TRADCATKNIGHT INTERVIEWS BERNARD JANZEN ON THIS CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
by: Eric Gajewski
Bernard was kind enough to answer some questions as it relates to this crisis in the Church. Bernard will be joining me again soon on TradCatKnight Radio.
Tell us a little more about your background and why you are a Catholic.
I am a cradle Catholic. Growing up as a Catholic in the post-Vatican II Church, I felt that something was wrong, but at first, I wasn’t sure what. There were two clues which showed to me that something was wrong in the Church. First, many churchmen and mainstream Catholic publications were sympathetic towards communism, an avowed enemy of authentic religion. This didn’t make sense. Secondly, the catechisms I was taught as a youngster lacked any real content. The question you could ask about these catechisms is: “Where’s the beef?”
After a search, I found Fr. Yves Normandin. In my opinion, he is a living saint. For many years, he almost single-handedly kept the traditional Latin Mass alive in the large country of Canada. Week after week, he traveled thousands of miles by airplane and bus, providing the Mass and sacraments in chapels, halls, and homes from coast to coast in Canada. After attending one Mass said by Fr. Normandin, I embraced the cause of Catholic tradition, eventually starting an audio recording apostolate, Triumph Communications, to spread the word.
What are Catholics to make of the Second Vatican Council?
There is a point of view, commonly held by good, middle-of-the-road Catholics, that there are no errors in the documents of the Second Vatican Council; the problem is that the Council was misinterpreted and misapplied. The facts don’t support this assertion. If the problem were only one of misinterpretation and misapplication, then Vatican II should have had a negative impact in only a limited number of geographic locations. Yet, one of the characteristics of the current crisis in the Church is its universality. Secondly, the crisis should not have been as deep as it was. The results of the Council can only be described as catastrophic. For example, vocations to the sisterhood have collapsed in Canada to the point where almost every convent in the country has been closed.
I would highly recommend the series of books Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani? This monumental series of books by Atila Sinke Guimarães is an exhaustive analysis of the Second Vatican Council. This work clearly proves that there are serious errors in the documents of Vatican II. The problem is with the Council itself.
Why is there so much confusion in the Church?
The first volume of Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani? is entitled In the Murky Waters of Vatican II. Its main thesis is that the documents of Vatican II are ambiguous. Ambiguity goes against the ethos of the Catholic religion. Clarity is a hallmark of our faith. For example, the documents of the Council of Trent are crystal clear, leaving little room for misinterpretation. Because the documents of Vatican II are ambiguous, they can be interpreted according to the beliefs of the individual. Because the documents of Vatican II and most other ecclesiastical documents published since then are ambiguous and can be interpreted in various ways, there is confusion.
There is another reason for the confusion. Modernist churchmen create confusion when they contradict the age-old teaching of the Church. For example, modern theologians often cast doubt on the existence of hell and purgatory and are not penalized for doing so. When the laity are being told one thing by some churchmen and another thing by other churchmen, is it not surprising that there is so much confusion?
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