JULY 16/18, 2017
Pope Benedict breaks his silence for the fifth time:
The Catholic Church is on the verge of capsizing
Just 24 hours prior to the breaking news (in the title above), I had released a study:
IS POPE FRANCIS A HERETIC?
I had to resist the great temptation to entitle that study “POPE FRANCIS IS A HERETIC“.
I had been the very first (and probably remain even today the only one) Catholic apologist and writer to have publicly criticized/condemned Pope Francis’ various initiatives since his very first month in office.
QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 01-WASHING THE FEET OF WOMEN ON MAUNDY THURSDAY 28 MARCH 2013
Since then I have released over 90 files related to this Pope (list at the end of the present file).
I always believed that I was on the right track, and several priests agree with me too, but now we have been vindicated. Pope Benedict XVI, God bless him is over 90 years old… and still has his spiritual and mental faculties fairly intact. We hope and pray that more Catholics will now see through the façade that Pope Francis has created of being a humble, poor ‘Franciscan’. Modernist Jesuit blood courses through his veins!
This file is a sequel to
POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI BREAKS HIS SILENCE FOR A FOURTH TIME
17 MARCH 2016
THE FIRST TIME POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI BROKE HIS SILENCE:
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI broke his retirement silence of 18 months by speaking on “relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith”” in connection with interreligious dialogue.
1. Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission
By Francis X. Rocca, Vatican City, October 23, 2014
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.”
He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church’s size but to share the joy of knowing Christ.
The retired pope’s words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope Benedict, read the 1,800-word message aloud Oct. 21, at a ceremony dedicating the university’s renovated main lecture hall to the retired pope.
The speech is one of a handful of public statements, including an interview and a published letter to a journalist, that Pope Benedict has made since he retired in February 2013.
“The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, to take his word to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all people,” retired Pope Benedict wrote. “‘But does that still apply?’ many inside and outside the church ask themselves today. ‘Is mission still something for today?
“Would it not be more appropriate to meet in dialogue among religions and serve together the cause of world peace?’ The counter-question is: ‘Can dialogue substitute for mission?’ In fact, many today think religions should respect each other and, in their dialogue, become a common force for peace. According to this way of thinking, it is usually taken for granted that different religions are variants of one and the same reality,” the retired pope wrote.
“The question of truth, that which originally motivated Christians more than any other, is here put inside parentheses. It is assumed that the authentic truth about God is in the last analysis unreachable and that at best one can represent the ineffable with a variety of symbols. This renunciation of truth seems realistic and useful for peace among religions in the world. It is nevertheless lethal to faith. In fact, faith loses its binding character and its seriousness, everything is reduced to interchangeable symbols, capable of referring only distantly to the inaccessible mystery of the divine,” he wrote.
Pope Benedict wrote that some religions, particularly “tribal religions,” are “waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ,” but that this “encounter is always reciprocal. Christ is waiting for their history, their wisdom, their vision of the things.” This encounter can also give new life to Christianity, which has grown tired in its historical heartlands, he wrote.
“We proclaim Jesus Christ not to procure as many members as possible for our community, and still less in order to gain power,” the retired pope wrote. “We speak of him because we feel the duty to transmit that joy which has been given to us.”
2 of 6 readers’ comments
1. At last a condemnation of “dialogue”.
“Go forth & teach all nations” Christ said. He didn’t say “go forth & dialogue”.
I have long held that ecumenism & dialogue are useless.
One can’t come to a consensus on Truth. Truth stands alone.
“Will you also leave me?” Our Lord said. He didn’t concur with error.
2. Too little too late, Emeritus Holy Father. You should have never retired in the first place. You will always be loved. –Fr. James
2. Benedict XVI sent text of talk to University: relativistic dialogue and “lethal ideas”
Posted on 24 October 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
(with, in black and red, Fr. Z’s comments and emphases) Green, here, is mine -Michael
Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission
VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church’s size but to share the joy of knowing Christ.
The retired pope’s words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University, [Urbaniana] which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope Benedict, read the 1,800-word message aloud Oct. 21, at a ceremony dedicating the university’s renovated main lecture hall to the retired pope.
The speech is one of a handful of public statements, including an interview and a published letter to a journalist, that Pope Benedict has made since he retired in February 2013.
“The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, to take his word to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all people,” retired Pope Benedict wrote. [Watch this…] “‘But does that still apply?’ many inside and outside the church ask themselves today. [Classic Ratzinger. He brings up a theme and then asks a question.] ‘Is mission still something for today? Would it not be more appropriate to meet in dialogue among religions and serve together the cause of world peace?’
The counter-question is: ‘Can dialogue substitute for mission?’ [No!]
“In fact, many today think religions should respect each other and, in their dialogue, become a common force for peace. According to this way of thinking, it is usually taken for granted that different religions are variants of one and the same reality,” the retired pope wrote. [Do I hear an “Amen!”] “The question of truth, that which originally motivated Christians more than any other, is here put inside parentheses. It is assumed that the authentic truth about God is in the last analysis unreachable and that at best one can represent the ineffable with a variety of symbols. This renunciation of truth seems [“seems”] realistic and useful for peace among religions in the world.
“It is nevertheless lethal to faith. [How I have missed you.] In fact, faith loses its binding character and its seriousness, everything is reduced to interchangeable symbols, capable of referring only distantly to the inaccessible mystery of the divine,” he wrote.
Pope Benedict wrote that some religions, particularly “tribal religions,” are “waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ,” but that this “encounter is always reciprocal. Christ is waiting for their history, their wisdom, their vision of the things.“[Inculturation takes place at this intersection of Christ and cultures.] This encounter can also give new life to Christianity, which has grown tired in its historical heartlands, he wrote. [He has a special preoccupation about Europe.]
“We proclaim Jesus Christ not to procure as many members as possible for our community, and still less in order to gain power,” the retired pope wrote. “We speak of him because we feel the duty to transmit that joy which has been given to us.” [He has a book entitled “Minister of Your Joy” about priestly formation and spirituality. It is also, perhaps, a nod to… someone else who – contrary to some – didn’t invent joy.]
I wonder if, in this age, the communication of our joy will take care of the numbers questions. I have always been of the mind that, as a priest, it is part of my job to keep as many people out of Hell as possible (get as many to Heaven as possible). How to do this?
There are a few things that don’t help very much, including the communication of joy’s opposite. Yes, there are times that we have to blend in even the stern, even the unsettling message of the Four Last Things*.
But we must never stint on the Heaven part of the Four Last Things even as we do not avoid the other three. Even preaching the Four Last Things also includes the expression of joy. *Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell
I have lots of other ideas stemming from this brief account of his talk.
In the meantime, I may just review the Regensburg Address.
It has been a while since I have written this: Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.
4 of 34 readers’ responses
1. I miss the great clarity of Pope Emeritus Benedict. I would not doubt if one day he is declared a doctor of the Church.
Wow. No way to misinterpret what +Benedict is saying. Makes me realize how much I miss clarity and plain, un-nuanced statements.
3. I understand if this comment comes across as too harsh. It’s more about public perception than the men themselves.
Benedict XVI submitted himself fully to the teachings of the faith, defended it vigorously, has written 66 books promulgating the faith, chose for himself a simple and restrained Papal name, advanced the restoration of the Usus Antiquior, brought in Anglicans with a liturgy that hearkens more to the Usus Antiquior than the Novus Ordo, worked to restore dignity to the Novus Ordo with his suggested arrangement of the altar, and honored several of the traditions associated with the office of the Papacy. He was constantly criticized in the press for being hard-nosed, arrogant, and uncharitable.
Francis was the first to the name Francis, overturns papal traditions in the name of humility, has acted at times against the Usus Antiquior, expressed at times lukewarm comments about the Anglican Ordinariate, and shown himself to be a bit squishy and exploitable by others on the church’s social teachings. He’s considered humble.
Why is someone who serves the faith, defends it, and advances it considered arrogant and hard-nosed? Why is someone who upturns traditions (which makes the conversation about the individual, rather than the traditions for the office), who is repeatedly critical of those trying to uphold the faith once handed down, and who constantly lets his words be exploited by others to the detriment of Catholic social teaching considered to be humble and charitable? I begin to think the press doesn’t know the difference between modesty and humility.
A typically clear and profound observation from Benedict XVI.
3. Pope Emeritus Breaks Silence to Support Truth over Dialogue
October 28, 2014
Simply agreeing, even if to promote peace, is dangerous to the Faith
When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February of 2013, he said he would continue to serve the church “through a life dedicated to prayer.” He has made few public appearances since he left office, and has said and written even less.
His relative silence was broken Oct. 21, when his longtime secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, read a1,800-word speech written by Benedict on the occasion of the dedication of the Aula Magna at the Pontifical Urbaniana University to the Pope Emeritus. The university belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. It dedicated the hall as a “gesture of gratitude” for what Benedict “has done for the Church as a conciliar expert, with his teaching as professor, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and, finally, the Magisterium.”
In the speech, the Pope emeritus said that dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the Church’s size but to share the joy of knowing Christ.
“The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, to take his word to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all people,” retired Pope Benedict wrote. “‘But does that still apply?’ many inside and outside the Church ask themselves today. ‘Is mission still something for today? Would it not be more appropriate to meet in dialogue among religions and serve together the cause of world peace?’ The counter-question is: ‘Can dialogue substitute for mission?'” “In fact, many today think religions should respect each other and, in their dialogue, become a common force for peace. According to this way of thinking, it is usually taken for granted that different religions are variants of one and the same reality,” the retired Pope wrote. “The question of truth, that which originally motivated Christians more than any other, is here put inside parentheses. It is assumed that the authentic truth about God is in the last analysis unreachable and that at best one can represent the ineffable with a variety of symbols. This renunciation of truth seems realistic and useful for peace among religions in the world.”
“It is nevertheless lethal to faith. In fact, faith loses its binding character and its seriousness, everything is reduced to interchangeable symbols, capable of referring only distantly to the inaccessible mystery of the divine,” he wrote.
Pope Benedict wrote that some religions, particularly “tribal religions,” are “waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ,” but that this “encounter is always reciprocal. Christ is waiting for their history, their wisdom, their vision of the things.”
This encounter can also give new life to Christianity, which has grown tired in its historical heartlands, he wrote.
“We proclaim Jesus Christ not to procure as many members as possible for our community, and still less in order to gain power,” the retired Pope wrote. “We speak of him because we feel the duty to transmit that joy which has been given to us.”
1 out of 18 readers’ comments
The phrase ‘false irenicism’ comes to mind. It’s the idea those who promote ‘the Spirit of Vatican II’, have conveniently overlooked?
THE SECOND TIME POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI BROKE HIS SILENCE:
Revelation: Pope Benedict wrote 4-page critique of Pope Francis’ Jesuit magazine interview
By John-Henry Westen, Vatican City, March 18, 2014
Speaking on German television station ZDF last week, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, secretary to both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, revealed that the former pope had penned a four-page critique of Pope Francis’ controversial interview with the Jesuit magazine, at Pope Francis’ personal request.
Gänswein told ZDF (the relevant section begins at 7 minutes) that he was sent on an errand by Pope Francis, to give a copy of the interview with the Jesuit magazine to Pope Benedict along with a blank sheet of paper on which Benedict was to give a critique. Three days later, recounted the archbishop, Pope Benedict had completed his ‘homework’ and handed in a four-page critique, the contents of which Gänswein would not reveal other than to say it was interesting.
In the wide-ranging, 10,000-word interview, Pope Francis had addressed a wide variety of topics related to his pontificate and personal background and beliefs. However, the lines that attracted the most attention, in both the secular and Catholic press, had to do with the Church’s approach to handling some of the “hot button” moral issues of the day.
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” the pope had said, adding: “This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context.
“The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church,” the pope had said, “but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
These lines were widely interpreted in the mainstream press as a call by the pope for the Catholic Church to downplay its stances on issues like same-sex “marriage” and abortion.
At the same time, some pro-life leaders also expressed similar misgivings, saying that the pope may unwittingly have given fodder to segments of the Church, and the broader culture, that would be more than happy to see the Church stop talking about key moral issues like abortion, same-sex “marriage” and contraception.
They were joined in some of their concerns by some bishops and cardinals, including Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke, who, during an appearance on EWTN, was asked about priests who defended their decision to speak less about abortion and gay “marriage” by citing the pope’s admonition to speak about essentials.
Cardinal Burke replied, “What could be more essential than the natural moral law? … We can never talk enough about that as long as in our society innocent and defenseless human life is being attacked in the most savage way.”
Responding to the Pope’s interview, California Bishop Robert Vasa said, “Is there a need for teaching about those things? Absolutely. Are there some folks who overstep the boundary and say, ‘OK we’re preaching about this every single Sunday?’ Well, there may be. But there’s a vast majority of people who never talk about it.”
Pope Francis’ request for feedback on his interview from Pope Emeritus Benedict is not the first time that the pontiff has expressed a frank openness to receiving critiques of his words and actions. In November he publicly thanked two conservative critics in Italy whose public articles criticizing Pope Francis’ interviews were seen by many as harsh.
When he learned one of the authors was dying, Pope Francis called him to let him know that he understood that the criticisms had been made with love, and how important it had been for him to receive them.
THE THIRD TIME POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI BROKE HIS SILENCE:
Pope Benedict’s private secretary speaks on Synod, divorce, same-sex relations
By John-Henry Westen, October 14, 2014
Pope Benedict’s private secretary has given a surprise interview on some of the hot-button issues at the Vatican’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, advancing views aligned with those expressed by Pope Benedict during his time as cardinal and pope.
In the interview published in the print edition of Chi magazine last week, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said, “The Church has always declared, based on the Scriptures and tradition, that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” The acts, he said, “are contrary to natural law, because they prevent the gift of life, the purpose of the sexual act.”
Gänswein went on to acknowledge that for people experiencing same-sex attraction the inclination can be a trial. “These people,” he said, “are called to live the will of God in their life and if they are Christians, to unite their sacrifice to the cross of the Lord, with the difficulties they meet because of their condition.”
The remarks echo the language of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was published in 1992, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger headed the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). They also bear marked similarity to the language of the 1986 Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, published by the CDF and signed by Cardinal Ratzinger.
“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,'” says the Catechism. “They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life.”
In the 1986 letter on the pastoral care of homosexuals, Cardinal Ratzinger had written, “What, then, are homosexual persons to do who seek to follow the Lord? Fundamentally, they are called to enact the will of God in their life by joining whatever sufferings and difficulties they experience in virtue of their condition to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross.”
While Archbishop Gänswein did not directly address Cardinal Walter Kasper’s much-discussed proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion in some circumstances, he left a clear impression that he opposed it. Even if a married couple separates, he said, “Starting a new union contradicts what the Lord has indicated.”
When asked directly if Catholics who have been divorced and subsequently entered a second marriage should be permitted to receive Holy Communion, Archbishop Ganswein said, “This is a very delicate question. According to Catholic doctrine, the sacrament of marriage is indissoluble, just like God’s love for man.”
“The Church doesn’t close Her eyes to the difficulties of the Faithful who live in delicate and thorny situations,” Ganswein added. “Nevertheless, the Church must offer sincere answers which directs, not towards the spirit of the times, but to the Gospel, to the word of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.
“The evangelical message takes much effort but it is worthwhile to live it,” he said. “God welcomes, forgives, this is true, but it is also true He asks for conversion.”
Vatican watchers told LifeSiteNews this would not be the first time that Pope Emeritus Benedict’s private secretary has hinted at Benedict’s own thoughts. Most notably, in an interview on German television in March of this year, Archbishop Ganswein revealed that Pope Benedict had written a 4-page critique of Pope Francis’ controversial interview with a Jesuit magazine wherein the pope had said the Church, “cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.”
The release of the interview with Archbishop Georg Gänswein came on the heels of the surprise publication of an interview with Pope Francis, which was unknown to the Vatican press office prior to its release, by the Argentine newspaper La Nacion on the opening day of the Synod.
In the interview, published October 5, Pope Francis was asked about the cardinals who have criticized Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to allow Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics. In response, he indicated that he is not in agreement with the “very conservative” bishops, but said he still enjoys “debating” them as long as they are “intellectually well-formed.”
The pope also said that the Church must not “stigmatize” and “impugn” those who are living together in what the Church calls “irregular” situations outside of marriage.
“We have to approach social conflicts, new and old, and try to give a hand of comfort, not to stigmatize and not to just impugn,” Pope Francis said.
“So many young people prefer to live together without marrying,” he added. “What should the Church do? Expel them from its breast? Or, instead, approach them, embrace them and try to bring them the word of God? I’m with the latter position.”
THE FOURTH TIME POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI BROKE HIS SILENCE:
POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI BREAKS HIS SILENCE FOR A FOURTH TIME
The tumult around two Francis-related issues — Amoris Laetitia and the Dubia of the four Cardinals — simply refuses to die down even after months stretching into years, and is in the news every other day. While updating the files on AL and the Dubia, this breaking news has slid in today. On making a few calls, I found that, in a matter of hours, it is already fairly common knowledge via Facebook, etc.
THE FIFTH TIME POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI BROKE HIS SILENCE:
Pope Benedict XVI says Church is ‘on the verge of capsizing’
By Claire Chretien, July 15, 2017
Pope Benedict XVI sent a sobering message at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner today, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal’s ability to “live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”
The Church “stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination,” Pope Benedict said in a message read by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, his personal secretary and head of the papal household. Because of this “pressing need,” Meisner “found it difficult to leave his post.”
“What moved me all the more was that, in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing,” the pope emeritus concluded.
Meisner, who was 83, was one of the four cardinals who sent Pope Francis a dubia asking if Amoris Laetitia is aligned with Catholic morality. He died still awaiting the pope’s response. Although Pope Francis hasn’t answered the dubia, he has given his approval to interpretations of the controversial exhortation that say those living in adulterous unions may receive Holy Communion.
Canon lawyer Kurt Martens said Pope Benedict’s message was an “amazing yet diplomatic form of support for [the] dubia Cardinals.”
In June 2017, Pope Benedict met new cardinals alongside Pope Francis. He had a brief message for them: “The Lord wins in the end.”
Meisner died holding his breviary, about to offer Mass.
One has to read between the lines… As Raymond Arroyo commented (above), Pope Benedict XVI’s words are “loaded with meaning”.
As we go to press, readers have left 52 comments (and there will surely be many more).
Some of them:
1. Satan is in the Vatican and is roaring as loud as can be with this Pope. He is allowing adulterers to receive the precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus and also allowing practicing homosexuals to receive also what an abomination. The purification of the Catholic Church is at hand as much persecution is at the doorstep now. Pray, pray, pray for the graces to bear what is coming.
2. There is a need for Francis and his friends to step down.
3. I agree with you.
4. “Who I am to Judge” – Pope Francis.
Yet he is pretty clear on judging everyone that doesn’t agree with his left-wing neo-commie political agenda! Booo Pope!!
5. He’s the Anti-Pope. Pope Benedict is still the Pope.
7. What a shame and scandal that the pope refuses to answer the dubia but he is all about pastoral care, dialogue and building bridges. Pope Benedict XVI should still be the pope.
8. It has always been my supposition that should a schism take place, the faithful would always follow the Pope and turn away from the schismatics. I’m now wondering what we should do when the Pope is leading the Church very close to heresy with his current teachings. I am guessing that “staying with the Pope” may be unwise. Prayer and the Sacraments are now more important than ever. I hope that the faithful won’t have to make decisions on this debacle any time soon.
9. Jorge Bergoglio is not pope and he is not Catholic. Those who wish to remain Catholic must reject his evil leadership.
10. There are those who feel the Church will once again go underground – this is where we will find the true mass and sacrifice. This is part of the persecution we can expect. Whatever, wherever Pope Francis is we shouldn’t be unfortunately. It is likely he will be heading up the new world one religion church…
11. The ‘splitting’ of the Church is the responsibility of the Pope and his minions, not of the faithful. It’s THEM who will have left the Church, not the other way around. St. Athanasius to his flock during the Arian Crisis: “They may have the buildings, but WE have the true faith.”
12. From the mouth of a prophet of God who was driven out of the Vatican by all the modernists, masons, atheists, etc., etc. He was and still is a wonderful Pope.
13. “‘What moved me all the more was that, in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing,’ the pope emeritus concluded.”
When I read these lines, I must wonder if Benedict is also applying them to himself: Benedict too, like Cardinal Meisner, is “in this last period of his life”, and he too, like Meisner, may have “learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.” This would seem to be consistent with Benedict’s recent comment to the newly-created Cardinals: “The Lord wins in the end.”
14. This pope is an evil apostate. He is not Catholic and not even a Christian, most likely. He is a Marxist politician, possibly a Communist. We must reject him and all he teaches, it is error. We do not need to wait for Cardinals to tell us this is so, we can use the spiritual discernment we were all given to know. Do not listen to these men, do not follow them. … Pray the rosary, pray much. These are evil times, but God will help us at some point. Buckle up. It’s going to get bumpy.
15. I’m very grateful that pope Benedict spoke the words he did. The letter told us good things about Cardinal Meisner, gave warning about the current evil and what it’s doing to the Church, and a few words of hope for the faithful. Thanks Pope Benedict.
16. Papa Benedict should never have resigned and left us to this chaos.
17. What we are witnessing in the Roman Catholic Church it’s a fulfillment of the Prophecies of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Akita. Our Lady of La Salette also warned that Time would lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist we do know that good will triumph over evil. We also know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary will Triumph and Usher in era of peace. However, before this occurs we do know that many nations would be annihilated and that 3/4 of humanity will be destroyed in the process. Many people will die but how many Souls will be saved and go to heaven. We need to receive Holy Communion, pray the rosary and stay in the state of grace if we are to survive this tumultuous storm.
18. Will schism be declared or will we all go along continuing to pretend?
19. Pope Benedict is absolutely right. I am 100 % Roman Catholic and Pope Francis scares me when it comes to Doctrine of the Church.
Pope Benedict: A ‘capsizing’ church needs courageous bishops
July 18, 2017
Pope Emeritus Benedict’s remarks presented at Cardinal Joachim Meisner’s funeral last week continue to reverberate around the world as their broader meaning slowly sinks in.
The Church is on the verge of capsizing.
Benedict spoke of Cardinal Meisner’s passing, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal’s ability to “live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”
Benedict’s powerful statement has sent a shiver down the spine of many, painting a vivid picture of the current precarious reality of the universal — Catholic — Church.
That picture, while very troubling, is also perhaps a masterwork of writing, speaking volumes while economizing on words. On one level, he was simply memorializing his friend.
But at the same time, Benedict delivered an important message to the world.
The Pope Emeritus prefaced his warning, saying, “The Church stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination.”
More than just a warning about pending shipwreck, Benedict’s funeral message is an impassioned plea to all his brother bishops throughout the world to measure up to the task to which they have been called; to courageously resist relativism, i.e., “the dictatorship of the spirit of the age.”
The unanswered dubia allows relativism to take hold, metastasize
Amoris Laetitia has thrown wide open the door to relativism in the church, where more than one theologian has asked, “If the papal teaching is clear, how can it mean one thing in Poland and another in Germany? If the final answer to that vexed question is No in Philadelphia and Portland, how can it be Yes in Chicago and San Diego? If some bishops are interpreting the papal document incorrectly, why have they not been corrected?”
A clear and present danger: confusion
This is not a theoretical danger to be played out in the halls of academia. It is a very clear and present war being waged here and now in our own backyards as relativism takes root and metastasizes in the Catholic Church in America.
Pro-gay Bishop Patrick McGrath
recently issued a terse letter to the priests and other religious of his diocese, asserting his own interpretation of the Church’s magisterial teaching because orthodoxy is “confusing.”
McGrath was responding to
Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki
who, following Catholic teaching, said those in same-sex “marriages” shouldn’t present themselves to or be admitted to Holy Communion, nor should they receive a Catholic funeral if they died without showing signs of repentance.
McGrath’s averred, “Recent news reports of policies and practices related to members of the LGBT community in other dioceses can be confusing.” He continued, “I take this opportunity to assure you that the pastoral response in the Diocese of San Jose remains just that: compassionate and pastoral. We will not refuse sacraments or Christian burial to anyone who requests them in good faith,” he added.
McGrath went on to justify admitting “anyone” to Holy Communion by quoting Pope Francis.
If prelates are confused, unable to steer the church through troubled waters, forgetting where she came from, what she stands for and where she’s going, how can she avoid the shipwreck Benedict warns against?
Orthodox, magisterial teaching is most certainly not confusing, but confused bishops who reject known truth most certainly are confusing.
Other recent problematic bishop appointments to whom Benedict’s words apply:
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, appointed by Pope Francis to helm both the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, has invited at least one pro-abortion ‘ethicist’ to serve, ironically, in the Academy for Life. He also once commissioned a homosexual artist to paint a homoerotic mural in his former cathedral church. The mural includes an image of the archbishop himself clasped to a semi-naked man.
Cardinal Kevin Farrell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, called on his city’s priests to embrace “LGBT families.”
Francis-appointed Cardinal Joseph Tobin personally welcomed active homosexuals to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as part of a so-called “LGBT Pilgrimage” in May.
The Diocese of San Diego, under Bishop Robert McElroy, recently announced that Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, had been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop. Fr. Dolan had previously gone on record suggesting there is no problem with homosexual “marriage” within the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis’ Vatican recently named Fr. James Martin, a fellow Jesuit, as a communications consultant to the Holy See’s Secretariat for Communications. Father Martin is a prolific public supporter of LGBT issues who is very vocal on social media and in other media outlets. He has said some saints in heaven may be gay.
Untruths and half-truths, i.e., lies, confusion and sin are being allowed to easily infiltrate and take up residence in the Church.
Benedict’s words reverberate
Benedict’s voice is familiar, recognizable in the voices of other stalwart protectors of the faith:
Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, issued a strong rebuke to his fellow clerics last month in his foreword to a new book, calling attention to the fact that the Church teaches ” … things in the Catechism about homosexuality that some members of the clergy choose not to quote, including the clear warning: ‘under no circumstances can [homosexual acts] be approved’ (CCC 2357). The respect and sensitivity to which the Catechism rightly calls us does not give us permission to deprive men and women who experience SSA (same-sex attraction) of the fullness of the Gospel. To omit the ‘hard sayings’ of Christ and his Church is not charity.”
Archbishop Chaput: silent apostasy of priests
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
has urged his fellow bishops to embrace Catholic identity in the face of “secular meltdown.”
“During his years as bishop of Rome, Benedict XVI had the talent of being very frank about naming sin and calling people back to fidelity,” said Chaput. “He spoke several times about the ‘silent apostasy’ of so many Catholic lay people today and even many priests.”
“Apostasy is an interesting word. It comes from the Greek verb apostanai — which means to revolt or desert; literally ‘to stand away from.’ For Benedict, laypeople and priests don’t need to publicly renounce their baptism to be apostates. They simply need to be silent when their Catholic faith demands that they speak out; to be cowards when Jesus asks them to have courage; to ‘stand away’ from the truth when they need to work for it and fight for it.”
Yet this “silent apostasy,” this relativism, is exactly what Pope Benedict is addressing when he calls upon his brother bishops to “resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age” and to “live and think the faith with determination.”
Cardinal Caffarra: Confusion is most tangible among bishops
Regarding the creeping relativism in the Church, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, another of the dubia signers, said it would be equivalent to a “suicidal act” and “cutting the ground from under his feet” if the pope were to teach that conscience is the ultimate guide in moral matters, trumping even Catholic teaching as well as Divine Revelation.
He noted how the confusion is most tangible among bishops. Some, following traditional Catholic teaching, have interpreted Amoris Laetitia as precluding adulterers from receiving Communion. Others such as San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy and the bishops of Malta have done the opposite.
“These are most serious questions for the life of the Church and for the eternal salvation of the faithful. Never forget, this is the supreme law of the Church: the eternal salvation of the faithful, not other concerns. Jesus founded His Church so that the faithful would have eternal life and have it in abundance,” he said.
Cardinal Burke: ‘Everything is not fine’
In a recent interview with The Remnant, Cardinal Burke
that not raising concerns about Amoris Laetitia would lead Catholics to believe that everything is OK in the Church when it certainly is not.
“If we were to remain silent, it would most definitely give the idea to the faithful that everything is fine. But everything is not fine.”
And this is precisely why Pope Benedict took the opportunity to issue thinly-veiled warning and plea.
One commentator has referred to Benedict’s memorial message concerning the death of Cardinal Meisner as “a cleverly delivered critique of Captain Bergoglio.” He went on to say that Benedict’s words are an “indictment of Dictator Bergoglio.”
As we go to press, readers have left 33 comments (and there will surely be many more).
Some of them:
1. Thanks for this deep exploration of a few words, which were surely very carefully and deliberately chosen by Benedict.
2. Words that Benedict, while Cardinal Ratzinger, during the pontificate of John Paul II, deliberately chose in 2005 for his Good Friday (1 week before the death of John Paul II) way of the cross. In it, Cardinal Ratzinger prays “Lord, your Church often seems like a boat about to sink, a boat taking in water on every side.” http://www.vatican.va/news_…
3. An article published today by ‘The Australian’ has a rather interesting commentary on the subject at hand.
Google: Pro-migrant Pope ‘destroying Christianity’.
4. I hope we bring the Saint Michael prayer after holy Mass. IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE GOTTEN RID OF. Sad to realize all this confusion started after Vatican ll.
5. Pope Benedict: A ‘capsizing’ church needs courageous bishops. It also need a new captain.
6. Or the old Captain to come out of retirement…
7. I’m inclined to believe that we still have a Pope in the Pope Emeritus and that Francis has disqualified or at least demoted himself. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit that in grand humor inspired Francis to assign to Benedict the title Pope Emeritus–or Pope with dignity–contrast to the Pope of confusion–Pope Confusitus. .
8. To refer to the errant bishops as “confused” is to be kind. From my vantage point they are intentionally trying to undermine Church teaching, water down the faith and diminish belief in The Real Presence. They are not merely confused.
9. Dear LifeSiteNews and readers, if you haven’t already read the comments by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, here are a few he made this week.
“Responding to interpretations of a recent reference by emeritus Pope Benedict XVI to the Church being near “capsizing,” the retired pontiff’s closest aid on Tuesday said it’s a “FANTASY” to set him up against Pope Francis.
“They’re trying to use the pope emeritus in an anti-Francis tone,” said German Archbishop Georg Gänswein, speaking to the Italian daily Il Giornale. “Stupid people,” Gänswein said. “The emeritus pope was DELIBERATELY EXPLOITED, he wasn’t alluding to anything specific with that phrase, but talking about the situation of the Church of today and that of the past as a boat that doesn’t sail in calm waters.
“Benedict used the image in his 2005 Good Friday Way of the Cross meditations, which he wrote when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “Lord, your Church often seems like a boat about to sink, a boat taking in water on every side.”
Was Cardinal Ratzinger criticizing that the papacy of Pope Saint John Paul II when he made this EXACT statement in 2005?
Cardinal Ratzinger’s Good Friday Way of the Cross
The article is in Italian but you can use a translator
10. Sorry, but I would not trust information about this from the Vatican. I will believe that Benedict’s words were misconstrued if he issues a statement to a reliable source. No one else’s opinion, especially in a in a pro-Francis newspaper, carries any weight.
11. I notice that Archbishop Georg Gänswein is a German bishop. As we know, the German bishops have pushed for and are teaching acceptance of homosexual relationships, people living in adultery, transsexuals, etc and Holy Communion for all. So Archbishop Gänswein’s critic of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s remarks doesn’t hold much water with me. Naturally, Gänswein would try to make Benedict seem nuts and exploited….Benedict is awfully old, of course, probably doesn’t really know what he’s saying. Gänswein needs to discredit Benedict in order to keep the German bishops erroneous teachings and agenda gaining ground. Please, Benedict, keep talking and praying for our Church. We need you!
12. Courage is something sorely lacking in the Church’s officialdom. The laity must step into the breach.
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