The Hermeneutic of Discontinuity
As I've said numerous times before, I feel fortunate that we have a very reverent Novus Ordo Mass at my Parish. The fact that the Mass is so reverent insulates me to a large degree to the pain and the division in the Church currently. On Sunday at my Parish we had our monthly Vetus Ordo. The 11.30am Mass which we usually attend was being said for a family friend and my wife wanted to go to that Mass. A family conference ensued and all the children wanted to go to the Latin Mass. So my wife went in the morning and I took everyone in the afternoon to the old rite.
"Christ is present in the tabernacle, in the monstrance and in the pyx carried to the bed of the hospital patient. But he is there because he is here, in the table fellowship of the church."https://t.co/F6cuC1Cb1Y— America Magazine (@americamag) August 2, 2021
Francis is a homosexual activist, under him homosexualism has rooted itself more deeply than ever in Rome.— Monsignor Ferrari (@ServizioVatican) August 1, 2021
In the Vatican believing in God was highly esteemed, now being on Grindr has become essential. https://t.co/IBhAIlbxie
At Angelus, Pope Francis says: "It is curious that in the accounts of the multiplication of the loaves in the Gospels the verb 'multiply' never appears", adding "The real miracle is not multiplication that produces vanity and power, but the sharing, that increases love" pic.twitter.com/hOo2HziQsB— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) July 25, 2021
"There can be no clearer sign that the post-Conciliar revolution has lost its power to persuade, and knowing this, grows afraid, and resorts to doing by force what it cannot do by persuasion."
NLM echoes a lot of voices which suggest that is a last, desperate rear guard action by the St. Gallen Mafia: that group of ageing progressives who wanted a "modern" leader for the Church. NLM suggests that the revolution is now over. There is growing evidence to support this as the bishops Pope Francis uses to justify his actions abandon him, opting instead to value the Traditional communities and their contribution to their dioceses. This is only sensible as, as has been objectively demonstrated time and time again, these are the communities which continue to grow and attract followers.
Pope Francis has rejected the hermeneutic of continuity, an expression of Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the Roman Curia on 22 December 2005 which constituted a valid effort to unite the post-conciliar factions, and embraced the hermeneutic of discontinuity:
The hermeneutic of discontinuity risks ending in a split between the pre-conciliar Church and the post-conciliar Church. It asserts that the texts of the Council as such do not yet express the true spirit of the Council. It claims that they are the result of compromises in which, to reach unanimity, it was found necessary to keep and reconfirm many old things that are now pointless. However, the true spirit of the Council is not to be found in these compromises but instead in the impulses toward the new that are contained in the texts.
We can clearly see this from the way in which the Motu Proprio cites Vatican II documents, seemingly ignorant of their context: this is classic "Spirit of Vatican II" modus operandi.
I think this Pontiff has already seriously damaged the office of Pope. This particular fight may be entirely the wrong one for him as an individual to have picked as it sets him against truth, against beauty, against continuity and the deposit of faith. He is saying that what previous generations found good and holy are no longer holy.
"You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?" (Luke 12:56)— Matthew Hazell (@M_P_Hazell) August 2, 2021
For how much longer will the Church be bound by the colossal failures of a previous age?https://t.co/y6Ejs9uKHo pic.twitter.com/WohDBQweMR