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Corriere della Sera - Italy | 28/02/2013

A difficult legacy in a world without faith

In his last general audience attended by more than 100,000 people, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed his belief in the power of the Church. But this unshakeable faith at the same time poses a major dilemma for Catholicism, church historian Alberto Melloni writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "Ratzinger wanted to be the 'Pope of the learned'. He distanced himself from Wojtylas' brand of 'charismatic church leadership'. But in the end he shared the latter's fundamental approach of breaking with the guiding principle of Paul VI [the pope of the Second Vatican Council]: that of mediation and dialogue. He battled for a strong Church in the belief that the power of faith is what defines the value of the Church for the people. ... Under the leadership of a theologian Pope, of all people, the great theological spokesmen were dropped in the hope of turning the Church into the ethical prosthesis of a West without a gospel [i.e. without faith]. ... But in the end the West showed the Church its limits, pointing to its ethical deficit. Finding a way out of this impasse is the legacy that Benedict XVI now leaves to his successor."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 10/10/2012

Alberto Melloni on the magnetism of the Second Vatican Council

Pope Benedict XVI will launch the international Year of Faith with a special mass on Saint Peter's Square today. The Year of Faith begins on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Second Vatican Council, which was given the task of modernising the Catholic Church. This was and is a revolutionary event, writes church historian Alberto Melloni in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "It can't go unnoticed that 50 years after its birth (on 11 October 1962) the Second Vatican Council is still able to inspire enthusiasm. At times that enthusiasm is confused, because all kinds of things have been said about the Council. It has been described as a disaster and a betrayal, but also as a blessing and a gift. Yet precisely the way the Council has developed over time and the 'permixta', the interplay of many different influences, are its unifying elements. In the end the words of Pope Roncalli [who as interim pope appointed the Council in 1962], rise above this torrent of superficial labels: A step forwards, another miracle of the fiery tongues. … Any trivialisation or fabricated confrontation only reaffirms the primacy of Roncalli's guiding principle for the Council: he wanted a Church that is able to speak the language of the people."

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