Monday, June 23, 2014

Dietrich von Hildebrandt, Vatican II and Fresno.

An interesting critique of Vatican II by an important 20th Century theologian that has a Fresno connection.

1 comment:

John Kasaian said...

Pray for our Bishops!
Bishop Donohue was the Bishop that confirmed me (confirmation class consisted of listening to a Sister in a pants suit play Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence over and over and over---no joke!)

Obviously something wasn't well with him. He took his retirement and was replaced by the controversial Cardinal Mahoney.
Anyway I fear for the man's soul. If a vitriolic letter from the Bishop of Fresno can trigger responses from a notable scholar such as Michael Davies and a prominent theologian like Dietrich Von Hildebrand, both half a world away, well, that's saying something.
This article also enlightens my perceptions of our parish priest at the time, Msgr. Flood as extraordinarily heroic because he loved the Tridentine Mass and Msgr. Flood would regularly celebrate it decades later when it was allowed to return to the diocese until is health would no longer permit, and a visiting priest from the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter took over.
Msgr. Flood's obedience to Bishop Donohue must have been a painfully heavy cross for him to bear.
Of course I had no idea about any of this until I read the article.
Pray for your Bishop! Bishops need our prayers---I'd wager that none of use can even comprehend even a fraction of the temptations and spiritual snares these men have to deal with.

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