This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John XX111 and the coronation of Venerable Pope Paul V1 (the last so-called coronation of a Pope).
Pope Paul is vilified today by some in the Catholic Church because of the Missal which he promulgated, and still by others because of Humanae Vitae. He is called "weak", "confused" and is regarded by some as something approaching a monster. There is a certain hysteria about some of these criticisms as well as a lack of human understanding and compassion. Paul V1 was certainly a man who suffered for the sake of the Church. He was an intellectual and a deeply spiritual man which means that he spent a great deal of time both thinking and praying about his decisions. It is well known that he agonized over the attempt to change the Church's teaching on contraception - an attempt he bravely rejected. The liturgical changes that came after Vatican 11 still cause controversy. It does seem that he was too trusting towards certain individuals but his famous comment in 1972 that "the Smoke of Satan has entered the sanctuary", according to Archbishop Noe, was a reaction to the way some bishops and priests were using the Missal - in other words, a reaction against abuses in the Liturgy.
There is more to be said about this courageous warrior of God (my description), and I will post more later.
For now, here is a very interesting Vatican radio presentation from Veronica Scarisbrick;