let’s consider the nature of ecumenical councils.  In our day and age, most self-identified Catholics have little sense for the immense gravity of such councils. We’ve been lectured endlessly about the “pastoral” nature of Vatican II, leading many to believe that there is such a thing as a bona fide conciliar decree that the faithful can simply take or leave as they wish. By contrast, according to Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, speaking during a 1988 visit to Chile, Vatican II “deliberately chose to remain on a modest level, as a merely pastoral council; and yet many treat it as though it had made itself into a sort of super dogma.” As Ratzinger spoke, a 51-year-old Jesuit living in neighboring Argentina by the name of Jorge Bergoglio was roughly 25 years away from assuming the stage name “Pope Francis,” upon which he would lend fuel to the very cause that the cardinal was attempting to extinguish, saying: You can be with the Church and therefore follow the Council, or you can not follow the Council or interpret it in your own way, as you want, and you are not with the Church.    

Archbishop Viganò: A closet sedevacantist? | AKA Catholic

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