First Responses to the Correctio Filialis… a Laudatio from the German bishops!

Roberto de Mattei: ‘The Correctio filialis and the Laudatio of Pope Francis’

St Paul correcting St Peter – Guido Reni

After three weeks the first organized response to the Correctio filialis has appeared: a Laudatio published on the web, signed by a group of priests and intellectuals prevalently from the Austrian-German domain. (http://www.pro-pope-francis.com/).

Who are the signatories of the Laudatio? One of them, the German Monsignor Fritz Lobinger, Bishop emeritus of Aliwal (South Africa), is the “father” of the expression “community priesthood” which he explained in the book Team of Elders. Moving beyond Viri probati (2007), wherein he hopes for an introduction in the Church of two types of priests, diocesan priests and those of the community; the former full-time celibates and the latter, married with a family, at the disposition of the community where they live and work.

Another signatory, Father Paul Zulehner, a disciple of Karl Rahner, is known in turn for his fanciful “pastoral futurology” (Pastorale Futurologie, 1990). In 2011, he supported the “appeal to disobedience” launched by 329 Austrian priests, favouring married priests, priestly ordination for women, the right for Protestants and the divorced and remarried to receive Communion and for the laity to preach and lead parishes.

Matin Lintner, is a Servite religious from Bolzano, teacher at Bressanone and President of Insect (International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology). He is famous for his book The Rediscovery of Eros. The Church, Sexuality and Human Relations (2015), in which he is open to homosexuality, pre-matrimonial relations, and his enthusiastic response to Amoris Laetitia, which, in his opinion is “a point of no return” in the Church. In fact, “we can no longer say that today there is a categorical exclusion from receiving the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation for those in a new union, who don’t abstain from sexual relations. Of this there is no doubt, on the basis of the text of A.L. itself” (www.settimananews.it, December 5th 2016).

It is clear at this point that the deep division running through the Church is not between the detractors and fans of Pope Francis. The breaking line runs between those who are faithful to the immutable Teaching of Popes and those who are complaining to Pope Bergoglio for pursuing the “dream” of a new church, different from the One founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

You don’t need to be a historian to understand that we are experiencing a completely new phase in the life of the Church. We are not at the end of the world, but with regard to our age, we can apply the words of Our Lord, when He spoke of His return at the end of time, saying with sadness: “But yet the Son of Man when He cometh, shall He find, think you, faith on earth?” (Luke 18, 8).

The loss of faith, even on the part of men of the Church, is now quite evident. On January 27th 2012, addressing the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed: “We are faced with a deep crisis of faith; a loss of the religious sense which constitutes the greatest challenge for the Church today. The renewal of the faith must therefore be the priority in the undertakings of the entire Church in our times.” This loss of faith, has today, the characteristics of a general apostasy.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, intervening at a meeting of the European Episcopal Conferences held in Trieste on November 4th 2013, affirmed that “even among the baptized and the disciples of Christ there is today a sort of “silent apostasy”; a rejection of God and the Christian Faith in politics, the economy, in the ethical and moral dimension and in post-modern Western culture.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke

Cardinal Raymond Burke, for his part, in a homily delivered on October 13th 2017 at Buckfast Abbey, recalled how the message of Fatima “deals with the diabolical forces let loose in our time upon the world, entering the very life of the Church, leading souls away from the truth of the Faith and, thus, from Divine love, which flows from the Glorious, Pierced Heart of Jesus.”

Souls are being lost because language is ambiguous and deceiving, and errors and heresies are being disseminated every day among the faithful. Pope Francis’ Pontificate represents the result and the peak of a process of the Church’s self-demolition which has remote origins but today has reached a dizzying speed.
The Correctio filialis of October 24th 2017 has been like a ray of light piercing the darkness of the night in which souls are immersed. The denunciation of the heresies sustained and propagated by Pope Francis has resounded from one end of the planet to the other, spreading through to the Media and becoming the dominant theme of private conversations among many Catholics. In these conversations few deny the truth of the facts denounced in the Correctio. Divergences regard rather, “ the what to do” faced with a situation which has no historical precedents.

There are no lack of those who practice the double-truth: they criticize in private but render homage in public to those who are leading the Church towards disaster. This behaviour was defined “nicodemite” by Calvin to indicate those Protestants who concealed their doctrine, by rendering public homage to the faith and rites of Catholics. Yet the Catholic Church too has always condemned dissimulation, indicating as a model of life, the public confession of the faith, even unto martyrdom.

Confessing the faith means denouncing the errors that oppose it, even if proposed by bishops, and a Pope, as happened to Honorius I (625-638). It is not important to know whether Honorius was a heretic or favens haeresis. The fact that he was solemnly condemned by the VI Council of Constantinople (681), presided by Pope Leo II, and his condemnation was confirmed by two successive Ecumenical Councils demonstrates that the possibility of a heretic Pope (admitted by all the mediaeval canon lawyers) is possible, independently of the fact that it has been verified historically.

Who has the authority, however, to resist and correct a Pope? First of all, this duty belongs to the cardinals who are the Pope’s advisors in the governing of the Church; then the Bishops, who constitute, in union with the Pope, the teaching Church; and lastly, the ordinary faithful, priests, monks and sisters, even lay, who, being baptized, have that absolutely certain sensus fidei which allows them to discern the true faith from heresy.

Eusebius, before becoming Bishop of Dorylaeum, was a lawyer from Constantinople. In 429, he publically interrupted a homily by the priest Nestorius who was placing the Divine Maternity of Mary in doubt. Eusebius would have done the same thing if it had been the Patriarch or the Pope himself speaking that day. His Catholic spirit would not tolerate the Blessed Virgin being insulted in front of the Catholic faithful.

St Maximus the Confessor

Today the Church has no need of nicodemìtes, but confessors of the faith, with the temperament of a Eusebius or Maximus the Confessor, a simple monk who did not hesitate in challenging the Patriarch of Constantinople and the Byzantine Emperors. To those who wanted to oblige communicating with the heretic Monothelites, he replied: “Even if the entire universe communicates with you, I alone will not”. At the age of 80, after three trials, as a result of his fidelity, he was condemned to having his tongue and right hand mutilated, the two body parts through which his words and writings had fought errors and heresies.

He would have been able to repeat the words of St. Paul: “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all forsook me: may it not be laid to their charge. But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, that by me the preaching may be accomplished, and that all the Gentiles may hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion”. (2 Timothy 4, 16-17).

The fact of being just a few – misunderstood and persecuted – is permitted by Divine Providence in order to increase the merits of the witnesses to the Faith and render their behaviour not only right and proper, but also holy and heroic. What else is the exercise of heroic virtue but the accomplishing of one’s duty in exceptional circumstances, not counting on our own strength, but on the help of God?

[Translation: Francesca Romana]

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35 Responses to First Responses to the Correctio Filialis… a Laudatio from the German bishops!

  1. catholicstrongblog says:

    One can grow weary of the quotes of BXVI lamenting the decay in the Church, when he himself had (or still has, depending on if one applies Canon Law to his abandonment) the power to remove the wicked New Order Mass instead of propping it up in his Summorum Pontificum, the power to anathematize heretical cardinals, bishops, nuns, politicians and us regular folks, the power to condemn false religions instead of propping them up, to preach EENS instead smearing all over the “right to any religion” crap, and his abandonment gave us the likes of Francis…on and on.
    Yes, I’m tired of it, as any Catholic is.
    BXVI was and is a wolf in shepherd’s clothing. Pray for him without ceasing.

  2. JabbaPapa says:

    the heresies sustained and propagated by Pope Francis

    This goes too far — and the article in general partakes of a hermeneutic of rupture that Pope Benedict XVI very powerfully denounced.

  3. Michael says:

    Pope Benedict was not a wolf in sheeps clothing.

  4. toadspittle says:

    “… the “right to any religion” crap,”
    Are you suggesting, strongcatholicblog ( What a nice name. Is it Bosnian?) that nobody has the “right” to be, for example, Catholic?
    Or that nobody has the right to be anything else? It is unclear. I think we should be told.

  5. toadspittle says:

    “…a new church, different from the One founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    When Christ founded the Church it had nothing worldly. No churches, no cathedrals, no altars (or altar rails) no richly-embroidered vestments, no gold vessels, no priceless works of art, no Vatican banks and bankers – no money in fact.
    Just a gang of penniless itinerants wandering about telling the tale. Look at it now.

  6. JabbaPapa says:

    a gang of penniless itinerants wandering about telling the tale

    What rubbish, toad — you’ve been listening to the nonsensical claims of some Protestants again, haven’t you …

    And how many of the itinerants that you see passing through your pueblo on a daily basis are penniless ?

    Luke : {3:12} Now the tax collectors also came to be baptised, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?”
    {3:13} But he said to them, “You should do nothing more than what has been appointed to you.”
    {3:14} Then the soldiers also questioned him, saying, “And what should we do?” And he said to them: “You should strike no one, and you should not make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”

  7. JabbaPapa says:

    As for your false claim that “the Church … had nothing worldly” etc. :

    Mark : {12:41} And Jesus, sitting opposite the offertory box, considered the way in which the crowd cast coins into the offertory, and that many of the wealthy cast in a great deal.
    {12:42} But when one poor widow had arrived, she put in two small coins, which is a quarter.
    {12:43} And calling together his disciples, he said to them: “Amen I say to you, that this poor widow has put in more than all those who contributed to the offertory.
    {12:44} For they all gave from their abundance, yet truly, she gave from her scarcity, even all that she had, her entire living.”

  8. kathleen says:

    De Mattei: ““the heresies sustained and propagated by Pope Francis”

    Jabba: This goes too far…

    No, unfortunately, I don’t believe it does! The evidence clearly shows that this is exactly what Pope Francis is doing, albeit in a somewhat deceitful way a lot of the time…. Or how else can a heretical teaching tucked away in a footnote of an Exhortation be explained? Or the stubborn refusal to respond to the dubia of five straightforward questions affirming Catholic teaching, and the (by now) many other appeals made public asking for clarification on his pronouncements?

    It would be so easy to do, so what’s stopping him? In fact, his silence is, in itself IMO, an indication that he cannot, in all honesty, give the correct responses that would prove he is, after all, an orthodox Defender of the True Faith!

    This is an unprecedented situation the Bride of Christ is undergoing in our time: a real Via Crucis. All the more reason for us to remain faithful ourselves, pray as never before, and bide our time. Popes come and go: the Church will survive this Pontificate as She survived the one of Honorius I, and all the other less-than-good popes in Her two thousand year history.

  9. kathleen says:

    “Pope Benedict was not a wolf in sheeps clothing.”

    I agree, Michael, I don’t think that is a fair description of our dear Pope Benedict, who we all sadly miss so much in these times of worldwide confusion and dissent in the Church.

    But, in reflection, I do think Pope Benedict was weak and lacking in holy courage for not facing up to the real wolves attacking the Church. Instead he chose to abandon us to their full-fronted attack and scattering of the ‘flock’… as we are seeing today!

    (We had thought his failing health and strength was the motive for his abdication of the Papacy… But now, more than four and a half years later, quite honestly, he has never looked better, despite his great age!)

  10. Mary Salmond says:

    So, should we consult the words of Christ to clear up all this confusion? Or Augustine, or Aquinas? Instead of guessing what the answer should be? All of us are capable of human error, JPII, Benedict, Francis. Or should we read the book of Lamentations to make us feel better about our plight today?

  11. catholicstrongblog says:

    Toad, ABSOLUTELY no one has the right to be a member of a false sect, worship a false NON-TRIUNE god!
    If you think anyone has a “right” to a false religion, you don’t know Catholicism, and I would suggest brushing up on Lamentabili Sane.
    And yes, BXVI absolutely was a champion of the heresy of freedom of religion. I would suggest brushing up on Ecclesia in Medio Oriente, for starters.
    ERROR HAS NO RIGHTS.

    (NO COMPROMISE.)

  12. johnhenrycn says:

    “And yes, BXVI absolutely was a champion of the heresy…”
    Heck. Not saying you’re wrong (although you are) but what Catholic Church do you belong to?

  13. johnhenrycn says:

    But here’s a mezzo-soprano who Benedict and I both worship. Figuratively speaking, of course:

  14. johnhenrycn says:

    Well, please believe me, Marilyn Horne’s rendition of Gesù Bambino is very sweet.

  15. johnhenrycn says:

    Geoffrey Kiernan was contemptuous when I posted Line Rinaud’s Ma Cabin Au Canada on this blog a few years back. I wonder if he’ll like this rendition of Lascia Ch’io Pianga featuring the wonderful Marilyn Horne.

  16. JabbaPapa says:

    If you think anyone has a “right” to a false religion, you don’t know Catholicism, and I would suggest brushing up on Lamentabili Sane

    The so-called Syllabus of Errors does NOT condemn the doctrine of religious freedom, which is a necessary and inevitable consequence of our Free Will and of our Original Sin.

    Also you are likely to be confusing it with “religious liberty”.

    Meanwhile :

    Dignitatis Humanae (Vatican II) : 1. … On their part, all men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and His Church, and to embrace the truth they come to know, and to hold fast to it.

    This Vatican Council likewise professes its belief that it is upon the human conscience that these obligations fall and exert their binding force. The truth cannot impose itself except by virtue of its own truth, as it makes its entrance into the mind at once quietly and with power.

    Religious freedom, in turn, which men demand as necessary to fulfill their duty to worship God, has to do with immunity from coercion in civil society. Therefore it leaves untouched traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ.

    Pope Leo XIII, Libertas Praestantissimus : 1. Man, indeed, is free to obey his reason, to seek moral good, and to strive unswervingly after his last end. Yet he is free also to turn aside to all other things; and, in pursuing the empty semblance of good, to disturb rightful order and to fall headlong into the destruction which he has voluntarily chosen.

    33. In this, human law must endeavour to imitate God, who, as St. Thomas teaches, in allowing evil to exist in the world, “neither wills evil to be done, nor wills it not to be done, but wills only to permit it to be done; and this is good [Summa theologiae, la, q. XIX, a. 9, ad 3m]”

    43. Whenever there exists, or there is reason to fear, an unjust oppression of the people on the one hand, or a deprivation of the liberty of the Church on the other, it is lawful to seek for such a change of government as will bring about due liberty of action. In such case, an excessive and vicious liberty is not sought, but only some relief, for the common welfare, in order that, while license for evil is allowed by the State, the power of doing good may not be hindered.

    Catechism of the Catholic Church : 1738 Freedom is exercised in relationships between human beings. Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect. The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person.

    Your claims, catholicstrongblog, contradict the constant Tradition of the Church in these matters, including contradicting St Thomas Aquinas.

  17. catholicstrongblog says:

    CONDEMED:
    III. INDIFFERENTISM, LATITUDINARIANISM

    15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true. — Allocution “Maxima quidem,” June 9, 1862; Damnatio “Multiplices inter,” June 10, 1851.

    16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation. — Encyclical “Qui pluribus,” Nov. 9, 1846.

    17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ. — Encyclical “Quanto conficiamur,” Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

    18. Protestantism is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion, in which form it is given to please God equally as in the Catholic Church. — Encyclical “Noscitis,” Dec. 8, 1849.

  18. GC says:

    To mark your return here, JH, here is a previous Marilyn Horne Carnegie Hall stand-in. Rather topical title for the song. (I do think it would have been polite to ask for the opinion of the current Count of Barcelona and King of Aragon before such Catalonian carry-on.) Black is always so slimming.

    Now where were we?

  19. catholicstrongblog says:

    Drawing on V2:

    Dignitatis humanae # 2:

    “This Vatican synod declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. Such freedom consists in this, that all should have such immunity from coercion by individuals, or by groups, or by any human power, that no one should be forced to act against his conscience in religious matters, nor prevented from acting according to his conscience, whether in private or in public, within due limits.”[55]

    Dignitatis humanae # 2:

    “Therefore this right to non-interference persists even in those who do not carry out their obligations of seeking the truth and standing by it; and the exercise of this right should not be curtailed, as long as due public order is preserved.”[56]

    It is a dogma of the Catholic Church that states have a right, and indeed a duty, to prevent false religions from publicly propagating and practicing their false faiths. States must do this to protect the common good – the good of souls, which is harmed by the public dissemination of evil. This is why the Catholic Church has always taught that Catholicism should be the only religion of the state; and that the State should exclude and forbid the public profession and propagation of any other.

    Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, Dec. 8, 1864, # 77:

    “In this age of ours it is no longer expedient that the Catholic religion should be the only religion of the state, to the exclusion of all other cults whatsoever.” – Condemned.[57]

    Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, # 78:

    “Hence in certain regions of Catholic name, it has been laudably sanctioned by law that men immigrating there be allowed to have public exercises of any form of worship of their own.” – Condemned.[58]

    Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, Dec. 8, 1864, # 55:

    “The Church is to be separated from the state, and the state from the Church.” – Condemned.

    Thus, it is abundantly clear that the teaching of Vatican II is direct heresy against the infallible teaching of Pope Pius IX and a host of other Popes we could quote. The teaching of Vatican II on religious liberty could literally have been added to the errors of the Syllabus condemned by Pope Pius IX.

  20. toadspittle says:

    ” ABSOLUTELY no one has the right to be a member of a false sect, worship a false NON-TRIUNE god!”
    Of course, catholicblogstrong – “False sects,” are what other people belong to, as we agree..
    Ask any Methodist, Baptist, or Quivering Brethren. And ask them whether they have the “right” – or not. You may get a rather unchristian answer.

    Welcome back, JH. Debt to society paid, and time off well-earned for good behavior!

  21. JabbaPapa says:

    It is egregiously mistaken to read the Syllabus of Errors as if the diametric opposite of condemned proposals were absolute truths.

    Just for starters — that “15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.” is an Error is NOT “contradicted” by Dignitatis Humanae “On their part, all men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and His Church, and to embrace the truth they come to know, and to hold fast to it. (…) This Vatican Council likewise professes its belief that it is upon the human conscience that these obligations fall and exert their binding force.”

    But it would clearly be an extreme Error for anyone to claim anything along the lines of “No human person has any freedom whatsoever to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by his own reason, he shall consider true.” — which seems to be what you’re trying to do, under the extremely mistaken idea that the Syllabus of Errors could legitimately be used as some sort of source of positive doctrine, whereas it is in fact a list of theses that are wrong.

  22. toadspittle says:

    “It is egregiously mistaken to read the Syllabus of Errors as if the diametric opposite of condemned proposals were absolute truths.”
    Good point, Jabba. The proposal: “It’s wrong to murder people,” is true.
    The proposal, “It’s right to murder people, ” is not. (Well, not generally.)

    The idea some people entertain – that Islam (to take an example at random) is the One True Religion – strikes me as dangerous arrogance.
    Others may disagree.

  23. johnhenrycn says:

    Toad is amusing. Jabba is bemusing. I don’t know which is more bruising.

    Thank you for that lovely video, Golden. Caballé is almost as good, imo, as Horne, who is almost as good as Deutekom who is almost as good as Sutherland. As for Farrokh “Freddie” Mercury, the gay Parsi (RIP) I don’t think I’d ever heard him sing before. I’d certainly never seen him.“What is wrong with his mouth”, I asked myself – and Lo! – turns out that he had four extra upper teeth.

  24. toadspittle says:

    May I offer Natalie Dessay? Politely, of course.

  25. johnhenrycn says:

    Ah yes, Toad. Nice. She brings to mind Ezekiel 27:32 KJV:
    “And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee…”, especially at the 1:28 mark, which is where I stopped and went over to Playboy to have a look at the first transgender playmate.

  26. toadspittle says:

    I much enjoyed your Transgender Playmate link, JH. Very decorative.
    I even more enjoyed imagining the ultrasonic squeals of horror and disgust that would derive from Catholic Australian bus conductors, among a host of others, if Toad had dared to offer up the like. You’re the man!

  27. GC says:

    Dear JH (now 9 ^ above this), nothing exceeds like excess! And both artistes had quite spectacular upper case dentition as well, which only added to the dramatic dention tension, I feel.

    Poor Freddie never quite made it to the Barcelona Olympics by less than a year; but his mummy in Nottingham loved him and the feeling seemed more than mutual. And I remember viewing the Barcelona Olympics in ’92 when I was stationed for a year in Hangzhou, the medieval Song Dynasty capital of China. The games were splendid with all these newly independent countries represented (mainly ex-Soviet colonies) and the Chinese themselves were greatly impressed too. But they wanted to know why Spain still had a king and not single-party rule

    Dear Montsi (Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch) is herself a Barcelonan, named after the heavenly patroness of Catalonia, Santa Maria de Montserrat. It was in the church of the Benedictine monastery there on the “serrated mount” not that far from Barcelona, that St Ignatius promised his future life to God and His Church in the presence of the Virgin Mother of God of Montserrat. And we see what a momentous event that proved later to be.

    I agree that Montserrat is probably inferior to Sutherland. She seems to be singing from less far and deep inside some stupendously ample, long and dark cave than Dame Joan.

  28. toadspittle says:

    “But they wanted to know why Spain still had a king and not single-party rule..”
    Did you explain how much the Spaniards missed the Dear Old Generalissimo, and his single party, GC?

  29. GC says:

    At a guess, Toad, they had already heard all about the single-party rule that the republicans seemed bloodily determined to impose just before Franco.

  30. toadspittle says:

    Not so, GC – the problem with the democratically-elected Republicans was exactly the the reverse – that they were not united in a single party – but deeply divided – between Socialists, Liberals, Anarchists, Anarcho-Syndicalists, Communists, Trotskyites, and God knows what all else.
    And so they fell. Much to the relief of the united Fascists, the big landowners, and Hitler.
    And the Church. And you.
    Ah well. That’s life. Perhaps it was all for the best. And perhaps not.

  31. kathleen says:

    “And so they fell. Much to the relief of the united Fascists, the big landowners, and Hitler.
    And the Church. And you.

    Whoa, Toad! Hold on there!

    Hitler couldn’t give a d**n about Spain (which was, in theory, neutral anyway) or her people. He only used Spain to further his own megalomaniacal aims.
    But true Christians care about others… So you forgot to add to your list of those who were relieved, “and all good, honest, caring citizens”.

    You know, in all the time I’ve been in Spain, I have not met one single decent Spaniard whose parents or grandparents happened to belong to either the Republican Party, or were living in areas dominated by Republicans, who is not, in hindsight, greatly “relieved” that Franco’s Nationalists were the victors of the Spanish Civil War. Not one! That is the absolute truth.

    Spain’s current conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, for instance, is a perfect example!!
    (Though I haven’t met him personally… Of course!)

    ———

    How snarky you have been towards our GC of late! She must have touched an amphibian nerve somewhere, putting you into a ‘spittle-flecked nutty’*. Good for GC, I say! 😉

    * kudos to Fr Z

  32. GC says:

    [A banner from Zhu De, Zhou Enlai and Peng Dehuai supporting the Chinese volunteers fighting in the Spanish civil war.]

    Mao Zedong sent an open letter of support to the Republicans in May 1937.

    “If not for the fact that we have the Japanese enemy in front of us,” Mao wrote, “we would surely go join your troops.”

    I’m sure Mao’s support for the comrades in Iberia, Toad, was purely out of the goodness of his heart.

  33. toadspittle says:

    Kathleen and GC are both right, above, and I apologise. Even before reading the above messages I’d already come to the belated conclusion that endlessly re-fighting an old, half-forgotten, war is foolish and pointless. Let the dead bury the dead. And leave it at that.

  34. If he isn’t now it’s only because he sees the errors of his ways when he was a cardinal. If you haven’t read, I would suggest The Devils Final Battle by Fr. Paul Kramer. It describes the Fatima Party Line of the Vatican apparatus, and very nicely illustrates how Benedict has over the years recanted a lot of the things he said against the traditional Faith, particularly because he knows the 3rd secret in its entirety and what the overall goal of the 2nd Vatican Council was all about. Again because he was considered a prominent theologian and the personal assistant to JP2 facilitating the very intentions of that destructive council.

  35. [audio src="http://www.traditionalcatholicsermons.org/index_files/BpSan_Ratzinger_B16_2051.mp3" /]

    Ratzinger was a key architect of the 2nd Vatican Council. Hearts do change, and I am pretty sure by the grace of God, the message of Fatima, and the lack of conversion in Russia and the world has changed this man’s stance as he stands in shark infested waters. One can certainly pray this is the case.

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