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Leading cardinal says Vatican II saved Church from obscurity

October 20, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: In a Spanish television interview, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg said that the Second Vatican Council “saved the Church.”

The Jesuit cardinal—who has been chosen by Pope Francis to be relator general for the Synod on Synodality—said: “If we did not have that point of reform that was the Second Vatican Council, the Church today would be a small sect, unknown to most people.”

Cardinal Hollerich said that resistance to the changes proposed by the Council continues, and “the strongest comes from the traditionalists, who curiously are also a postmodern phenomenon.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 20, 2022 4:42 PM ET USA

    I almost laughed out loud when I read the title of this article. Then I clicked on the link to the source and found the same biting, nasty denigraton of its enemies that the Vatican has manifested for the last several years. "CLUELESS" is the best way to describe these out-of-touch bureaucrats who maintain their clericalist elitism, blinkered by their love of revolution (aka "progress") and disdain for the rehash of "theories" (i.e. doctrines) that lend the Vatican II documents credibility.