There is a new article by Fr Hunwicke – The Montini years: a sadly maximalising Papacy. May it rest in peace. He makes a point that Vatican I defined the limits of papal power. The Pope’s office is limited by his office and ministry in the Church. He can’t just do what he wants by “feeling infallible”.
The big test will be seeing whether Paul VI will also be canonised to complete the post-Vatican II cycle.
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Only this morning, someone sent me links to the harrowing situation of the Church’s death in France – La Grande Misère des Diocèses de France and a summary in English – The Terrible Misery of the French Church (and not just that Church). One advantage with the big close-down is that people will be less scrupulous about going to liturgies outside diocesan jurisdiction – when the dioceses get closed down. In the end of the day, the Church isn’t about getting people into the pews to keep paying for the old dinosaur – but the spirit of Christ.
Perhaps the light will return only after a very long dark age. We have to rely on ourselves and God.