A surprising post from VULTUS CHRISTI yesterday asking if Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s inclusion to the Synod opening today in Rome might not be a welcome idea.
I no longer carry the power of the office for the government of the Church, but in the service of prayer I remain, so to speak, within Saint Peter’s bounds. Saint Benedict, whose name I bear as Pope, will be for me a great example in this. He showed us the way to a life which, active or passive, belongs wholly to the work of God. (General Audience on 27 February 2013)
I leave my cloister only in particular cases, [when] personally invited by the Pope. (Message to Summorum Pontificum Pilgrims, 10 October 2014)
One wonders if the voice that needs to be heard in the forthcoming Synod is not that of the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Who better than he, the Church’s wise and silent Elder, with his unique gift for a theological discourse that is luminous and precise, would be able to articulate the splendour of the truth reasonably, clearly, and serenely ? Should not — could not — Pope Benedict be called out of his cloister into the Synod to utter a word out of silence for the good of the Church? His would be the authority, not only of the finest theological mind in the Church today, but also of the man of prayer, of the monk who, “separated from all and united to all”, listens to God.
Of course, that backstabbing low down no good Godfried Consigliere Danneels and his Mafia button men buddies will go to the mattresses to keep him out and to silence him.
I was just reading some of Pope Benedict’s lucid, elegant theology the other day, and thought just how much I missed his clear presentation of Catholic teaching. His presence at the Synod really would be a blessing – even if it were just to give the orthodox a figure to rally around and boost their hopes. However, I’m not sure whether it would be a good idea in the long run – it might bring up all those ‘did he ever stop being pope’ questions, and make the rumour mill turn with talk of there being argument about who is really in charge, etc – i.e., his presence, as welcome as it might be in ordinary terms, may cause more division than there is already (which is the last thing he would want).
Oh, why did he leave us? (sob) Why did he abandon us to face up to the “wolves” alone (or as good as “alone”) when his mind and health are still in such fine condition? If he had stuck in there on the Chair of Peter, “al pie del cañon” (at the foot of the cannon) as they say in Spanish, valiantly fighting the enemies of the Faith, come what may, we would not be in the fine pickle we are right now.
Now we have Pope Francis – result of a unarguably rigged conclave – and so all those good orthodox bishops at the Synod will have to battle long and hard against the many unorthodox ones whom Francis has invited to spew out their heretical propositions attacking Church dogmas and teachings.
All we can do is pray, and pray hard we must so that God’s Divine Truth will prevail.
A friend wrote, “Pope Emeritus Benedict at the Synod? You gotta be kidding. Prelates like Baldisseri, Forte, Kaspar, Daneels, Dew, Wuerl, Pope Francis himself, and many others will fight to the death to keep him OUT. Now that these guys are finally, after years of work, on the verge of having the Church tolerate – if not actually approve of – adulterous and sodomite relationships, they will NEVER, not in a million years, include Benedict in the Synod. Dream on, kiddo.”
Kathleen asks why Benedict left us. My reasonable (unprovable) guess is that Danneels’s little Mafia coven wore him out with a covert ‘work to rule’ campaign:
Everything he tried to accomplish (and did) was in spite of Danneels’s curial co-conspirators; but in the end his health was very compromised according to my understanding, but I could be wrong (© Plain Old Toad).
“All we can do is pray, and pray hard we must so that God’s Divine Truth will prevail.”
You mean if we don’t, it won’t? I think not.
Be of good cheer, Kathleen! God knows exactly what’s going on (that’s His job) and will deal with it all – in His inimitable fashion.
The prayers recommended in Michael’s last link should be on our lips daily these next three weeks, but there is nothing wrong with our prayers being accompanied by a curse on betrayers of the Gospel (Romans 11:9-10; 1 Corinthians 16:22; Galatians 1:6-8) This one by Archbishop Gavin Dunbar of Glasgow against the Border Reivers in October of 1525 is an apt one to remember this October:
“I DENOUNCE, PROCLAIM AND DECLARE all and sundry the committers of said murders, slaughters, burnings, robberies, thefts and spoilings, together with their partakers, assisters, suppliers, and all counsellors and defenders of their evil deeds generally cursed, aggravated, and re-aggravated WITH THIS GREAT CURSING:
I CURSE their head and all the hairs of their head; I CURSE their face, their eyes, their mouth, their nose, their tongue, their teeth, their skull, their shoulders, their breast, their heart, their stomach, their back, their arms, their legs, their hands, their feet, and every part of their body, from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind, within and without. I CURSE them going, and I CURSE them riding; I CURSE them standing, and I CURSE them sitting; I CURSE them eating, I CURSE them drinking; I CURSE them walking; I CURSE them sleeping; I CURSE them rising; I CURSE them lying; I CURSE them at home; I CURSE them from home; I CURSE them within the house; I CURSE them without the house; I CURSE their servants and all who participate with them in their deeds.
I WORRY their corn, their cattle, their wool, their sheep, their horse, their swine, their geese, their hens, and all their live goods. I WORRY their houses, their rooms, their kitchens, their stables, their barns, their byres, their barnyards, their cabbage patches, their ploughs, their harrows and the possessions and houses that are necessary for their sustenance and welfare. ALL THE BAD WISHES AND CURSES that ever got worldly creatures since the beginning of the world to this hour might light upon them. THE MALEDICTION of God, that lighted upon Lucifer and all his fellows, that struck them from the high heaven to the deep hell, might light upon them.
THE FIRE AND SWORD that stopped Adam from the gates of Paradise might stop them from the glory of Heaven, until they forbear and make amends. THE BAD WISHES that lighted on cursed Cain when he slew his brother Abel might light on them. THE MALEDICTION that lighted upon all the world, man and beast, and all that ever took life, when all were drowned by the flood of Noah, except Noah and his ark, might light upon them and drown them, man and beast, and make this realm free of them for their wicked sins.
THE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING that set down as rain upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, with all the lands about, and burnt them for their vile sins, might rain upon them, and burn them. All the plagues that fell upon Pharaoh and his people of Egypt, their lands, corn and cattle, might fall upon them, their leases, rooms and buildings. THAT THEY MIGHT DROWN as the Red Sea drowned King Pharaoh and his people of Egypt, pursuing Gods people of Israel. That the earth might open, split, cleave and swallow them alive to hell. That the wild fire might suddenly burn and consume them for disobeying the commands of God and Holy Church.”
But where’s the curse about may a horrid toad alight upon their blog? Now that would be cataclysmic.
I think that needs to be put in.
Lucky Gavin missed CURSING the dogs.
But that’s Toad’s job.
“I CURSE them drinking;”
That’s going a bit far.
Can’t a fellow have a gin and tonic any more?