There were two signs this week that the Holy See is at last prepared to take on the culture of dissent and disobedience that is widespread in the Church in Europe:
The Holy See has stripped Fr Helmut Schüller, the leader of the dissenting and disobedient Austrian Priests initiative, of his title as ‘Monsignor’, which accompanies the honour of being named a ‘Chaplain of his holiness’. This stripping of his title is a long overdue recognition that Fr. Schuller, through leading other priests, deacons and laity in defiant dissent and disobedience of the Church’s Magisterium is no longer worthy of the honour bestowed on him by Blessed John Paul II.
And at last a post-Conciliar prefect of the CDF has used the ‘H word’. Archbishop Gerhard Müller has criticised both traditionalists and progressives for promoting ‘heretical interpretations of Vatican II:
‘During his presentation, the head of the doctrinal dicastery, clearly stated that the only orthodox interpretation of the Second Vatican Council is that which sees it as an opportunity for reform and renewal, in continuity with the one subject-Church which the Lord has given us. Müller sees this as the only hermeneutics that respects “the indissoluble unity between the Holy Scriptures, the complete and integral Tradition and the Magisterium, which finds its highest expression in the Council, presided over by St. Peter’s Successor, as visible head of the Church.”
Archbishop Müller contrasted this “singular orthodox interpretation” with a “heretical interpretation” which he identified with “the hermeneutics of a split, both on the progressivist front and the traditionalist front.” According to Müller, what they both share in common is a rejection of the Council: “progressivists want to leave it behind them, as if it were just a phase that should be abandoned in order to move towards a different Church; traditionalists do not want to move towards such a Church, as if it represented the winter of the Catholica.”
Protect the Pope comment: There are increasing signs that the Benedictine reforms have shifted up a gear, and the hopes that many of us cherished on the election of Pope Benedict are starting to be realised. As a member of the post-Vatican II generation that has been cheated out of our heritage as Catholics by schools that abandoned teaching the faith and have been brow-beaten by heretical lecturers, catechists, and, tragically, some clergy, please Pope Benedict speed up your reforms Deacon Nick Donnelly