Abbot Giovanni Franzoni, OSB, former abbot at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls in Rome, was a participant in the Second Vatican Council. He recently spoke at a theology conference of his experience as a council father. He stated,
Today, in many places, even in our environment, it is said that John Paul II and then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – as of 2005, Benedict XVI – were the ones who put a stop to the post-conciliar ferment, imposing a restrictive, minimalist interpretation of Vatican II. However, in my opinion, it was Paul VI himself who set the premises so that the Council could be, at least in part, “tamed” and the post-conciliar period “cooled down.”
See the full text of his talk at the website of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland.