Sunday, April 18, 2021

Vatican II was good for some



  1. The degree to which the Antiochian Orthodox misread Vatican II was cause for some tragicomic moments- In 1974, Elias IV sent Georges Khodr on a (at the time) secret mission Rome to ask Paul VI to voluntarily suspend communion with the Melkite Catholics so that they could reunite with their Mother Church (as Melkite leaders were then starting to refer to the Antiochian Orthodox). In Khodr's account of the hour-long meeting years later, "Paul VI kept silent and I understood that he was not prepared for such an opening..."

  2. I don't think it's appropriate to condemn the Council in toto. I think there are many strong parts of the Council and even Abp. Marcel Lefebvre said there were many parts of the Council that can and should be meditated on. It's possible to only partially condemn the Council.