Our undercover correspondent on retainer in a northeastern seaboard city that knows how to keep its secrets (pace Garrison Keillor) writes:
Fr. Joseph Ratzinger was held suspect by the holy office, then rehabilitated, to finally become Pope.Come on, my friend. Can it be all that bleak? Gimme the "V" sign during the Right of Peace, don't let go of your balloon, and all will be well.
I believe a similar path was tread by Paul VI.
Likewise DeLubac, and Hans von B. Not all the way to a papl throne, but from suspicion to glory.
Their once "progressive" doctrines are now "mainstream," even "conservative."
And here, Liberation Theology, thought highly problematic, is now embraced in alternative form with a Latino Pope who supposedly found it problematic. See?
Honestly, to make sense of it all you need a degree in theology... and then you truly realize there is no way to make sense of it all!
[Hat tip to JM]