[percy-l] WP and Vatican II

Jonathan Potter jdp at scn.org
Sun Jan 14 13:19:56 EST 2007

I don't have it in front of me right now, but there's an interview in one of
the Conversations books where Percy talks explicitly about Vatican II and
the changes that occurred as a result of it.  He's generally positive about
it, but also recognizes that it opened the door to destructive forces within
the Church.  He speaks admiringly of Ratzinger at one point.

Jonathan Potter
Spokane WA

On 1/14/07, JHForest at cs.com <JHForest at cs.com> wrote:
> Michael Larson wrote:
> >> To sum up, I would not argue that Percy speaks only through Lance (as I
> agreed in an earlier post, he speaks through Lance's confessor as well),
> nor
> would I argue that Percy did not do his best to try to reconcile the
> church he
> had converted to with the one he ended up with. It must have been, I am
> sure,
> quite a feat of grappling in his considerable mind. What I will stand by,
> until
> the evidence points otherwise, is that he speaks at least in part through
> Lance
> and that he was anything but enamored with the spirit of novelty in the
> post-conciliar church. On the contrary, there is some reason to believe
> that it
> may nearly have cost him the Faith. <<
> I have to re-read Lancelot before I can make a contribution to this
> discussion,
> but (along with others) would like to know more about WP's take on Vatican
> II.
> I can imagine he would have given it very mixed reviews. He may well have
> regarded the Council's final text (the Pastoral Constitution on the Church
> in
> the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes) as a very important achievement and
> may also have been glad to see the Liturgy rendered in English, but been
> appalled with what actually happened to the new Liturgy when it reached
> the
> average parish (goodbye Gregorian chant, welcome guitars and pop music).
> Friendly greetings,
> Jim Forest
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