The wager of the Year of Faith

Source: FSSPX News

Everyone knows Pascal’s wager;  the Year of Faith which is to run from October 11, 2012, to November 24, 2013, gives the impression that it, too, is based on a wager.

The pastoral guidelines that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has just published show that this year should be considered the occasion to spread the teachings of Vatican Council II and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is presented by Benedict XVI as “an authentic fruit of the Second Vatican Council” in the Apostolic Letter Porta fidei dated October 11, 2011.  Is this widespread diffusion possible, without preliminary examination?

As Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne, France, recently acknowledged in La Vie, “The very principle of adhering to the Council is a source of misunderstanding, since there are opposing interpretations of it.”  That is why Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, requested during a colloquium held in Rome on December 17, 2010, a syllabus condemning the errors in interpreting the Second Vatican Council and explaining clearly the traditional sense in which certain disputed statements of the Council must be understood.

Can the celebration urbi et orbi [in the Eternal City and in the world] of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II (October 11, 1962 – October 11, 2012) do without such a syllabus?  That is the wager of this Year of Faith.

Fr. Alain Lorans