Ruminations on Archbishop Viganó’s Recent Letter: Vatican II Is Not the Problem

On June 9, 2020, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó wrote a public letter giving what he believes is the correct course of action for faithful Catholics in light of the crisis in the Catholic Church. As I read the letter, I agreed with about 90% of it, since I, like many other Catholics, have seen with our own eyes over the last few decades the astounding degradation of our Catholic doctrines and practices. 

Still, there was about 10
% of the letter—the part that contained what the Archbishop believes to be the correct course of action to reverse and remedy our desperate situation— that seemed to me to be very desperate itself. In brief, the remedy is that we should blame Vatican Council II for the evils that beset us and treat it accordingly, essentially rejecting it since it is the root of the problem. As such, the Archbishop wishes to reject the “hermeneutic of continuity” since in his estimation it has proven to be an utter failure and consequently it should be abandoned as a remedy for some of the more controversial statements in Vatican II’s documents (e.g., those in Nostra aetate, Dignitatis humanae, Gaudium et spes, etc.).

Simply put, as much as I admire the Archbishop for all the good he has done for us in the past couple of years in exposing the corruptions that high-placed Catholic clerics have forced into the Church, his present remedy is, as characterized by some popular clichés, a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, or better, a case in which the medicine is worse than the disease. Reaction and remedy against the evils that face us is unarguably correct, but overreaction and desperation are not good and will only hurt us more in the end.

I am going to go through the Archbishop’s letter to point out where he has crossed the line, as it were, in giving the Catholic faithful his recommendations for a remedy to the crisis.

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  1. It apparent by the archbishop that a defacto parallel church emerged and much of the language of the documents are ambiguous enough to grant it safe harbor. This parallel church, which we know had its genesis long before the council, needed wiggle room without risk of condemnation. The goal obviously was to weaken, divide and conquer. Council Father Bishop John Paschang of Grand Island proffered responses to a survey taken by Dom Alcuin Reid in the 1990s. Succinctly put, the good bishop outlined the cratering of the Faith by the numbers and then said to judge it by its fruit. On balance, Vatican II was a shipwreck of the Faith and thel evidence is legion. It’s undeniable.

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  2. It obvious that a defacto "parallel church" emerged from the Council and became the sole "interpreter" of the council's intent regardless of the documents. But it needed that in order to grant them safe harbor. This parallel church, which we know had its genesis long before the council, needed such wiggle room with the goal to weaken, divide and conquer through diabolic disorientation. Council Father Bishop John Paschang of Grand Island proffered responses to a survey taken by Dom Alcuin Reid in the 1990s. The good bishop gave an overall assessment of the council by it's fruit. Cratering of vocations. The faithful leaving the Church in droves. Novel creations not granted by any document, etc. Yet this parallel church is like a parasite that cannot be extracted without killing it's host. And since PPVI stated the Council did not invoke the charism of infallibility (unique in Church history for an ecumenical council), there really is no harm to the Church for jettisoning the whole thing. The deposit of Faith is safe. Moreover, taken in light of the Fatima requests and the chaos that ensued from the failure to consecrate Russia and reveal with text of the third part of the secret by 1960, it's obvious the council was a dubious attempt to do an end-run on Fatima, resulting in a shipwreck of the Church and faith of many.

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