Thursday, October 11, 2007

October 11, 1962 - 2007

"I am convinced that the damage that we have incurred in these twenty years is due, not to the 'true' Council, but to the unleashing within the Church of latent polemical and centrifugal forces; and outside the Church it is due to the confrontation with a cultural revolution in the West: the success of the upper middle class, the new 'tertiary bourgeoisie', with its liberal-radical ideology of individualistic, rationalistic and hedonistic stamp."
Joseph Cardinal Ratziner in The Ratzinger Report

2 comments:

John fforbes Hume said...

As a member of the upper middle classes, I am not responsible for a misunderstanding of Vii.

Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

A very astute observation by Cardinal Ratzinger.

But I wonder who and what created the "latent polemical forces" within the Church.

Cardinal Ratzinger does not identify the source.