Vatican Declares “Year of Assault”

May 27, 2012 John C. Sivalon, M.M.

Note:  The author of this incisive analysis is a former Maryknoll provincial superior who now teaches theology at the University of Scranton.    It “connects the dots” between the recent Vatican censure of the LCWR and the retrenchment from Vatican II.

Under the guise of a “Year of Faith,” the Vatican has launched an all-out assault on any theology or interpretation of Vatican II based on what it calls a “Hermeneutic (Interpretation) of Rupture.”  This theological assault is articulated in the document known as “Porta Fidei” written by Benedict XVI and further specified in a document titled “Note on Recommendations for the Implementation of the Year of Faith” which was developed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Both of these documents are cited by Cardinal Levada in his statement on the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The rationale for that assessment and other punitive moves that have been made in recent months (Caritas International, educational institutes, and the Girl Scouts) must be understood in the broader context of this special “year of assault.”

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