She warned against "uncritical acceptance of every utterance of a pontiff," which, she wrote, "is both clericalism and a kind of papolatry
But if faculty are dissenting from Church teaching or dismissing papal statements out of hand, that is a serious problem.
Harder to bear for faithful Catholics than even the worst Communist maltreatment was Paul VI's seeming determination to humiliate them by every possible means and a fair few impossible ones, his public excuses for such behaviour blurring the dividing line between papal primacy and outright papolatry
. No such intellectual confusion afflicted the Communists themselves.
"Aren't these forms of papolatry
and Mariolatry true and proper cults?" the community wondered.
"We have here, says La Civilta Cattolica, "a psycho-sociological attitude, not always free of servility, typical of the court mentality that arises -- outside the pure doctrine of personal papal infallibility -- as an abnormal growth on that doctrine, [producing] a proliferation of papolatry
and courtly Byzantinism."