What a shockingly blasphemous claim! The first (that is, the real) Pentecost was when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles. So, if Vatican II was a new Pentecost, the Spirit of Vatican II is a new Holy Spirit. In fact, the Spirit of Vatican II is superior to the Holy Spirit, because trading the third person of the Trinity for this new spirit is supposed to have been a good thing. Shocking as it is, this is what the phrase “new Pentecost” implies. If the Spirit of Vatican II were the same Holy Spirit Who has guided the Church for the previous two millennia, Vatican II would not be on a level with Pentecost, but only with, say, Chalcedon or Lateran IV. What’s more, if it were the same Spirit before and after, we wouldn’t expect Him to contradict Himself so blatantly.
And since it was Jesus who sent the Paraclete to the Apostles, so it was Pope John who sent the Spirit of Vatican II to the bishops, meaning Pope John is a new, improved Christ! And indeed this seems to be what the conciliar church thinks. The original Christ freed us from the Mosaic Law, which was pretty nice, but the new Christ, by unleashing his spirit upon us, does better by releasing us from the natural law as well. True, Pope John didn’t get around to doing this before ascending into Heaven, but ditching the Mosaic Law also didn’t really get settled until Saint Paul, and many have been the theologians who have wanted to play the role of Paul for their new Savior.
We should be grateful that the Fathers of Nicea, Trent, and the rest never imagined that they were instituting a second Pentecost or thought they needed to concoct a new “spirit” to guide the Church.
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