Consequences of Vatican II
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The Audacity of the Changes
Introduced in the Church

Robert P. Banaugh, PhD
In establishing the Catholic Church, Jesus Christ taught and instructed the Apostles, and these teachings and instructions form the basis of the Catholic Faith and Morals. Being the second Person in the Holy Trinity, Christ is God, and thus any alteration or contradiction of His instructions is a change or a denial of the word of God. For nearly two millennia, the Church endeavored to hold to God’s word; this was the work of her Magisterium.

However, at Vatican Council II, Bishops and periti, imbued with the philosophy of Progressivism, boldly taught an ensemble of new principles at variance with the Catholic Magisterium. They took advantage of the fact that most of the attending Bishops were theologically ill prepared and were not expecting the Council to span a period of four years.

The post-conciliar Popes, also progressivists, de facto imposed on the entire Church many of the progressivist notions. The audacity of the modifications is revealed in the following examples.

Cult of man

Paul VI

Paul VI introduced the cult of man
in the Conciliar Church

Christ established the Church to both give honor and glory to God and to provide the salvation of souls. This purpose was clearly altered by Pope Paul VI on December 7, 1965, when, in his closing speech to the Council, he proudly admitted to the transformation to a man-centered Church when he proclaimed:

“The religion of God made man has come up against a religion - for there is such a one - of man who makes himself God.” and “…we also, we more than anyone else have the cult of man.”

In his speech, the Pope introduced the label “conciliar Church,” thus emphasizing the Church is now man-centered and he exalted the new state of man in the Church by composing a hymn to the Glory of Man. A typical lyric is:

“Honor to Man, King of the Earth, honor to technique, to labor, to human hardiness, to man, king of the earth and today, prince of heaven.” (1)

New Mass

The Pope further reduced the honor due to God by introducing a new liturgy of the Mass, which is aptly described here: “Similarly, the new liturgy may still pay lip service to the concept of worship to a transcendental God, but in practice it is evolving into a glorification of man.” (2)

These words were written 35 years ago, and today we find that the new liturgy has evolved to enable the celebration of World Youth Day Masses, which publicly dishonor Christ by their rock concert style Mass festivities, their irreverent celebrations and the disrespectful and willy-nilly distribution of the Sacred Hosts at Holy Communion. (3)

Universal salvation

In keeping with the progressivist notion of non-conversion ecumenism, John Paul II held a prayer meeting of several different religious sects at Assisi. He permitted the placing of a statue of Buddha atop the tabernacle in a Catholic church to enable Buddhists to pray to their false god, an obvious infraction of God’s command: “Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.” (Ex 20:3)


Benedict XVI visits the Cologne synagogue in August 2005, one of his many visits to false temples e.g. here, here, here and here

In section 35 of his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Marie, John Paul II proposed replacing the prayer requested by God through His emissary the Blessed Virgin with spontaneous prayer invented at the moment.

He also authorized the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church” in which n. 840 declares that Jews, Muslims and members of other religious sects can deny Christ is the Son of God and yet be saved.

Cardinal Ratzinger amplified the declaration by writing in his book God and the World (2000): "The Jews ... are not excluded from salvation”.

Since God said about Christ: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17) and Christ said about His Father: “No man cometh to the Father but by Me” (Jn 14:6), such “permission” clearly denies the word of both God and His Son.

In section 35 of his Post-Synodal exhortation to the Bishops Pastores Gregis, John Paul II contradicted Christ’s words in Mt 12:24: “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Indeed, the Pope wrote:

“In proclaiming the risen Lord, Christians present the One who inaugurates a new era of history and announce to the world the good news of a complete and universal salvation which contains in itself a new world in which pain and injustice will give way to joy and beauty.”

The “new doctrine” of universal salvation was also proclaimed by the French Bishops, who as a body, pronounced against the doctrine of Hell. (4).

In direct contradiction to the command of Christ: “Going therefore, teach all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19), both Benedict XVI and Francis denied the necessity of conversion to the Catholic Faith.

At a meeting in Cologne on August 19, 2005, Benedict XVI, when speaking of the “new” non-conversion ecumenism, declared:

“On the other hand, this unity does not mean what could be called ecumenism of return, that is, to deny and to reject one’s own faith history. Absolutely not !”

And in a recent interview, Pope Francis said: “Convert you? Proselytism is solemn nonsense. You have to meet people and listen to them.”

Complacency with homosexuality

Since the end of the Council, perhaps the most damaging de facto moral change is the permissive attitude toward the sins of sodomy and pedophilia, sins so dangerous to the eternal welfare of souls that they cry out to Heaven for vengeance. Each of the post-conciliar Popes have either ignored or implicitly condoned these sins by refusing to take serious and effective steps to halt their worldwide spread among members of both the clergy and the hierarchy.

catholic students gay rights

Catholic high school students in Seattle quote Francis at a 'gay rights' rally

Pope Francis has publicly admitted the existence of a "gay lobby", also called the "gay mafia," in the Vatican itself. However, more than a year after declaring: “We will see what we can do.” the lobby remains at full strength and Vatican officials themselves have been charged as accomplices to the committing of the sins. (5)

The spread of public acceptance of these mortal sins began in earnest after Vatican Council II and is being greatly aided by the almost total refusal of the Hierarchy to vigorously speak out and take effective action against these sins.

These sins not only contradict Christ’s purpose for His Church, but also ignore Christ’s words: “He that shall scandalize one of these little ones ... it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18:6).

In summary, there is a clear need to rid the Church of progressivist notions to return it to the purpose for which Christ established it. This is affirmed in the adage: “To not oppose error is to condone it,” and in St. John Chrysostom’s words: “The person who does not become irate when he has cause to be, sins. For an unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices: it fosters negligence, and stimulates not only the wicked, but above all the good, to do wrong.” (6)

  1. http:www.crc-internet.orf/1303-2-heteropraxy-the-cult-of-man.html
  2. Michael Davies, Pope Paul’s New Mass, p.139.
  3. D.R. Ferreira & J, Vennari, World Youth Day, From Catholicism to Counterchurch.
  4. Romano Amerio, Iota Unum, p. 695.
  5. Irish Times, May 10, 2014.
  6. St. John Chrysostom, Homily XI super Matheum, 1c, nt.7.

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Posted June 2, 2014

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