Magazine – Vatican II: Cause for Hope

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The Council: A Distant Memory…

So much has been lost. For some, the Second Vatican Council meant license to create a new modern church without sin, without so-called medieval trappings, without its hierarchical structure. Perceived chaos caused even faithful followers to feel there was no longer something to have faith in. But faith is like clutching the last straw in the raging waters and holding on. These souls held on to keep the vigil lights of faith lit, driving for miles for reverent Masses, maintaining prayer and devotions — sometimes only within the family circle — reading papal documents and passing on the vision of Catholicism in spite of the disintegrating culture around them. As James Bemis writes in this issue of the Bellarmine Forum magazine, the inauthentic implementation of Vatican II weakened the Church and here in America, the Church more conformed to secular culture than converted it. 

…Or Call to Action?

Through papal leadership, synods, encyclicals, and exhortations over many years, the true and empowering vision of the Council has begun to emerge. It is not too late to act upon this vision of hope the Vicar of Christ has always held out. The liturgy has changed, priestly formation is stressing holiness. The rest is up to us, the laity, to act. To do so we must set out armed with eternal standards, immersed in the Church’s teachings, rich history, and culture. We must, as Bemis writes, hold up a different image of mankind’s place in the universe. “We should not endeavor to be 21st century Americans looking at the Church, but rather strive to be well-catechized Catholics critically examining 21st century America,” and once again gear our Catholic evangelization toward saving souls.


The Bellarmine Forum magazine committed its four issues in this Year of Faith volume to catechizing Catholics in the true vision of the Second Vatican Council. This final volume corrects a lot of myths about the council and gives reasons in the documents why the real Vatican II is nothing to be ashamed of.

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John B. Manos, Esq. is an attorney and chemical engineer. He has a dog, Fyo, and likes photography, astronomy, and dusty old books published by Benziger Brothers. He is the President of the Bellarmine Forum.
  • Janet Baker says:

    There was no ‘inauthentic’ interpretation of that Council. The words regarding so-called ‘religious liberty’ are right there, as you well know. And that is the poison bit that lies in the throat of Mother Church, stifling our attempts to re-evangelize the world.

  • Janet,

    What about the religious liberty of Catholics–i.e., the liberty and exultation of our holy Mother the Church? Are the words of the Council on religious liberty incorrect or inapplicable to Catholics, say, living under an oppressive Roman Empire, a communist regime, or an increasingly secular and godless United States?

    I referenced to you once before Fr. Kevin Flannery, SJ’s article “Dignitatis Humanae and the Development of Doctrine” which demonstrates how the teaching of Vatican II is in harmony with Pius IX. We can at least agree that the understanding of the Church’s teaching has been obscured in the post-conciliar era, but what we must hold is unswerving loyalty to the Holy Father, the conviction that the Catholic Faith has not changed and all the Councils present the Faith in harmony with one another, and–most importantly–that Christ is the Head of the Church and will not let His bride be led astray. The unfortunate problem with the SSPX adherents and others similar to them is that their problem is especially a lack of faith–most significantly on the last point just enunciated.

    My best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Janet, and know that you and your intentions were remembered at the altar over St. Robert Bellarmine’s corpus on Christmas Day in Rome by the same Fr. Flannery. Pray for us too!


  • sandra navia says:

    I agree with Janet. I don’t know what you mean by the “real Vatican II”. Have the disastrous results by which the Bride of Christ has been led astray been from an unreal Vat. II?

    Gregory XVI in Mirari Vos condemns Vat. II and its erroneous notions of so called religious liberty and liberty of conscience 130 years in advance.
    Here is a quote condemning religious indifferentism (ecumenism, religious liberty):

    “…..Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that “there is one God, one faith, one baptism”[16] may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that “those who are not with Christ are against Him,”[17] and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore “without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate.”[18] ….”

    Please read the entire encyclical because it is truly a treasure to combat the current errors and to help ground and strengthen your faith –

    The Church with the help of the Holy Ghost declared;

    Ex Cathedra ” The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes, and preaches that NONE of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics [Protestants] and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, UNLESS before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, NO ONE, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church. (Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441).

    The Vatican II Popes have turned from the truth and The Blessed Virgin came to Fatima to warn of it. They say all religions are good and praiseworthy, and that the Holy Ghost helps them!

    I would recommend Vatican II About Face! by Father Luigi Villa Th. D. His book reveals all of the serious defects and even heresies promoted by Vatican II.
    Concise and to the point, Fr. Villa explains eight heresies that have been ordained and promoted by this Council:
    1. The Cult of Man
    2. A New Religion
    3. “New Prophets” of Joy
    4. Idolatry of the World
    6. “Religious freedom”
    7. Ecumenism
    8. Universal Salvation

    “I believe there will come a day when Vatican II will be declared “null and void” in a solemn judgment
    of the Supreme Pontiff. It will then appear as an anomalous stone, abandoned at the back of a cemetery.” Fr. Luigi Villa Th. D.

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