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The pontificate might be stuck in the mud | National Catholic Reporter
Is this pontificate stuck in the mud as the above NCR article suggests…
OR is it our unrealistic expectations of this pontificate that are stuck in the mud?
Almost one millennium ago, Roman Catholicism rejected synodality in favor of monarchical papacy and centralized government in opposition to Eastern Church synodality…resulting in the East-West Great Schism of 1054.
Vatican II re-introduced synodality to the Roman Church/Rite through the influence of Patriarch Maximos of the Melkite Eastern Church/Rite in union with Rome.
Yet, because of an official note Pope Paul VI attached to Vatican II document Lumen Gentium, papal monarchy was once again preserved in its former glory dating as far back as 5th century Christianity.
In response to the official papal note attached to Lumen Gentium, AMERICA Magazine article on Synodality said, “While the advance of collegiality among bishops is regarded as one of the great ambitions of the Second Vatican Council, it was an idea still born.” 7/1/2013
WHY? Because papal monarchy and centralized government are embedded in Roman Church/Rite theology and tradition.
As long as God is held in faith as the Divine Monarch, so long will Roman Catholicism model its divinely appointed government on monarchy over synodality.
Likewise, so long will the most significant breakthroughs of Vatican II be still born.
When are we Vatican II Catholics going to stop expecting Roman Rite Catholicism to surrender its theological understanding of itself?
Synodality and collegiality are NOT compatible with Roman Rite theology, governance or liturgy.
WHAT CHOICES ARE LEFT FOR VATICAN II CATHOLICS?
Must Vatican II Catholicism remain still born for another millennium or longer?
Do we just wait and watch from heaven? God will take care of everything for us?
Could we at least look at the possibility of a Vatican II Catholic Rite in union with Rome? Might that be something the Holy Spirit is calling forth during this papacy?
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3 thoughts on “IS This Pontificate Stuck in the Mud?”
I do think that we should at least look at the possibility of a Catholic Rite.
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