22 January 2010

Cardinal Ratzinger on the Aftermath of the Council

"Certainly the results (of Vatican II) seem cruelly opposed to the expectations of everyone, beginning with those of Pope John XXIII and then of Pope Paul VI: expected was a new Catholic unity and instead we have been exposed to dissension which, to use the words of Pope Paul VI, seems to have gone from self-criticism to self-destruction. Expected was a new enthusiasm, and many wound up discouraged and bored. Expected was a great step forward, instead we find ourselves faced with a progressive process of decadence which has developed for the most part under the sign of a calling back to the Council, and has therefore contributed to discrediting it for many. The net result therefore seems negative. I am repeating here what I said ten years after the conclusion of the work: it is incontrovertible that this period has definitely been unfavorable for the Catholic Church."

— Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 1984.

As Pope Benedict XVI, His Holiness has done much to put things to right. He needs our prayers constantly. May God protect him and uphold him his mission.


Anonymous said...

Yeah! At the Oratory the priests of the Institute pray for our Holy Father in each Mass, except on first class feasts and Sundays (they do it Institute-wide in all apostolates, I have heard). These prayers are, as we know, most powerful, since they are linked to the sacrifice of the Mass. Our private prayers, nourished by the public prayers of the liturgy, should become more and more frequent. The Holy Father himself asked us to pray for him when he became Pope in 2005. Let's do it generously!

thetimman said...

And of course the prayers for the Pope in the Canon at every Mass.