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…
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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Slide Presentation: EXPLORING A VATICAN II RITE
Position Paper: Resolving Polarization of Vatican II and Roman Catholic Visions
Sisters Lea and Consilia
6 thoughts on “Dare We Catholics Believe Differently?”
God is doing magical things that we can’t even help to understand. I think a lot of times people forget just how mysterious God’s ways are to us.
In the end all works to his purposes.
Magical, it may seem that God is so…yet perhaps the magic is in the interaction between ourselves and a God which has no desire to be up over us…a God with no desire to be in charge of making all things move according to “His” purposes.
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very good wisdom there 🙂