After The Resignation: Paul VI.
The sudden resignation of Pope Benedict has a positive side effect that I thought I would not leave uncommented: the freezing of the beatification of Vatican II via Paul VI and John Paul I. This very questionable plan would clearly have been tantamount to a desperate last attempt to reinvigorate Vatican II. Pope Benedict, who was unwise enough to give the plan the green light, was wise enough not to carry it out before stepping down.
The beatification of the two former Popes – and with them, de facto and certainly in the intentions of the Vatican, of an entire generation of disgraceful Catholicism, as Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are already beatified – – is now officially on ice, hopefully forever.
Pope Benedict’s successor will, though, find two highly “charged” beatifications baked almost to perfection, and his decision whether to serve the unsavoury dish to the Church or to let the matter die quietly will be a useful indication of what his plan for his pontificate are.
For the moment, I am glad this madness will not take place.
Posted on February 13, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged Beatification of Vatican II, Conservative Catholic, conservative catholicism, Pope Benedict's resignation, Pope Paul VI. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.