Now I don’t agree with everything that Michael Lofton says, but he makes some very very great points.
He goes into detail showing how Dr. Taylor Marshall drops the ball on Vatican II and Pope Francis.
He shows that saying Vatican II does not have any anathemas is not a great point to make. (Other councils did not either)
He shows that Vatican II did teach dogma and that you cannot disregard that without going down Martin Luther’s path.
There is not just optional and infallible teaching with nothing in between. There is a lot in between. Many things that it teaches may not be infallible but are still magisterial teachings! And we need to have a religious submission to the magisterium and Pope and ecumenical councils.
Lofton says that you are in sin if you dissent from the council. He challenges those who say that Vatican II broke from tradition that you should prove to him those points. Prove it. Show that previous council and teaching really were of a greater and more authoritative weight.
We have not only many years of Popes accepting the teaching plus the authority of the Council itself. That is a lot! It takes a lot of authority to go against that. There is not discontinuity in the texts with the past. It is impossible to prove that V2 is in error.
Are Vatican II’s teachings infallible and binding, or fallible and optional?
This is a false dilemma. First, as stated in question 3, Vatican II does affirm infallible dogmas of the faith. These affirmations require the assent of faith on the part of Catholics.
But even when they are not affirming infallible dogma, the Second Vatican Council presents the teachings of the ordinary and universal Magisterium through an ecumenical council of the Church. This means that these teachings are assisted by the Holy Spirit (CCC 688), are promulgated by the pope in communion with the “authentic teachers of the apostolic faith endowed with the authority of Christ” (CCC 888), and require “religious assent which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it” (CCC 892). In short, the teachings are guarded from doctrinal error and are binding on all Catholics; they are not optional.
(Also Dr. Taylor Marshall making comments on Hermeneutics of Continuity and Pope Francis’ comments on an interview – – irrelevant — interviews don’t matter as much as what he says in his weightier and more authoritative texts which he says he does.)