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Vatican II

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 Contents - Feb 2008AD2000 February 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Can Catholic schools recover their 'salt' - Michael Gilchrist
Spe salvi: Benedict's second encyclical calls for a rediscovery of hope in Christ - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Grace under fire: ordinations, and first Holy Communion in Iraq - Babette Francis
Technical school: Salesians continue to help post-tsunami Sri Lanka - Michael Lynch SDB
Paganism: 'New Age' activities continue in Brisbane Archdiocese - Tim Pemble-Smith
A remarkable father remembered - Maria Rankin
How to reform Catholic education: get the world view right - Chris Hilder
The need for solitude and reflection amid today's cacophony - Andrew Kania
What the social reign of Christ means today - Bishop Peter Elliott
Letters: Dissent - Frank White
Letters: Natural Law - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: New look Mass - Jessie Roger
Letters: Virgin Birth - Eamonn and Pat Keane
Letters: True Church - John Frey
Letters: 'Schoolies' - Fr. M. Durham
Letters: Poor communication - Don Gaffney
Letters: Vatican II - Anthony Bono
Letters: From India - Fr. A. Alex Prabhu
Books: NO PLACE FOR GOD: The Denial of the Transcendent in Modern Church Architecture - Tony Evans (reviewer)
Books: WHEN MIGHT BECOMES HUMAN RIGHT:Essays on Democracy and the Crisis of Rationality - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: A YEARBOOK OF SEASONS AND CELEBRATIONS, by Joanna Bogle - Eric Hester (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 and Freedom Publishing
Reflection: Devotion to Our Lady: eclipse and revival - Br Barry Coldrey

I endorse Dr Frank Mobb's statement that the Second Vatican Council was not infallible. This position is supported by both popes involved at that Council.

Pope John XXIII described the role of Vatican II as the exercise 'of a Magisterium predominantly pastoral in character'. In his opening speech on 11 October 1962, he stated, 'There will be no infallible definitions. All that was done by former councils. That is enough' (Abbott, p. 712).

In his closing speech to the Council on 7 December 1965, as well as at his General Audience on 12 January 1966, Pope Paul VI said, 'In view of the pastoral nature of the Council, it avoided any extraordinary statements of dogmas endowed with the note of infallibility'.

In 1988, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI), in an address to the bishops of Chile said, 'The truth is that [Vatican II] defined no dogma at all and deliberately chose to remain on a modest level, as a merely pastoral Council; and yet many treat it as though it had made itself into a sort of super dogma'.

ANTHONY BONO
Central Coast, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 1 (February 2008), p. 15

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