Was Paul VI Really the Flaming Modernist Behind the Vatican II Revolution?
David Martin | The Daily Knight
When the announcement was made on December 20, 2012, that Pope Benedict XVI had approved the cause for Pope Paul VI’s beatification, glaring eyebrows went up in the traditionalist camp. After all, saints are usually martyr figures that are persecuted for their uncompromising fidelity to tradition, and Paul VI is generally seen as the driving force behind the revolutionary changes in the Mass that led the Church away from its tradition. But is this really true?
On October 14, 2018, Pope Francis canonized Pope Paul VI a saint, yet Paul VI denounced some of the very things that Francis today blesses, Communion in the hand to mention one. Does Rome today truly stand with Paul VI?
It appears that his canonization was only a political maneuver to try to “canonize” the Vatican II revolution, which the Church today generally attributes to Paul VI, but did Paul VI agree with this revolution?
People argue that the destructive new order of change was Pope Paul’s doing, since he was the visible head of the Church at a time when this historic change was underway. But Paul VI was also the visible head of the Church when artificial contraception was being adopted more and more by Catholic women, even with the blessing of liberal clergy, so did this mean that the escalating use of the "pill" was also his doing?
While Pope Paul initially believed the liturgical reform was the work of God to revive the Church, he himself did not initiate this change, nor did he seek to harm the Church. Is it possible that the pope who penned the superlative Humanae Vitae on the sanctity of human life and who solemnly declared that the smoke of Satan entered the Church could at the same time have been bent on destroying the Catholic Church?
According to the late stigmatist St. Padre Pio, Paul VI was the “Supreme Pastor of all Christianity” whose “illuminated directions” warrant our “unconditional obedience.” (September 12, 1968)
Did St. Padre Pio err?