By Robert Duncan
Catholic News Service
“According to my experience in the Western world,” wrote Bishop Athanasius Scheinder of Astana, Kazakhstan, in an e-mail exchange with Catholic News Service, “I (recognize) among Catholics from non-traditional or liberal parishes mainly the following doctrinal deviations or confusions”:
- The belief in a pre-conciliar church as opposed to a post-conciliar church.
- The belief that women can be ordained to the priesthood.
- The belief that Mass is primarily a “fraternal banquet” rather than a “sacrifice.”
Bishop Schneider also cited doubts about Mary’s perpetual virginity and an overemphasis on social activism, to the detriment of prayer and adoration of God as examples of misreadings of the Second Vatican Council.
“In Kazakhstan our faithful still are not contaminated with the mentioned errors,” Bishop Schneider wrote. However, in the case of some countries of Eastern Europe that have been integrated into the European Union, “some of the errors” have started slowly “spreading, especially among the clergy. Generally the Eastern people have in their mentality a natural and deep sense of reverence towards the sacred and readiness to obey religious authority,” Bishop Schneider wrote.
But some traditional parishes are not without problems of their own. Among the “deviations” to be found in these parishes, wrote the bishop, are:
- “A pathological piety.”
- “Exaggerated credulity towards alleged apparitions.”
- A tendency to isolate tradition from the teaching authority of the church.
Bishop Schneider wrote that “an arbitrary and ideological interpretation of Vatican II” had created the confusion, along with theologians and the media who took the documents “hostage.”
“I always accepted the texts of Vatican II as a son of the church, as texts of my mother,” the bishop wrote. Nevertheless, the bishop wrote he hopes that “some expressions” of the council’s documents ” will “be made more clear and unequivocal.”
To read about Bishop Schneider’s views on the Vatican II declaration on religious liberty, click here: http://cnsblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/bishop-athanasius-schneider-on-religious-liberty/
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