An interesting event has just come to light that settles once and for all any arguments disputing the validity of decisions of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.
Pope Benedict XVI, in his own hand, wrote a letter last June to the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, which stated unequivocally that the condition for reconciliation with the Catholic Church was to “truly accept the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar magisterium.”
The society was separated from the church in 1988 when its founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, incurred automatic excommunication by ordaining bishops in defiance of orders from Pope John Paul II. At issue was the society’s refusal to accept fully the teachings of the Vatican council, particularly in regard to ecumenism and religious freedom on the basis that certain counciliar teachings are in conflict with the tradition of the church.
Others in the church have echoed views of the society and have worked to undermine the teachings of the council. Any assertion that the authentic teachings of Vatican II formally contradict the tradition of the church is false.
Pope Benedict XVI’s letter means that there can no longer be any dissent from the council’s teachings or debate about the validity of the Second Vatican Council.
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