“The Church in the Trump Era: Catholicism or Americanism?”…or Something Else?

<<Thank you, Massimo Faggioli, for this article…the truth of it which must have been as painful for you to write as it is for us to read.

When you write, “There is the problem of political and cultural polarization within [the American] Church…you note “[this problem goes beyond the bishops and includes some American theologians, Catholic colleges and universities, and organized lay associations such as the Knights of Columbus.”

When you write this about the American Catholic Church, you come close to identifying by name the most influential arm of neo-conservatism embedded both financially and theologically in the WORLDWIDE Catholic Church from local parishes up through the Vatican. This prelature of the Roman Catholic Church claims to eschew political involvement, preaching/practicisng its revisionist pre-Vatican II theology. As you well know, they have been operating an aggressive recruiting campaign for young professionals, prospective seminarians and other college students since long before the America Magazine 1995 article about them http://www.americamagazine.org…

Couldn’t this bastion of revisionist neo-conservatism have something to do with American and other bishops’ relationships with Pope Francis? …with the relationship of American and other revisionist Catholics to the Roman Catholic Church and its present non-revisionist pope? …with the relationship of American Catholics toward their governments? Of course, you remember that this prelature is doing its faithful work in many other countries beside the USA.

It seems to me you are right about this: “a rather urgent and dramatic question for Catholics in this great country…deep at the heart of the future of the Church in the United States is the fundamental choice between being a Roman Catholic Church in America or being an Americanist Catholic Church.”

There should be a third choice here, no? Since Roman Catholicism, beginning with the U.S., is increasingly coming to be defined by this revisionist neo-conservative prelature of the Roman Catholic Church, shouldn’t U.S. and Catholics worldwide have the choice to be part of a non-revisionist Catholic Vatican II Rite or prelature in union with Rome?  Google Rite Beyond Rome.>>

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A “new style of ministry, but no new doctrine”?

“It is clear that a new ecclesial style is being called for, and this new style requires an understanding of the variety of situations that must be dealt with,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Source: Vatican official: Amoris Laetitia calls for new style of ministry, but no new doctrine : News Headlines | Catholic Culture

Our response:
IS IT all about “a new ecclesial style”? 
Be kind to Catholics and they will come flooding back into the Church?
Sounds like news commentators on the U.S. election…
where  “poise and style” are more important than truth and facts.

For Catholics, DOCTRINE is truth and facts (or at least it is supposed to be)
…so we better get doctrine right with Vatican II…
right with the Vatican II orientation to God, self and other…
if Vatican II is to make any substantial contribution to the modern world.

Roman Rite Catholicism brings immutability and permanence to the Church
in the belief that these are gifts of God .
“New style ministry” will serve Roman Rite Catholicism very well,
smoothing over hurts inflicted on individuals in the past,
comforting those who long for stability in a world of change.

Vatican II Catholicism, however, honors aggiornamento (“the act of bringing something up to date to meet current needs”) as gift of the Holy Spirit.
This aggiornamento for Vatican II Catholics means more than
updating ministry style or incorporating the internet as a means of evangelization.

“New style ministry”  is not enough aggiornamento for Vatican II Catholics! 
Scientific facts about the universe, human sexuality, climate change, etc…
for many Catholics, perceptions on these have all changed significantly
since the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council of 1962-1965.
In order to actualize a more profound aggiornamento, the Catholic Church needs
a Vatican II Catholic Rite/Church in union with Rome.

Vatican II Rite aggiornamento means transvaluing the very core
of Catholic belief and practice
in much the same way that
Judaism had to transvalue itself after the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E.
Permanent Temple Destruction for Judaism required far more than
simple revision of Temple/high priest-oriented theology and practice.

Destruction of the Jewish Temple required a total re-build of its core theology and practicearound home, synagogue, and Sabbath
as the new “presence of God” experience.
It required what Jacob Neuser, author of numerous works on the history of Judaism,
called TRANSVALUTION:“Everything had to be re-classified according to new information”…from values and interpretation of history to practice to
“unprecedented rereading of established symbols in fresh and striking ways…”

When Matthew Fox responds to Bishop Spong’s
“12 Principles and the Future of Religion,”
he is writing about doctrinal transvaluation in terms of a Vatican II+ orientation.

Roman Rite Catholicism has no desire or need for doctrinal transvaluation.
Vatican II Rite Catholicism needs it desperately!
Agree?  or Disagree?

Sisters Lea and Consilia

On “When bishops give up on episcopal conferences” – Massimo Faggioli

“One aspect typical of Catholicism today is the division among bishops. The first division follows geo-cultural fault lines…
…The bishops of the region of Buenos Aires in Argentina (endorsing Amoris Laetitia) talking about the possibility for divorced and remarried Catholics who cannot live “in chastity”to receive communion after a process of discernment with their pastor.
…In North America the bishops…deny the idea that the Synod and Amoris Laetitia brought any kind of change…

what is happening in the reception of Amoris Laetitia among bishops shows… the difference between the pastoral reception and what I am calling the worldview or Weltanschauung reception.”

Source: When bishops give up on episcopal conferences – Global Pulse Magazine

Response to above article: “Weltanschauung bishops” of the Romanist persuasion have successfully silenced Vatican II pastoral bishops over the past 30+ years in the USA, Canada and other countries. The few Vatican II bishops who remain are not likely to speak against brother bishops steeped in “Weltanschauung” theology.

This is no “truly strange reversal of fortune,” as Massimo calls it, for there are two distinctly different voices speaking in God’s name for Catholicism: the Roman literal voice and the theopoetic-leaning voice of Vatican II. Theology, governance, pastoral concerns and liturgy fall to each different side according to the literal/poetic cultural divide.

There are people on both sides of this Catholic cultural divide, each trying to change and/or disparage the other’s position, with the Vatican II side having become disillusioned by the dominant “Weltanschauung” Catholicism.

Isn’t it time to declare the existence of a Vatican II Catholic Rite/Church in union with the Roman Rite/Church and the 22 Eastern Catholic Rite/Churches which are also in union with Rome?

Sisters Lea and Consilia




Catholic Culture’s “Split Mind”

Some believe we have gone far beyond the need for “aggorniamento,” i.e. updating” of church structures, language and reconnecting to the culture in the vernacular.

Perhaps we have just begun the aggorniamento process which needs to acknowledge that we have arrived at a split mind within the Western/Latin Branch of Catholicism…a place where Roman and Vatican II Catholics see things so very differently, that we speak two very different cultural languages as Catholics, akin to the 1054 East-West mystical/scholastic split mind in Catholicism, including the Eastern Churches which remained in union with Rome.

This “split mind” in our Church drove the direction of Vatican II and, according to the article below and other sources, this “minority mind” had such a great influence on the Church that we are still wrestling with its contributions today.

It was, after all, Patriarch Maximos and his small Melkite band in a sea of Latin Rite hierarchs, who managed to introduce such items as:

  • the use of the vernacular,
  • eucharistic concelebration,
  • communion under both species in the Latin liturgy,
  • restoration of the diaconate as a permanent order,
  • creation of what would become the periodically held Synod of Bishops
  • creation of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity,
    • championing new attitudes to and less offensive vocabulary in ecumenical relationships with Eastern Orthodox and other Christians,
      • recognition of Eastern Catholic communities for what they are, “Churches,” not “rites.”

From “Eastern Christians in Australia” by Lawrence Cross in Australian eJournal of Theology 19.2(August 2012)

So, we ask, “Should so many be so hesitant of even addressing the option of a Vatican II Rite standing next to its 22 Eastern siblings in union with “elder sibling” Rome?

Sisters Lea and Consilia


On “Relearning critical obedience and faithful dissent” by Massimo Faggioli

Massimo, you say, “…there is actually a deep theological and cultural rift around

ecclesiology and in particular about the role of Vatican II in the practical ecclesiology of Catholicism today.”

Could there be at least two different valid interpretations of our Catholic faith, not just “continuity and rupture” or “obedience and dissent”?

As you well know, there is a split between the literal and “poetic” interpretations of Catholicism, well-documented by Catholic philosopher/theologian John D. Caputo in his books, RELIGION WITHOUT RELIGION, THE WEAKNESS OF GOD, and THE INSISTENCE OF GOD.

Vatican II pointed us in the poetic direction while retaining the literal hermeneutic. Might we have need for both literal and poetic interpretations of theology, governance and liturgy in the Church today? https://ritebeyondrome.com/201…

As for the Church, she has the tradition to address this problem in her agreement to allow differing interpretations of theology, governance and liturgy within the 22 other rites beyond her Roman walls. Apparently the Catholic Church, including the Roman patriarchy of earlier time, was not so hell-bent on its hegemony over Catholicism as it is today, you think?

To read original article with comment: Relearning critical obedience and faithful dissent – Global Pulse Magazine

Literal & Poetic Interpretations of Catholicism, the real split?

For too long, we have not tackled the task of transvaluing* the very important doctrines which have provided structure and meaning to our faith…for so long.
Could our Catholic doctrines have been so guarded and locked down that they gradually diminished in ability to develop their fullness of spirit in each modern age,
culminating in the rejection of Catholicism so evident today?

As more than one theologian has said, we DO need “right” theology.
We also need to transvalue,* not dilute it, according to each new epoch.
The problem, of course, lies in what is the “right theology” and
what is vehicle for the faith which has carried us into the 21st century.
There are and always will be great differences of opinion on this question.

However, too many people today cannot “buy” the essence of Christianity
according to the literal “died for our sins” version
that many still hold so very sacred.
This rejection of theological understanding in the Catholic Church today
is likewise going on in other Christian denominations.

There is a split  between the literal and “poetic” versions of Catholicism
and it is well documented by philosopher/theologian John D.  Caputo in his books,

Could there be at least two different valid interpretations of our Catholic faith
…not just “continuity and rupture”?
Vatican II pointed us in the poetic direction while retaining the literal hermeneutic.
Might we have need for both literal and poetic interpretations
of theology, governance and liturgy in the Church today?
…even if that means “allowing” (if not “fostering”) the development of a new rite
in our Church which has managed to “allow” 22 other rites in union with the Roman Rite of the Jerusalem Church of Saints Peter and Paul and the earliest Christians?

Sisters Lea and Consilia welcome your feedback…even a “like” if you are so inclined.


*transvalue here meaning:  “To represent or evaluate something according to a new principle, causing it to be revalued” differently…with the “new principle” being the work of the Holy Spirit in Vatican II and the world.

See Position Paper:  Resolving Polarization of Vatican II and Roman Catholic Visions

No Vatican II Rite!  What Loss to World and Church

Vatican II…Going the Way of Climate Change?

For those who are “pessimistic about the short term of the Church, yet remaining totally optimistic about the long term,” those depending on the Holy Spirit to make all things right,”  Debb from Australia writes on Catholica.com:

“As I read your words I think “climate change, climate change, climate change”.
For this human species and for all life on earth the long term might be fifty years at most, if we don’t suddenly and dramatically change our ways. What are we to make of that in the light of discussing the “future” of Christianity or of the church?”

We totally agree with you, Debb!   So many of us in the Church pacify ourselves with the idea that change happens in centuries in the Church.   Trouble is, we don’t live any longer in an age where change happens at a century-by-century pace.

Yet most of us are old and too tired to take that final step necessary to rescue Vatican II from the Roman vault where it has been locked away gasping for air.  WE FEAR SCHISM…thinking there could be no other alternative.

Young theologians and others who work to revive Vatican II within the Roman Church do it very carefully so as not to disturb the organization that can make or break their career.  Many of them also espouse the belief that the Church is working at the Holy Spirit’s pace.

COULD WE BE FAILING TO REALIZE??…THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT MIGHT BE DEPENDING ON OUR COURAGE to rescue Vatican II from the over-confidence of  the Roman Rite’s claim on the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council and its implementation.

Rome is perfectly free to lock Vatican II away and/or suppress its implementation within the Roman Rite of Catholicism, but not within the realm of universal Catholicism.

As we are perfectly free to go on ignoring the threat of CLIMATE CHANGE…TO OUR PERIL AND TO THE PERIL OF OUR CHILDREN AND AND OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S CHILDREN, so, too, we are likewise perfectly free to sit back and allow Vatican II to fade into the background of our Catholic Church, citing age, helplessness, or pessimism as reasons for not heeding the threat of the very extinction of Catholicism. Some believe this extinction would be a good thing in the same way that pessimists today believe the earth isn’t worth saving. After all, there is heaven and there are other planets. We don’t happen to go along with this line of thinking.

There are alternatives to schism when we envision the future of the Church…alternatives NOT based on changing the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church (not enough time left for that). There is also an alternative NOT based on forming another Catholic Church separated from Rome.

In fact, the alternative already exists among us by virtue of all the local Vatican II communities, both throughout the world and online. Together we comprise a Vatican II Branch of the Catholic Church, whether the Roman Rite recognizes us or not. This Catholic Branch/Rite exists whether or not we recognize our connections or not. History will declare what has already taken place through the work of the Holy Spirit among us! (Remember, the followers of Jesus never could have known they were founding a Catholic Church, much less the 22 other official Catholic Rites in union with Rome.)

Meanwhile, we may dismiss even the idea of a Vatican II Branch/Rite of Catholicism because we dread the work of creating a new organizational structure. However, a Vatican II branch of Catholicism in union with Rome might be bi-rite (belonging to both Roman and Vatican II Rites) much as Early Christians were both Jewish and Christian.

We’d love to hear your ideas on all this!

For Position Paper: “Resolving Polarization of Vatican II and Roman Catholic Visions”

Warm regards to all,
Sisters Lea and Consilia

READ MORE:  Vatican II Going the Way of Climate Change? – Catholica Forum

“Huge gap separates Pope Francis from liturgical traditionalists” by Massimo Faggioli

Our comment on Massimo Faggioli’s article on Global Pulse Magazine  (GPM article link below):

“We appreciate Massimo Faggioli’s hope that Vatican II Church is going to make a come-back. However, in the few short years Pope Francis has, do you really believe he can reverse the massive “particular sympathy and irenic attitude” towards traditionalism” imbibed by the Catholic population and taught in many universities, seminaries, parishes and publications worldwide for the past 30+ years?

Furthermore, with the dying off of so many Vatican II Catholic clergy, theologians and laity, should we really sit back and depend on Pope Francis to revive the Vatican II Church…against the strong and pervasive traditionalist push for a “smaller, purer Church”?

Fact is, the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church has set itself up as a formidable opponent to Vatican II and its prophetic interpretations of theology, governance, liturgy and Catholic identity.  So why not let elder brother Rome stand guard over Council of Trent hermeneutics as the representative of institutional Catholicism?

Meanwhile, Pope Francis is in a position to liberate Vatican II from the hands of those who shall never see Vatican II  as anything more than a confirmation of the Council of Trent.

Pope Francis can protect the universal Church from schism by blessing the Trentonian and Vatican II traditions as “equally valid yet different” branches of Catholic thought and practice.

This move would be somewhat akin to the “separate yet one-with” brotherhood of Roman and the Eastern Church Catholicism which has a less scholastic/more mystical interpretations of Catholic theology, governance and liturgy than its Roman “elder brother”.

Otherwise, Francis dies and the Church moves comfortably back into its Curial mode of Trent Council Catholicism, as if Vatican II never really happened, no?”

Massimo Faggioli’s article: “Huge gap separates Pope Francis from liturgical tradionalists” – Global Pulse Magazine
http://www.globalpulsemagazine.com/news/huge-gap-separates-pope-francis-from-liturgical-tradionalists/3568     (article published 7.18.2016)

Dare We Catholics Believe Differently?

Have we even begun to understand what degree of change the Holy
Spirit was/is calling forth from within the event of the Second Vatican Council?

Some Catholics see the past few decades…from a different viewpoint…
…as an erosion of faith in the doctrines we have…

But others look at Vatican II as a gift of the Holy Spirit,
as God calling forth a whole new perspective on doctrine…
in which case, there is the need for a very deep deconstruction of
“how we believed before and often still do now.”

A deconstruction of Catholic belief
down to the very bedrock of our faith…

leaving behind
cherished understandings of doctrine…
in order to get to the root of doctrine
and its applications for our time.

NOT to change or break down Roman Rite theology …
which keeps the institution focused on certainty and security in the everyday world,
BUT to be a “next-door” theology in union with Rome…
……..from the point of a world constantly adapting to change…
…that each theology may call forth and challenge the other 
in our uncommon faith
in Jesus the Christ and our proclamation of the Good News to the world.

Uncommon Faith speaking from two different perspectives:

+Roman Rite Catholicism from the perspective of the “strong force” of a
…hierarchical, unchanging, all-knowing, all powerful God who is everywhere,
a God who designed the universe according to the order of His Will.

+ Vatican II Rite Catholicism from the perspective of the “weak” strength of a
…God that calls and promises but doesn’t command, awaits response but doesn’t demand.
The Name of which God carries an event that stretches us
beyond what we know to where we are certain we must go,
to an order other than hierarchy (the internal order of chaos theory perhaps),
…a divine “stepping back” which reveals how much we tend to rely on force as power,
…a divine will that models and solicits forgiveness, hospitality and love of the other
as the determining factors of who discovers or “gets into” the kingdom of God

More on Vatican II Theology to come on Rite Beyond Rome.
Meanwhile, read John D. Caputo’s books:
On Religion and The Weakness of God, A Theology of the Event with us.
Interested in conversation…comment below and/or email 4Vatican2Rite@gmail.com

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Position Paper:  Resolving Polarization of Vatican II and Roman Catholic Visions

Sisters Lea and Consilia

A Whole New Branch of Catholicism?

For some the path to a healthier church is about waiting for the orthodox positions of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church to change.

Others see no hope in this patient hopefulness…no hope that “patient hopefulness” will eventually resolve the polarization afflicting the Catholic Church in a post-Vatican II age.

Once Judaism had to face a similar case of on-going polarization within itself.  From this realization flowed the diversified branches of orthodox, conservative and reform interpretations of their faith.

What if we are in need of a three-pronged Catholicism…orthodox, conservative and reform?

  • Not such a strange idea as it seems, if you check out “Will Catholicism go the way of Judaism?” by Marquette University theologian, Daniel Maguire.*
  • Why even Pope Francis sees the need for a “multi-faceted unity” of faith in Cardinal Kasper’s article, “Vatican II: Toward a Multifaceted Unity,” (ORIGINS, July 2, 2015)**

Catholicism is not new to the idea of branching out.  Rome, Antioch and Alexandria are today three branches of the original Christian “mother” Church in Jerusalem.  Has the time come to officially recognize a Vatican II Branch of Catholicism?

We could say Holy Mother Church has already conceived a new Vatican II vision by the Holy Spirit at Vatican II.  That vision is the seed of a new branch of Catholicism born in the documents and in the people who experienced the implementation of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council and in those who were later influenced by it.


The Roman Branch of Catholicism was reared and educated in scholasticism, systematic theo-logic and an ethics of justice.

The yet-to-be-proclaimed Vatican II Branch has been nurtured in a conciliar commitment to “the construction of a new form of the church adequate to the demands of our age” as Richard R. Gaillardetz puts it.*

This new form of Church would, according to Gaillardetz, include:

  • dialogical engagement compared to hierocratic monoply on truth
  • mutual respect between clergy and laity, differing from a hierarchy of respect
  • pastoral approach to doctrinal formation  in contrast to a scholastic approach
  • unity-in-difference committed to humble learning from each other

In his book , An Unfinished Council, Chapter 4, “Toward a New Ecclesial Form,” Richard Gaillardetz does not suggest the formation of a new branch of Catholicism, but rather a rebuilding of the temple from within the ruins of the old temple by means of a “synthesized reading” of the documents of Vatican II.

We do not find this solution to be a fair assessment of Roman Catholicism and its contributions to the Church.

  • Roman Catholicism is hardly a temple in ruins. It has complete control of the Church.
    • Even though that complete control has driven many from the pews,
      Roman Rite Catholicism has a very faithful following of cardinals, bishops and people who want the the church to return to the highly-structured Roman system of theology/doctrine, governance and liturgy.
  • Not to mention, there will always be people who find support in highly-structured systems for the certainty and security of mind they provide. It may also be that we gravitate toward a more structured approach at different times in our lives.

There will also always be people who need a less-structured variation of Catholicism……those who need a more open Catholicism…

…much as Paul of Tarsus needed a more open interpretation of the Apostles’ original interpretation of Christianity as a Jewish sect entirely compatible with Judaism.

…much as early Catholicism later needed to make room for the Roman and Eastern Rite branches of the faith.

For these people and all those who see Vatican II as a singular event in the course of the history and future of the Catholic Church, we ask again,

Would a Vatican II Branch of the Church be such a terrible thing?

Would it not unify the Catholic Church and PREVENT schism?

Would it not it make the Church MORE healthy and LESS myopic?

For more information:
For further discussion:  https://ritebeyondrome.com

Links below are to sources quoted in this article:

* https://cruxnow.com/faith/2015/09/13/will-catholicism-go-the-way-of-judaism/


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Reform Roman Catholicism, a Rational Alternative?

Poor Pope Francis, his hands are tied by literal interpretations of tradition regarding women’s ordination, GLBT, Communion for the divorced and other issues.

As Patriarch of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church; he is caught between a rock and a hard place…between:

  • ancient interpretations of papal leadership rooted in monarchical male dominion with its considerable $$$ support
  • modern understandings of leadership rooted in a cultural consciousness which rejects monarchic models for that of democratic unity.

How ironic is it that democracy-oriented “Catholics for reform” maintain that Pope Francis should speak as a monarch and command the Roman Rite to change.  How strange it is that reform-minded Catholics also express great satisfaction when  Pope Francis demotes or dismisses Romanist ultra-conservatives from office, no?

Doesn’t this type of reform-minded Catholicism wind up advancing the same “get rid of the opposition” uniformity position…a position that reformist Catholics have long criticized Romanist Catholics for using against Vatican II cardinals, bishops and pastors?

Despite the Roman Catholic position for a tradition against change,
reform-minded Catholics console themselves with the belief that Roman Catholicism will change eventually, even if they do not live to see that change.

A thousand years ago, Roman Rite Catholicism could not force the Eastern Catholic Churches to accept and practice Western interpretations of catholic theology, governance, and liturgy.  And so they worked out a settlement.

The settlement worked out to keep unity between East and West.  You might call the settlement a “toleration policy”…allowing Eastern Rite/Church differences such as married priests and collegial governance… as long as they promised to recognize the Patriarch of Rome as head of the Catholic Church.

This tradition of “friendly toleration” has been applied most recently with the Anglican Catholic Rite/Church which promises union with the Pope as Patriarch of Rome.   SO, why can’t dissent on this matter of women’s ordination and other matters be resolved by our Church’s ancient “toleration” policy…Roman Rite toleration of a Vatican II Rite/Church with its different interpretations and practices of theology, governance and liturgy?  …a Vatican II Rite in union with Rome?   Why not?

Dare We Catholics Believe Differently?

Literal & Poetic Interpretations of Catholicism, the real split?

Traditionalists, a “tiny segment of the Catholic Church”…REALLY?

“Civil war in the global church?
Is there really a war in the Church between ‘loyal Catholics’ committed to upholding the unchanging traditions and teachings of the Church and ‘progressives’ who have watered down Church doctrine and practice?”  Article by Robert Mickens
La Croix International 10.21.16  

Sister Lea’s Comment on the above article censored by LA CROIX International:

Traditionalists, a “tiny segment of the Catholic faithful and hierarchy? REALLY?

“…the heads of Europe’s 33 national episcopal conferences…gathered to elect a new president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. They settled on Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Italy, a choice that can only be seen as a direct challenge to Pope Francis.”

Commonweal Magazine 10.12.16 “Bagnasco elected in challenge to Francis”by Robert Mickens https://international.la-croix.com/news/bagnasco-elected-in-challenge-to-francis/4046

With no Vatican II Rite/Branch of Catholicism in union with Rome, the strong outreach of traditionalists is succeeding in filling the vacuum left by disillusioned and disappeared Vatican II Catholics (and their children). https://RiteBeyondRome.com


Abajo está la traducción de “Huge gap separates Pope Francis from liturgical traditionalists”by Massimo Faggioli   https://wordpress.com/post/ritebeyondrome.com/2692

Nuestro comentario sobre el artículo de Massimo Faggioli, publicado en el Global Pulse Magazine (ver link del Global Pulse Magazine abajo ):

“Apreciamos la esperanza que tiene Massimo Faggioli sobre la posibilidad de que la Iglesia del Concilio Vaticano II va a regresar.

Sin embargo ¿cree usted que en los pocos años que le quedan al Papa Francisco, le sea posible revertir “la masiva simpatía e Irénica actitud” hacia el tradicionalismo, que ha sido succionado por la población católica y transmitido en numerosas universidades seminarios, parroquias y publicaciones en todo el mundo durante los últimos 30 años o más?

Además el deceso de tantos clérigos, teólogos y laicos creyentes del Vaticano II. ¿Usted cree que podemos sentarnos cómodamente y esperar que el Papa Francisco reviva el Vaticano II… enfrentándose a un movimiento fuerte, tradicionalista, generalizado y penetrante hacia una “Iglesia más pura y pequeña?

El hecho es que el Rito Romano de la Iglesia Católica, se ha establecido como un formidable oponente al Vaticano II y a sus interpretaciones proféticas de la teología, gobierno, litúrgia e identidad católica.

Por lo tanto, ¿por qué no permitir a Roma, -el hermano mayor-, que siga siendo el guardian de la hermenéutica del Concilio de Trento, así como la representante del catolicismo institucional.

Mientras tanto, el Papa Francisco queda en una difícil posición: la de liberar al Vaticano II de las manos de aquellos que siempre verán al Vaticano II solo como una confirmación del Concilio de Trento.

El Papa Francisco puede proteger de un sisma a la Iglesia universal y bendecir las tradiciones de la Iglesia de Trento y de la Iglesia del Vaticano II, ramas “igualmente válidas aunque distintas” del pensamiento católico y de su práctica.

Esta postura sería semejante a la de “separada pero siendo una en” hermandad, como es el caso de Roma y la Iglesia Católica Oriental. Esta última tiene una interpretación menos escolástica/más mística, que su hermano mayor Romano, tanto de la teología católica, como del gobierno y la Liturgia.

Por otra parte, si el Papa Francisco muere, la Iglesia se acomoda de nuevo en su modo curial, de un catolicismo del Concilio de Trento, como si el Concilio Vaticano II nunca hubiera existido, ¿o no?

Link para Global Pulse Magazine

Muchas gracias a Luisa Maria Rivera por su traducción de este artículo!

Las Interpretaciones literales y poéticas del Catolicismo, ¿son la división real?

Translation of “Literal & Poetic Interpretations of Catholicism, the real split?” https://wordpress.com/post/ritebeyondrome.com/3071

Por demasiado tiempo no le hemos entrado a la tarea de transvalorar (ver Nota abajo) las doctrinas más importantes, que -por tanto tiempo- le han provisto a nuestra Fé de Estructura y significado.
¿Será posible que nuestras doctrinas católicas han estado guardadas y encerradas de tal manera que, gradualmente han disminuido su habilidad para desarrollar la plenitud de su espíritu,
en cada etapa de la modernidad,
culminando en el rechazo tan evidente, hoy en día, del Catolicismo?

Varios Teólogos lo han expresado diciendo que necesitamos
la teología “correcta”.
También necesitamos transvalorarla (ver Nota) y no diluirla
en cada nueva época-

Por supuesto que el problema se encuentra en saber cuál es
la “teología correcta”
Y cual es el vehículo para la Fé, que nos ha conducido hasta el Siglo XXI.
Existen, y siempre existirán, grandes diferencias de opinión
sobre esta cuestión.

Sin embargo hoy en día, es demasiado grande el número de personas que no aceptan la esencia de un cristianismo basado en la versión literal de
“murió por nuestros pecados”,
que para muchos sigue siendo sagrada.
Este rechazo de una comprensión teológica en la Iglesia Católica de hoy,
está sucediendo en otras denominaciones cristianas.

Hay una separación, una hendidura entre las versiones literal y poética
del catolicismo,
como lo ha documentado a fondo el filósofo/teólogo John D. Caputo

¿Será posible que existan dos interpretaciones diferentes, ambas válidas,
de nuestra fé católica?
… ¿y no solamente “continuidad y ruptura?
El Vaticano II dirigió nuestra mirada en la dirección poética,
conservando la hermenéutica literal.
¿Será que necesitamos en la Iglesia de hoy, de las dos interpretaciones, literal y poética, tanto de la Teología, del gobierno y de la liturgia?
… aún si esto implicaría “permitir” (o acaso “fomentar”) el desarrollo de un nuevo rito en nuestra Iglesia,
la cual ha logrado “permitir” la existencia de otros 22 ritos, en unión con
el Rito Romano de la Iglesia de Jerusalem, de los Santos Pedro y Pablo
y los primeros cristianos?

Nota; Transvalorar significa lo siguiente: “Representar o evaluar algo, a partir de un nuevo principio, provocando su reevaluación de una forma diferente… … con el “nuevo principio” que es fruto del trabajo del Espíritu Santo en el Vaticano II y en el muindo,

Las Hermanas Lea y Consilia dan la bienvenida a sus comentarios e igualmente a un “me gusta”, si desean decirlo así.

Ver : Documento de Posición (Position Paper)
Resolving Polarization of Vatican II and Roman Catholic Visions

Muchas gracias a Luisa Maria Rivera por su traducción de este artículo!

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