Fr. Bede Rowe of A Chaplain Abroad has an amusing post about the observance of the anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
There was a world wide consultation of Bishops before the initial preparation of the Council began.
I think of it as the beginning of one of my exams:
Answer the following question in ink using only one side of the paper provided.
“What do you think the coming Vatican Council should discuss?”
*In case of confusion, put your Diocese.
I would be tempted to move that asterisk down to the question itself!
There are lots of issues which could be discussed concerning the Second Vatican Council. One of them might be:
Was a Council necessary?
Explain in 200 words or less.
Pius XII had thought about a Council to conclude the work of Vatican I, which had been interrupted. He was advised against having a Council and, in fact, scrapped the idea. John XXIII, on the other hand, seemed determined to have one. Once it was underway, as some report, he seem to have tried to get it back into the box and failed. Then he died.
The Second Vatican Council still causes a lot of confusion, principally because people who talk about it a lot haven’t actually read the documents.
HEY! Here’s a novel idea!
I have it from the highest authority that if the Council Fathers had had Mystic Monk Coffee… or Tea for that matter… none of the confusion that has devastated the Church for the last few decades would have occurred! Trust me on this one.
Do you want to cause confusion? No!
Do you want to issue documents that will be accused of ambiguity and even heresy? No!
Do you want to force Pope’s to use phrases such as “smoke of Satan” and “hermeneutic of continuity”? No!
Take it from me, friends, you had better refresh your supply of Mystic Monk Coffee right now!
How about trying the Monk’s Four Favorite, which comes also with a sample pack you could even give as a hostess gift! People still give hostess gifts, right?
Do it for… the children.
Mystic Monk Coffee…. it’s swell!