Tag Archives: The historical Vatican II

NPR’s botched coverage of the Vatican II anniversary

Imagine you read a story that purported to be about the 2004 election. The writer framed the story as being entirely about Howard Dean and John Kerry; he explained how Dean mounted a strong challenge, but was ultimately defeated by Kerry; he interviewed partisans for Dean and lukewarm supporters of Kerry. The story never once […]

Construing the council

I was asked in another place: “I thought you ‘uber Catholics’ always taught that since Vatican II was a pastoral council and not a doctrinal council, it wasn’t binding on Catholics.” That’s not a straw man; some “traddies” do take that position. But I’m not a traddie; they do not speak for me, nor I […]

“[T]he entirety of Vatican II must be read and interpreted in light of Tradition”

David Bonagura discusses What the SSPX Reconciliation Means – and Doesn’t. Let’s dig in directly with my emphases and comments: Few things make Catholics forget the precept of charity more than discussion of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), the traditionalist group of bishops and priests who, due to their opposition to the Second Vatican […]

Re-proposing fish friday

In What Makes us Catholic, Thomas Groome recounts a Jewish friend’s simple, direct, and satisfying explanation of his adherence to kosher rules: “It reminds me to bring my faith into every aspect of my life, even decisions about what to eat.” I would say the same about “fish friday”: Choosing fish—or pineapple pizza, or pasta […]