.- In a column published Monday, Italian analyst Sandro Magister of LâEspresso says Pope Benedict XVI favors a renewed interpretation of the II Vatican Council, unbiased by historical distortions.
According to Magister, âThere exists great expectation about what Pope Benedict XVI will say in his homily at St. Peterâs on December 8, exactly 40 years after the end of the Council.â Magister notes that the diverse opinions about how to interpret the Council have given rise to the current strife within the Church. He points out that âon numerous occasions, Joseph Ratzinger has shown he does not shareâ the vision of those who believe the Council gave birth to a âspirit of reformâ that never ends and that constantly breaks with the tradition of the Church.
Magister speculates that the Popeâs homily âwill not address the issue from a historical perspective,â but part of what the Pope thinks can be found in the recent essay by Walter BrandmÃ¼ller of the Committee of Historical Sciences, publishedânot by coincidenceâby LâAvvenire, which is owned by the Italian Bishopsâ Conference. The essay underscores âthe impossibility of historically and theologically sustaining an interpretation of Vatican II âas a totally new beginning, as if it were âsuper dogmaâ that made everything else irrelevant.â
Magisterâs complete column can be found at