Alright now, I have sat through and listened to this installment of Rostican II.
I think that Fr. Rostand perhaps means well but, doesn't it seem that he is trying to convice himself of what he is saying?
Some brief comments,
1) Again, he makes the claim that the Faith is not the key element of unity in the Church. And, again i say, there cannot be unity of any kind without unity of Faith first. The other principles of union are secondary to this and one cannot relativize the unity of Faith to be the same as the others.
This is precisley the conciliar argument that we have unity primarily by clinging to the Pope and Rome proving the visibility of the Church and zoom! we have unity. The same error which declares that we can have a agreement aside from doctrinal soundness.
2)He sees signs which he offers as change. Oh yes! But compare those with the numerous signs which point to apostacy which have far outnumbered tha meager helping which he puts forth. Again, Pollyanna's vision.
3) He keeps stressing that we can be recognized without harm "if we stay as we are". We have seen the facts in evidence which say that they will not be staying as they are in such a proposed prelature. "WE" will be restriced, forbidden and controlled.
4) He answers the Faith question by repeating that "Rome now knows our position". Well, that is good however, Rome has always known our position, and Rome has always rejected that position and today in these revolving document exchanges is seeking a change in our position, or no deal.
It is not our position which is important. The pressing question is what is Rome's position on doctrine? Can you tell us that it has changed? Obviously not.
5) Another serious misunderstanding, Recognition is a different matter than the doctrinal questions and the fight for the faith. The truth is that recognition is totally irrelavent and meaningless in regard to defending and restoring the Holy Catholic Faith in Roman minds and hearts, and thus in the whole Church.
There is more but , this should be enogh to waste upon propaganda 102 for today.