[quote=Baptista]Can anyone help me here? Someone asked the difference between “traditional” Catholicism and “Vatican II” Catholicism. I’m thinking that the person who told her that he is “traditional” and not “Vatican II” belongs to one of the churches that have separated from Rome, but still call themselves Catholic. I do not have the “smart words” to explain this to a non-Catholic Christian who is a very, very good Christian. She just doesn’t understand Catholicism, and I don’t want to confuse her.
Hi Baptista -
Vatican II brought the church into the modern era. The beliefs and doctrines didn’t change so much. It is how Catholocism is practiced that changed.
A new mass, fresh concepts about priests, nuns, and laymen were all a part of it. Also, the doors opened to bringing other christian groups together with the Church. Protestants participated. As far as the new mass is concerned, the latin mass has had a bit of resurrection lately. members.cox.net/holynamechurch/latinmass.htm
Can someone tell me the “Why” of the separation, and the actual differences?
Seperation? Could you be clearer on that statement?
All I really know about it is that some don’t go along with Church Teaching anymore. Some are ultra-conservative, and some are ultra-liberal. Neither actually answer to the Pope. Am I right, at least in this much?
The Second Vatican Council’s outcome did cause discomfort. Groups such as SSPX splintered off, prefering to hold onto the older traditions. However, dogma did not change, just the practice.
Thanks to any and all who can answer this.
Sure, anytime. Here are some links…
sspx.org/ - A splinter group who disagree with VII decrees.