Danneels: Vatican II broke with past25 October 2012
The Church broke away from its negative and "world-rejecting" past at the Second Vatican Council, a senior cardinal has said.
In a speech given last week at Clifton Cathedral in Bristol and St George's Cathedral in Southwark, south London, Cardinal Godfried Danneels said that Vatican II represented a "discontinuity with past thinking" comparable to that at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325, when the Nicaean Creed was formulated.
His remarks however appear to conflict with Pope Benedict XVI's anaylsis that the Council should be understood as reform within continuity. The Pope has also criticised the "hermenuetic of discontinuity" as an analysis of Vatican II.
The Belgian cardinal was speaking as part of lecture series in both dioceses to mark the start of the Year of Faith. Danneels, who was present as an expert at the Second Vatican Council in 1962, told audiences that the council had demonstrated that the Church's traditions and practices "need not necessarily remain that [unchangeable] way for eternity".
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