New cardinal says opposition to Vatican II ‘not Catholic’

Pope Francis with new English cardinal Arthur Roche on Saturday (CNS/Vatican Media)

England’s new cardinal says those who are “stubbornly opposing” the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council are in danger of adopting a position that is no longer Catholic. Source: The Tablet.

Cardinal Arthur Roche, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, was among 20 prelates admitted to the College of Cardinals on Saturday, with 16 of them under the age of 80 and eligible to vote in a future conclave.

He has one of the most sensitive and demanding jobs in the Church’s central government, requiring him to work closely with the Pope and with the world’s bishops in overseeing Catholic worship.

But the 72-year-old cardinal has also been under attack himself during a time when, as liturgy prefect, he has been closely involved in re-establishing restrictions on the celebrations of the old rite, the form of worship used by the Church before the reforms mandated by the 1962-65 Vatican Council. The new restrictions have been met with a mixture of anger and defiance by some traditionalist Catholics.

“The council is the highest legislation that exists in the Church,” Cardinal Roche said. “If you disregard that, you are putting yourself sideways, to the edges of the Church. You are becoming more Protestant than you are Catholic.”

Cardinal Roche said reform is taking place, “but it’s a slow process because there are those who are dragging their feet with regard to this and not only dragging their feet but stubbornly opposing what the Church has actually decreed. That’s a very serious matter. In the end, people have to ask themselves: am I really a Catholic, or am I more of a Protestant?”


Stubborn opposition to Vatican II 'not Catholic' says cardinal (By Christopher Lamb, The Tablet

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