I love Bishop Schneider’s little book, “Dominus Est”. In this short book, he exhorts everyone to have way more respect for the Holy Communion, because every crumb is Jesus/God, and to receive Him kneeling down and on the tongue.
Bishop Schneider is one of the few bishops who has brought up problems with Vatican II documents. We need to bring this up, because he is a very highly respected bishop.
In December 17, 2010, Bishop Schneider gave a conference in Rome to cardinals and bishops about the wrong interpretations of Vatican II documents. You can read the text of the talk here. http://www.ewtn.com/library/bishops/schneider-proposte.htm
Then on June 27, 2013, Michael Voris had an interview with Bishop Schneider on the ambiguities within the Vatican II documents. You can view here
For you who will not see the Youtube, the bishop brings up the problem with the doctrine of collegiality found in Lumen Gentium. He said that in this document one can read it to mean that the Pope is a “first among equals” and his primacy is only that of honor. It takes away his jurisdictional power as episcopus episcoporum.
In Lumen Gentium
16, he criticizes the text: “the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God.”
He disagrees with the concept that Muslims and Catholics together adore the one God. He makes an distinction between belief in one God, according to natural reason, and the having the supernatural virtue of faith, which alone is pleasing to God.
“We adore God always as a Trinity…our adoration is an adoration of supernatural faith. To worship God as Creator only or one God only, there is no need of faith. The use of your reason is sufficient. This is a dogma of the First Vatican Council, that every human person is able only by his reason, natural light of reason, without the light of faith, to recognize the existence of one God as Creator. Consequently, to worship Him according to his knowledge of natural reason. These are the Muslims – they have no supernatural faith and therefore they have no supernatural act of worship. Even the Jews who rejected Jesus as God, as Trinity, they rejected Him they have no faith. Therefore their worship is also natural, not supernatural
Schneider also criticizes the document Unitatis Redintegratio on ecumenism where it states that even non Catholics are a means of salvation.
“This could also be interpreted in a wrong manner, in a way of the Anglican Branch theory that there are several branches of Christianity who are all means of salvation
. Therefore we also have to clarify this expression. We have to say perhaps, nevertheless, God can use other Christians, but individually because the are baptized…Remember what St. Augustine said, what the non-Catholics have, they took from the Church
. He even said they have stolen it from our house
. What we have, this is Catholic, not theirs. Therefore, we have to explain this. Otherwise, it could be understood wrongly.”
He also criticizes Gaudium Spes 12 which begins with: “all things on earth should be related to man as the center and crown (finis et culmin). This is what he says: “I think this expression is very ambiguous. It is not correct because all the things which exist on earth have their finality in God and have to glorify God as their summit…all things that exist are created for the glory of God and for Christ, through Him and for Him. Christ is the end of all created things. The aim of this expression was that God created all non-rational things for the service of man, and that man is the ruler or king of this creation because God gave man such a dignity.
But I think we cannot say this in this manner. We have to stress, even so, the created things on earth are created for man, but not ultimately for man…so we have to explain this also, otherwise it is an anthropocentrism, and this is all part of the crisis of this past fifty years, this anthropocentric vision. And not only vision, but practice, also, Christian life, liturgy and theology. Very anthropocentric. And this is the biggest danger of humanity, for the Church to be anthropocentric, because this was the first sin of Adam and Eve. This is very dangerous, and such expression of our Council texts can be used for such things and therefore need more explanation.”
I could not agree more with Bishop Schneider on the danger and reality of the new ANTHROPOCENTRIC catholicism
. Adam and Eve wanted to be god by eating the forbidden fruit. We want to push God out and put man in the forefront of liturgy and by deciding what is right and wrong.
There was an even more recent article in an English Catholic newspaper with Bishop Schneider bringing up even stronger criticisms of some of Vatican II documents. But I can not seem to find that article.
There is a glimpse of hope that other bishops, religious and priests will stop being defensive about the Vatican II documents and honestly admit that some of them strongly seem to have changed Catholic dogma.
Vatican II was not called to define dogma, it was called to deal with pastoral issues. Why does it have to be treated as the other councils, (Trent and Vatican I), which were called to clarify Catholic dogma.
Yes we will be shunned and scorned for bringing up these important problems with Vatican II documents. But, all the prophets were shunned and killed for criticizing the leaders of the people of God, the Israelites.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know there was a Catholic Church and many councils before 1963.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.