Documents for your files

Home

PROGRESSIVIST DOCUMENT OF THE WEEK


Card. De Lubac: Ratzinger Destroyed the Holy Office;
He Did Not Change

One of the most important interventions in Vatican II, made before the assembly of more than 3,000 Bishops, was that of Card. Joseph Frings, Archbishop of Cologne. In it, he strongly criticized the methods of the Supreme Congregation of the Holy Office, renamed after Vatican II as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Card. Frings' intervention received a standing ovation by the majority of the assembly, primed to give this response.

It has been said that on that day - November 8, 1963 - the Holy Office virtually died. Time confirmed this verdict.

In a book about Vatican II, Card. Henri de Lubac reports that the author of Fring's intervention was none other than Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, his personal secretary.

Then, the choice of Ratzinger for Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would have been to carry out the destruction that he initiated in that intervention.

In his book, Card. de Lubac describes what happens.

At right top is pictured the cover of Entretien autour du Vatican II[Discussion about Vatican II]; at right, a photocopy of the French text. At left below, we present our translation of the paragraph highlighted in yellow.


Allow me to recall something that happened. Joseph Ratzinger, an expert at the Council, was also the private secretary of Card. Frings, Archbishop of Cologne. Blind, the old Cardinal largely utilized his secretary to write his interventions. Now then, one of these interventions became memorable: it was a radical criticism of the methods of the Holy Office. Despite a reply by Card. Ottaviani, Frings sustained his critique.

It is not an exaggeration to say that on that day the old Holy Office, as it presented itself then, was destroyed by Ratzinger in union with his Archbishop.

Card. Seper, a man full of goodness, intiated the renovation. Ratzinger, who did not change, continues it.

It would be good to keep this episode in mind.

(Henri de Lubac, Entretien autour du Vatican II, Paris: Cerf, 1985, p. 123).


A_040_LubacRatz01.jpg - 25372 Bytes


A_040_LubacRatz02.jpg - 75156 Bytes


Posted on February 11, 2006

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes


Related Topics of Interest


burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Fr. Ratzinger was Under Suspicion of Heresy

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Card. Ratzinger: I Did Not Change

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Von Balthasar: Ratzinger Did Not Change

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Ratzinger: the Church Must Raze Her Bastions

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Card. Ratzinger: Gaudium et Spes is a 'Counter-Syllabus'

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   The Catacomb Pact against Pomp and Ceremony in the Church

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Fr. Boyer: Cheers to the End of Catholicism

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Card. Suenens: Vatican II Broke with the Past of the Church

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   How a Catholic Should act in Face of Bad Popes

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   St. Leo II Condemned Pope Honorius as a Heretic

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Declaration of Resistance to the Vatican Ostpolitik


burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes


Related Works of Interest


A_Offend1.gif - 23346 Bytes
Animus Injuriandi II
A_ad1.gif - 32802 Bytes
A_ad2.gif - 31352 Bytes
A_ff.gif - 33047 Bytes
Destructio Dei
A_hp.gif - 30629 Bytes
A_ecclesia.gif - 33192 Bytes


Documents  |  Home  |  Books  |  CDs  |  Search  |  Contact Us  |  Donate

Tradition in Action
© 2002-   Tradition in Action, Inc.    All Rights Reserved