I am sorry for the lack of posts over the past several weeks. I was on holiday in California for part of the time, with only my phone for internet access and while in the Sierra Nevadas even my phone access never mind internet was iffy.
In other news, my younger son is now a first time father as of July 16, Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Baby Kaiya, a girl, decided to enter the world five weeks early at only 3.5 pounds! But she and Mom are doing well. This is my third grandchild and second granddaughter.
I have been on a reading jag concerning the Second Vatican Council over the summer. I am half way through Yves Congar’s My Journal of the Council; I could not put down Roberto de Mattei’s gripping Second Vatican Council: the unwritten story and I highly recommend it for its historical look at the debates at the Council. It also provides a sympathetic view of the traditionalists’ point of view, which I found valuable, but that makes me want to take a look at the other side!
I have a couple of books by Cardinal Jean Danielou on the go and have ordered some more books by others of the great Vatican II theologians.
Part of the reason I am interested in doing this stems from the Fr. Louis Bouyer article I posted, where he wrote about how Mgr. Lefebrve seemed to many like the only one who was standing up for Catholic truth in the period of confusion after the Council. What I think is happening now is people who are unsettled by what is going on around the synod are seeing only a progressive, modernist interpretation of the Second Vatican Council upheld (the hermeneutic of rupture) and are consequently finding a traditionalist model increasingly attractive. That’s because they are not hearing much, or they don’t think they are hearing much, from those who interpret the Council in the way Pope Benedict XVI did, as reform in continuity with what the Church has always taught. I think I recall seeing something de Mattei had written postulating that this hermeneutic of Benedict’s is now defunct.
I respectfully disagree. Last night I listened to this lecture by Fr. Robert Barron on Gaudium et Spes that adds some perspective on what the intent of the Council fathers was, though perhaps that intent did not play out as planned. Very interesting!
That’s it for now, but I will be posting regularly again, I promise!