If you haven’t yet seen this, you will want to hop over and have a look at Sandro Magister‘s always useful place.
In this case, Magister presents the back-to-back responses in the Vatican’s semi-official daily L’Osservatore Romano to two theologians in the more traditional camp who have called for a reexamination of the Second Vatican Council. Inos Biffi and (Archbp.) Agostino Marchetto responded to the books of Msgr. Brunero Gherardini and Prof. Roberto de Mattei.
These books have been out for a while but only now is L’Osservatore Romano getting around to talking about them.
You might be saying, “But Father! But Father! What do you think of the timing of these articles in L’Osservatore?”
I think that the beatification of Pope John Paul II is right around the corner and that the media spotlight is turning to Rome, and questions being raised about the beatification and about the present state of the Church.
In any event, check out Magister’s site.
The Disappointed Have Spoken. The Vatican responds
Inos Biffi and Agostino Marchetto reply in “L’Osservatore Romano” to the traditionalists Brunero Gherardini and Roberto de Mattei, who criticize the current pope for not having corrected the “errors” of Vatican Council II
by Sandro Magister
ROME, April 18, 2011 – Two of the “greats disappointed by Pope Benedict” on whom www.chiesa reported in a recent article have been the special focus of “L’Osservatore Romano,” with two consecutive and authoritative reviews of their latest books.
The “disappointed greats” are those traditionalist thinkers who had initially placed hopes in the pontificate of Joseph Ratzinger and in his restorative action, but then saw their expectations betrayed. And now they are making their discontent public.
Their disappointment comes above all from the way in which the current pope interprets and applies Vatican Council II.
Because it is there, in this Council, that is found the root of the evils present in the Church, in the view of these thinkers.
In particular, this is what has been written and argued in the latest books by Professor Roberto de Mattei and Canon Brunero Gherardini, the one from the historical point of view and the other from the theological point of view.
The aforementioned article from www.chiesa provides a concise summary of their theses:
Read the rest there.