All Conversations in My Heart
Friday, June 06, 2008
  John 23 and His Opening Homily of Vat 2
"In the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of Human Relations. Differences are not to be feared, for even differences will lead to a greater good for the Church. And in order to spread the message to all men throughout the world the Church would have to bring herself up to date, wherever it was required.

The Church should never depart from the sacred Patrimony of Truth received from the Father, but at the same time she must look to the present to the new condition and new forms of life introduced into the modern world, which has opened avenues to the Catholic Apostolate.

The Council was not called for a discussion of one article or another of the fundamental doctrines of the Church, which has been repeatedly taught…. and is presumed to be well known and familiar to all. For this a council is not necessary. The world expects a step forward towards doctrinal presentation and a formation of consciences……. which should be studied and expanded through modern research and scholarship. In other words doctrine must now be evaluated in terms of contemporary learning and so made more readily understandable to present day worshippers".

My View

My two cents worth. I disliked this homily then and when looking at the Church today, I dislike it even more. What did it say…sweet fanny adams. What human relationships was he meaning? What differences should we consider have jumped into our faith especially in marriage? What new forms of life do we know of today? It contradicts itself every other sentence especially where it claims not to change a thing doctrinally. If I am wrong look at the mess, the lack of the use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Consider honestly the Indifference, Irreverences, the Blasphemy and Sacrileges pointed at the Eucharist, the most Holy Sacrifice of God’s Altar , which name ie is rarely used, all caused by the new modern doctrinal interpretations. Tell me this is not so. The Baby Jesus was thrown out with the bath water of some new fangled form of baptism.

 
  Fr Carol Woytla, JP2, A View on the Sacrament of Confession

Fr Carol Woytla on Confession and its Importance

When we talk about confession, you cannot play at being a woodpecker, one pecking from one side, the other responding from the other. You cannot settle matters with a smooth word. You have to establish a dialog and treat it seriously from the heart. Confession is the crowning moment of our Apostolic Activity.

So the question is whether we can preserve our apostolic values in the deep absence of an inner life. A priest will imperceptibly turn into an office clerk and his apostolate will turn into a parish office with a routine just solving daily problems

May I add my two cents worth, JP2 writes perceptively and the question for any one of us is very simple. Do we have an Apostolic Inner Life, that of grace without this sacrament?

 
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