Thursday, April 19, 2012

Famous Vatican II Moments-Ottaviani's Microphone

The story of Cardinal Ottaviani having his microphone turned off by the liberal bishops during the Second Vatican Council has been told by many who attended the Council. Every time I hear or think about it, it makes my blood boil. Another account posted on Rorate Caeli today gives you an idea of what kind of mean spirited people were trying to, and eventually, for all intents and purposes, did take over the Council. In fact, the bishop who was involved in silencing the good Cardinal that day was one of the overseers who helped present the names of the bishops and theologians who would later draw up the new schemas. As you may or may not know, Ottoviani was one of the those who wanted to keep the earlier drafted documents, which opposed the "new theologians". Can you imagine, a whole group of assembled bishops, laughing and mocking their fellow bishop after shutting off his microphone? Is that the what many consider the "Spirit" of the Second Vatican Council to be?

Account taken from Rorate Caeli.

Whenever I think about the Council, I said, I always have one image in my mind: an aging Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, now blind, about age 80, limping, the head of the Holy Office and so the chief doctrinal officer of the Church, born in Trastevere to parents who had many children, so a Roman from Rome, from the people of Rome, takes the microphone to speak to the 2,000 assembled bishops.
And, as he speaks, pleading for the bishops to consider the texts the curia has spent three years preparing, suddenly his microphone was shut off. He kept speaking, but no one could hear a word. Then, puzzled and flustered, he stopped speaking, in confusion. And the assembled fathers began to laugh, and then to cheer...

"Yes," Gherardini said. "And it was only the third day."

"What?" I said.

"Ottaviani's microphone was turned off on the third day of the Council."

"On the third day?" I said. "I didn't know that. I thought it was later, in November, after the progressive group became more organized..."

"No, it was the third day, October 13, 1962. The Council began on October 11."

"Do you know who turned off the microphone?"

"Yes," he said. "It was Cardinal Lienart of Lille, France."


Jae said...

If it can be verified true and the motives were ill, then it's sad.

Although, I trust the Holy Ghost more than any man and when Christ Himself said that "hell shall not pass", then their actions if true had nothing to do with the ratified Teachings of the Council. Amen.

Matthew Bellisario said...

Jae, this account has been verified as being true, and there are many different men at the Council that have verified it. I know it may seem as if everything in the Council must have been perfect, but this is not the case. I would suggest reading about the history of the Council, and you may be surprised at what you learn. It was not all sunshine, flowers, banners and balloons.

The Holy Ghost did not write the VCII documents, men at the Council did, and many of them were the ones cheering when this happened. The Holy Spirit guarantees the Church will not formally teach heresy, the Holy Spirit does not guarantee each document will achieve what it is intended to by the Council fathers. Also, why don't give me an example of a "ratified teaching of the Council" that differs with anything taught before it. As far I know, VCII ratified no official doctrinal pronouncements. Perhaps you can tell me differently.