Giusepp Alberigo: Pope subverts Vatican II, historian charges

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A noted Italian Church historian has denounced the opposition of the Catholic Church to the legal recognition of civil unions, and blasted Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news), saying that the current Pontiff is “worse than Pius XII.”

Giusepp Alberigo told the newspaper Corriere della Sera that Pope Benedict is afraid of modernity, “like a child who during the night is afraid of a ghost-- when in reality there is no ghost, but only a shadow.”

In an article summarizing reactions to the release of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist, Sacramentum Caritatis, the historian charged that the Pontiff is trying to roll back the progress initiated by Vatican II. “It is a restoration that cancels a century of Church history,” he said. Alberigo argued that “it is difficult to find cohesion between magisterial documents and the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.”

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