Benedict XVI – reversal of Vatican II

“Today I received the following reflection from a friend of mine, a diocesan priest who is approaching his own golden jubilee.  A close friend of his, who is a priest in another country, shared his own thoughts on fifty years of service as a priest…
…I’m sure that this reflection will upset some people.  I do not apologize for that, because I believe this is an honest reflection of one man’s opinion.  I do not ask people to agree with him on everything.  But I believe it to be insightful and valuable as we reflect on the nature of ministry in general.  We, as Church, are called to collaborate in caring for the People of God, and understanding each other is a critical component of that collaboration...
‘Benedict XVI has continued the reversal of Vatican II. He is imposing a new English translation of the Sacramentary on a resisting English speaking constituency. This may very well backfire because many priests are not going to implement it.  Benedict has received back bishops from the schismatic Society of St Pius X.  He has encouraged the Tridentine Mass in Latin.  He has reintroduced kneeling for communion on the tongue at his public Masses – all deliberate key pointers to regression from the spirit of Vatican II.  To the priests who embraced Vatican II they are iconic insults.'”

Friday, April 15, 2011
Reflecting on Fifty Years of Priesthood: Interesting for All
Deacon William T. Ditewig, Ph.D.

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