RORATE CÆLI: Important – The Pope explains the Council”The Virtual Council was stronger: its results are calamitous” The Council of the Fathers was replaced by the “Council of the Media”

In an article from Rorate Caeli (link below), they cover an address by Pope Benedict XVI to the Roman clergy.  The Holy Father talks about Vatican II, and of how there were really two councils.  One was the “Council of the Fathers”, which was the council of the Church, and of the Faith.  This council was a great and true renewal.

The other council was the “Council of the Media”, which was the distortion of the council, twisted and unrecognizable, that reached the people, the laity.  This council was all about politics and the distribution of power, away from the papacy and to the people.

Note especially the pope’s words on the liturgy.  They are a fascinating look into his thoughts.

These are very interesting insights from the Holy Father.  Please head over to Rorate Caeli and check out the following article.

RORATE CÆLI: Important – The Pope explains the Council”The Virtual Council was stronger: its results are calamitous” The Council of the Fathers was replaced by the “Council of the Media”.

I do want to note an observation.  I have found that, as a Catholic, I sometimes seem to live in a different world, a very different existence, than some of those around me.  Part of that is how I live.  I get my news primarily from religious newspapers, magazines, and websites (as you can see from links I provide).  I don’t have cable or satellite (or even over-the-air) television, though I do have a tv set , DVD player, and VHS player.

Some of my coworkers get their news primarily from television, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and company (or the liberal equivalents), etc.  They watch the television shows served up by ABC, NBC, and CBS, around which their culture is formed, and which I consider poisonous.

The result is that we live in different universes.  We construct our inner worlds differently, one with meaning and sacredness and sacramentalism, viewing the world as God’s creation and seeing, and seeking, meaning within it.

The other world is a world with politics and power, economics, sports and such.  A secular world.

I see the Holy Father’s comments about the Council as reflecting my experience with how people view the world.  I will try to write more on this later, when my thoughts on it mature a bit.

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3 Responses to RORATE CÆLI: Important – The Pope explains the Council”The Virtual Council was stronger: its results are calamitous” The Council of the Fathers was replaced by the “Council of the Media”

  1. quiavideruntoculi says:

    There’s an obvious and important truth in what the Holy Father is saying, but doesn’t it rather sound like passing the buck?

  2. Since it is the responsibility of the Pope and the bishops to make sure that the teachings of the Church, and of councils, are clearly understood, I would agree that there is a little ‘passing the buck’.

    I agree with the Holy Father about the rival council, or Council of the Media, yet it could be added “The Council Fathers did not do enough to make sure the true Council emerged and expressed itself.”

  3. quiavideruntoculi says:

    Indeed.

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