Does Defending Vatican II Deny a Crisis in the Faith?

First, we have to decide if their is a crisis in the faith. I don’t really think there is in many parts of the world. In fact, many Asian and African countries seem to have done pretty well after Vatican II. (I will leave the research of that claim to yourselves) Also, coming from a rural Canadian outlook I see a lot of strong parishes around me. True they are smaller and getting demographically older than they were in the past, but no where near catastrophic drops in attendance like we may expect. Also, I think that church numbers in many large Canadian cities are bolstered by immigrants from strong Catholic countries.

I might agree that in terms of numbers their has been a decline in church attendance in the western world. Yet, is a crisis of faith really the right word for this? Sure, some churches have closed and diocese have less financial strength. But, have we reached the crisis moment yet? Are we at the point of panic? Perhaps it is coming soon where the total Catholic Parish church system will collapse? These are all speculations. If you close one church, the church beside it gains a whole bunch of parishioners. Then that parish becomes stronger! At this point — those who are left are not going anywhere. (unless they die then number might start to decline if they are not replaced)

So what does this have to do with Vatican II. Does defending Vatican II deny the presence of any crisis? I don’t think so. There are many who blame Vatican II for a crisis in the faith. Here at this website we believe that Vatican II did not cause the crisis but other social trends. Vatican II was an scape-goat or easy way out for what people were going to do anyway. If you think Vatican II caused the crisis then of course defending it denies the crisis. Yet, we don’t believe it caused the crisis. In fact, we believe it is the way forward out of the crisis (or decline in faith among Catholics if true). That is why we defend it. We believe that the Holy Spirit speaks through the Pope and the bishops. If we are obedient, we will have great success in conversions. If we turn away from Vatican II we turn away from being obedient to the wishes of the Holy Spirit and will reap little fruit.

So now, to answer an objection. If Vatican II is all so great why is there not an increase in faith? Well, just as the council of Trent did not really stop Protestants in their tracks, quash the movement and stop any more conversions away from Catholicism, Vatican II was not a be all and end all solution either. It takes time for it to play out. It takes time for the spirituality seeds of its thoughts to be taken in by the soil of our soils and grow to fruition. As Ven. Fulton Sheen has said, it would be a sign that the council was not of the Holy Spirit if the devil did not try to instigate so much force against it.

If the council did not occur the results may have been much worse! Without going into the details there was a lot of post World War II cultural shocks that was changing society at the same time.

In conclusion defending Vatican II does not deny the existence of a decline in Church attendance. What it does is not equate Vatican II with that decline, but the opposite. It equates the future one of faith and hope with the following and fruition of Vatican II. There have been a lot of great spiritual fruit from Vatican II. Don’t take it from me go look it up for yourselves. Please don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Challenge the assertions that Vatican II caused trouble but no gain.

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