Joseph Frings, Archbishop of Cologne. Frings' intervention received a standing ovation by the majority of the assembly, primed to give this response.
It has been said that on that day - November 8, - the Holy Office virtually died. Time confirmed this verdict. In a book about Vatican II, Card.
Henri de Lubac reports that the author of Fring's intervention was none other than Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, his personal secretary. Then, the choice of Ratzinger for Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would have been to carry out the destruction that he initiated in that intervention.
In his book, Card.
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Frings, Archbishop of Cologne. Blind, the old Cardinal largely utilized his secretary to write his interventions. Now then, one of these interventions became memorable: it was a radical criticism of the methods of the Holy Office.
Pachamama and Bishop Robert Barron on Henri De Lubac
Despite a reply by Card. Ottaviani, Frings sustained his critique. It is not an exaggeration to say that on that day the old Holy Office, as it presented itself then, was destroyed by Ratzinger in union with his Archbishop.
Seper, a man full of goodness, intiated the renovation. Ratzinger, who did not change , continues it. It would be good to keep this episode in mind.