Council Fathers on Ambiguity in Vatican II | 9/20/1964 | Staff
gbabii05 (Posted by) Level 3
The fundamental historiographical question of the Conciliar period is whether the collapse of the faith that occurred in the wake of Vatican II was a result of the poor implementation of good conciliar documents, or were the Council documents themselves deficient in such a way that they directly enabled or led to the collapse? This is where the question of "ambiguity" arises; to what degree were the Council documents ambiguous? And is ambiguity always a bad thing? After all, the Bible is ambiguous in many parts, and we do not go around blaming God for the ambiguity of the Bible. In this article, we will attempt to really dig into this question of ambiguity, utilizing the Council fathers themselves as our sources.

Why is this study necessary? It is often stated that the accusation of ambiguous Council documents is one invented by traditionalists and used as a stick with which to beat or diminish Vatican II. Furthermore, in answering these objections, it is not sufficient to talk about ambiguity in the Council without being able to document which texts are ambiguous and what damage this ambiguity can do. Thus, I present to you here a chronicle of concerns of ambiguity and vagueness in the documents of the Second Vatican Council from the lips of the Council Fathers themselves.

Accusations - Ambiguity - Vagueness - Blog - Traditionalist

What we have below is accusations of ambiguity and vagueness, not from the blog of some Traditionalist representing his own opinion or poorly formed theological vision, but from the Council Fathers themselves, from the men who made the Second Vatican Council. These statements are all taken from the public acts of the Council, during the discussions of the General Congregations in which the drafts (or schemas) that woudl become the Vatican II documents were discussed. The "interventions" of the Council Fathers quoted below...
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