Following on the “celebration” of the Protestant Reformation by Pope Francis last October in his visit to Sweden, the Vatican postage stamp honoring Martin Luther, and the statement from the Vatican that Luther was a “witness to the Gospel,” Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has added something even more unsettling. The cardinal, in an interview published in the Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, stated that doctrinal condemnations expressed by the Council of Trent against the Protestants “have no more value today.” Thus we have a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church publicly stating that a dogmatic Ecumenical Council of the Church no longer has value—and this statement is published in the official Vatican newspaper.
Of course, this sort of statement has been the hallmark of most of the hierarchy since Vatican II — implicitly (and often explicitly) adhering to the Modernist teaching that the dogmas of the Church are not absolute and can change with the passage of time.
The perverse irony here is that Cardinal Koch would be the first to insist that in order to be a Catholic “in good standing” one must absolutely and completely accept the teaching found in the pastoral Second Vatican Council. He has also fallen into the logical contradiction that by denying the perduring validity of the Council of Trent, he is also denying the perduring validity of any council, including Vatican II.
Simply put, your Eminence, one cannot have it both ways. Though in the Rome of Pope Francis, maybe one can.
The following sermon for the Feast of Christ the King was delivered by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), on October 29, 1989 in Dublin, Ireland.
Today we must pray to Our Lord Jesus Christ, we must pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to remain true Catholics and to do everything possible to become saints. We must come to church frequently, pray in our church, receive the graces of the sacraments in order to become saints, to sanctify our souls and to go to heaven with all the members of our families and all those who kept the Catholic Faith here on earth and now enjoy the happiness of heaven.
Catholics today understand the Church’s observance of Lent and Holy Week has undergone significant changes over two millennia. But how, and when did the practice begin?Geography, divergent spiritual traditions, and even differences in calculating the date of Easter (Pascha) contributed to diverse liturgical practices across Christendom—practices which themselves have morphed within the local churches from which they originally arose.