Rahner and Ratzinger: Heretics

Supporters of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of Society of St Pius X, branded the future Pope Benedict XVI and the late Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner “heretics” during the Second Vatican Council.

A previously undiscovered letter written by Karl Rahner to his brother, Fr Hugo Rahner SJ, during the council in November 1963 has revealed that the French Intégristes – followers of Lefebvre – accused him and Fr Joseph Ratzinger as “heretic[s] who deny the existence of hell and are worse than Teilhardt de Chardin and the Modernists”.

The letter, part of an exhibition in Munich, states that Rahner consoled himself with the knowledge that the pamphlet in which the accusation appeared also called Pope John XXIII “a harbinger of the Anti-Christ” and attacked Cardinal Giovanni Montini, the future Pope Paul VI.

How fun!  And how interesting that the worst person they can think of to compare the heretic brothers to is de Chardin!  I think I would have liked this guy Lefebvre.  He sounds like a real hoot.