115 – The Council Fathers strongly perceived a need to talk about God to men and women of their time in a more accessible way. The time had come to proclaim the Gospel in a new way

To say that someone is ‘as changeable as a weathervane’ is a way to describe a person who constantly modifies his opinion or attitude according to the trend of the moment, just like a weathervane at the whims of the wind.

A compass is the extreme opposite: faithful to itself, it always points north, indicating the course with a sureness that is characteristic of things that are governed by permanent and immutable laws. Consequently, the compass is able to be used to guide sailors in tranquil or turbulent seas, in the storm as well as in calm weather.

If we were to compare the Church with one of these instruments, which would we choose? The answer is not as simple as it seems at first sight. Pope Benedict XVI had warned against a ‘hermeneutic of discontinuity’, which we could even call the ‘hermeneutic of the weathervane’…

So, during the Jubilee of Mercy, we might just ask: What is the meaning of mercy within the enduring teachings of the Church? Is it what Francis promulgates? Furthermore: what is the Church for Francis, a compass or weathervane?

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Be careful with the hermeneutic of discontinuity: not every novelty is from the Holy Spirit
II – The Gospel is not a product of passing trends, the Church has the mission of transmitting it in its integrity and purity
III – The sacred walls of the Church: a privilege for some that must be destroyed or a protection for virtue to be loved?
IV – By the promise of Jesus Christ and the assistance of the Holy Spirit the Church is holy. She has always been a citadel of mercy for repentant sinners, but also an invincible fortress against any compromise with sin


I – Be careful with the hermeneutic of discontinuity: not every novelty is from the Holy Spirit


Benedict XVI

The hermeneutic of discontinuity: a split between the pre-conciliar and the post-conciliar Church. This is to fundamentally misunderstand what a Council is
We must see the Council in this perspective of continuity

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The teaching of the Vatican Council II should be received and applied in continuity with Tradition the Church
The Second Vatican Council did not change the previously held doctrine on the Church

Benedict XVI

The Church, both before and after the Council, was and is the same Church

II – The Gospel is not a product of passing trends, the Church has the mission of transmitting it in its integrity and purity


Sacred Scripture

There is only one way of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Paul VI

The Gospel entrusted to us is the word of truth – it should never be betrayed or hidden out of a desire to please men

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The truth of the divine intellect – criteria for all else that is true - is altogether immutable

John Paul II

Truth is revealed, not born simply of human experience - in order to face the present challenges the Church must announce Truth, which is God Himself, in all integrity and purity

Synod of Bishops

The transmission of the faith must be firmly anchored in her living Tradition

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

The Apostles did not evangelize in accordance with their opinion but according to revealed truth

Benedict XVI

Proclaim the Gospel without fear or reticence, never yielding to the conditioning of the world

Leo XIII

The false idea that the Church should shape her teachings in accordance with the spirit of the age

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Church is bound by a radical faithfulness to the Word of God; not by the principles of the social order of any historical period

III – The sacred walls of the Church: a privilege for some that must be destroyed or a protection for virtue to be loved?


Sacred Scripture

Celestial Jerusalem, prototype of the Church, has a massive wall: nothing unclean will enter it, only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life
Outside of the Holy city are the unchaste and all who practice deceit

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Of the house of God: He is Himself the wall; blessed are those who dwell therein
Without walls the flock will be exposed to many dangers

Pius IX

It is the mission of the Bishop to defend the flock from the snares of the enemy
We live in a corrupt and pestilent atmosphere and must preserve ourselves to not be contaminated by false doctrines

John Paul II

By the prophetic action of the Holy Spirit, the Church must protect the people from the influence of false prophets

Saint John Chrysostom

The prelates who bring wicked men into the churches collaborate with the devil

Origen

The enemies of truth wish to destroy the walls of the Gospel

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Anyone who clashes against this impregnable wall of the Church’s power will be wiped out

IV – By the promise of Jesus Christ and the assistance of the Holy Spirit the Church is holy. She has always been a citadel of mercy for repentant sinners, but also an invincible fortress against any compromise with sin


Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Church is sanctified and sanctifying

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church is brought to perfection by the gift of the Holy Spirit

Gregory XVI

It is injurious to consider the Church as subject to defect, ignorance or other misfortune

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Church cannot err – such that she might require changing course

Benedict XVI

The Church of love is also the Church of truth and fidelity to the Gospel

John Paul II

The Gospel of meekness and humility is the same Gospel of exigent morality and even of severe threats
‘Meekness and humility of heart’ does not mean weakness in face of evil; Jesus came bringing the sword

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

It is to repentance that the Lord came to call sinners. Who would advise blind men, just about to fall over a precipice, to continue as if it were on the right path?

Pius X

Whilst Jesus was kind to sinners he did not respect their false ideas – mercy does not mean an accord with sin

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Charity to one’s neighbor is shown in correction

Pius XII

The Church is the rock of truth when even at the cost of torments or martyrdom, it has to say: ‘Non licet; it is not allowed!’

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2 thoughts on “115 – The Council Fathers strongly perceived a need to talk about God to men and women of their time in a more accessible way. The time had come to proclaim the Gospel in a new way

  1. It makes me wonder what the False Prophet or the Antichrist would be like. To put the church upside down on his head, or to under the pretext of being faithful to Church teaching water it down. Sneak in error after error and mingle it with truth, being a great humanitarian and proclaiming mercy for all, thus deceiving even the elect?

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