Restorationism has come to gag the Council. The number of groups of ‘restorers’ — for example, in the US there are many — is significant. The problem is precisely this: in some contexts, the Council has not yet been accepted. It is also true that it takes a century for a Council to take root. We still have 40 years to make it take root, then!”
Even by Pope Francis’s standards, his remarks to editors of Jesuit journals on Catholic tradition are notable for their bitterness and gas-lighting silliness. For starters, he is the one who has done the gagging. Second, if it takes a century for a Council to blossom, it was dumb to convene Vatican II less than 100 years after Vatican I. Right? The movement to repair what was vandalised is a sign of the times and cannot be cancelled by old modernists whose heyday is over.