With the stunning announcement of the Holy Father’s resignation to take place on February 28, the speculation will begin as to his successor will be and as to the direction the new pontificate will take. Of particular interest to me is the “hermeneutic of continuity” of Pope Benedict in respect to the Second Vatican Council. This is a hot issue at the very moment the Holy Father announces his resignation.
The Holy Father’s appeal to a renewal of faith based on the proper assimilation of the texts of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church is being rejected, in very the name of the faith, in favor of some “more faithful” and “holier” version of Catholicism. In fact, this is the appeal of traditionalism: it represents a more vital commitment to the faith than can even be mustered by the Vicar of Christ. I am sure we will witness from the traditionalists the hope and prophecy of a more “dogmatic” papacy.
Wait for a much louder drum beating. It is coming. Continue reading