AlexBKaiser
+ Viganò skips entirely over +Barron and even ++George (mentioned in the original Word on Fire article) to grapple directly with Pope Benedict and his self-contradictory statement
De Profundis
+Vigano to Matt: "There is no Church only of today, in which yesterday is now irremediably past... What Christ taught yesterday, we repeat today and His Vicars will profess tomorrow, what the Martyrs witnessed to yesterday, we guard today and our children will confess tomorrow."
Ultraviolet
"...it is unlikely that he would say the same today." -Irrelevant to the factual validity of Cardinal Ratzinger making the cited quote at that time.

"Viganò rightly observes that the Church’s present is intimately linked to her past."

That observation also applies to Benedict today. His own view on the Church's present is intimately linked to his past statement.

As in, he was quoted as making …More
"...it is unlikely that he would say the same today." -Irrelevant to the factual validity of Cardinal Ratzinger making the cited quote at that time.

"Viganò rightly observes that the Church’s present is intimately linked to her past."

That observation also applies to Benedict today. His own view on the Church's present is intimately linked to his past statement.

As in, he was quoted as making the one being cited.

Archbishop Vigano has presented no evidence the quote is false -or- (most importantly) Benedict EVER publicly repudiated that view.
dowd
Vatican II was a catastrophe for the Church. It must be abrogated in its entirety.
Arthur McGowan
Viganò isn't claiming Ratzinger never said it. He's claiming it is nonsensical. And he's right.
crawler
Vatican II isn't today. It happened over 50 years ago back in the swingin' 60's.