The official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has said that Pope Benedict XVI's "act of mercy" towards the SSPX bishops in lifting their excommunications was deliberately timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the calling of the Second Vatican Council. Indeed, it should be seen as one of the fruits of the Council.
The editorial adds that the Pope's action should not be sullied by the "unacceptable revisionist opinions and attitudes with regard to the Jews" expressed by several members of communities to which Benedict is extending his hand.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Lifting excommunications tied to VII anniversary
~Whooo....let the fur fly! From Damien Thompson at Holy Smoke