Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pope John XXIII, Traditionalist

Pope John XXIII

The fiftieth anniversary of the second Vatican Council is fast approaching, and as one scans the waste and wreckage that previously was the Catholic Church in the US and in Europe, the conclusion that the Council was the cause, and the wreckage is the effect is difficult to resist.  Certainly, in calling the Council, Pope John XXIII had much more modest and traditional purposes in mind, as his drafts of Council documents show, than the Council itself expressed in its own extremely lengthy, complex and controversial documents.  Though he will always be associated with the highly innovative Council, John XXIII was a highly traditional man.  This is obvious from a consideration of Pope John's meditations on the Rosary, which Rorate Caeli makes available here.

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