My friends Frs. Blake and Finigan have blog entries about the bashing of Bp Davies by The Tablet (aka The Bitter Pill aka RU-486)
From Fr Finigan:
[…] Bishop Davies said to the young people that a previous generation failed to pass on the fullness of the faith. So we are treated to the observation that “No generation ever alive has passed on the fullness of faith to the next. The fullness of faith is beyond us all.” So let us distinguish. The kindly Bishop was not criticising a previous generation for failing to provide an immediate experience of the beatific vision. He was pointing out what it obvious to anyone willing to be honest about the life of the Church in the past few decades. Children, parents and young grandparents have grown up without clear teaching on the divinity of Christ, the infallibility of the Church, the real presence, the Sunday Mass obligation, the wrongfulness of artificial contraception, the existence of purgatory… to list but a few of the doctrines that have been considered too hard. That is what he means by the failure to pass on the fullness of the faith. He is unquestionably right and it is a grave injustice to the People of God if we pretend that it has not happened; and more so if we fail to rectify the situation with urgency.
If just one young Bishop can provoke this kind of opposition with a homily to young people, I wonder how things will be when there are one or two other like-minded Bishops appointed in due course to fill a couple of the many sees that are vacant or becoming so.
From Fr. Blake:
[… ] The last half century has been an attempt by successive Popes to clarify the teaching of the Council.
The Tabet blog, which I have just discovered, is bashing Bishop Davies for saying that faith has not been passed on in recent generations. Sr Gemma Simmonds of Heythrop says in gushing terms. “The greatest gift to our time is the enduring legacy of the Council [VII], the most authoritative gathering of the Church on earth.” I would like to debate with her what she meant by “authoritative”.
She then goes on to deny a principle teaching of the Council, that the liturgy “is the source and summit of the Church’s life”, by saying, “Going to Mass on Sunday is certainly a way to express and nourish faith, but it is not the fullness of faith, which is something that has to be lived in the context of the ordinary in solidarity with all that is good and true and beautiful in our world.” I tend to agree with someone who comments on this post and reminds Sister that in Jesus Christ we encounter the fullness of faith.
For me Sister and the commenter who speaks disdainfully of “the Institutional Church”, as if Christ found a Church without Apostolic leadership, seem to encapsulate a way of understand VII that praises it as concept yet denies its teaching.