Monday, April 12, 2021

"Nanobots, dude!"

 The Vaxxtards clearly have no arguments.







Religious Fanaticism About Cleaning Surfaced Unfounded Says Tucker

Authored by butch Jeffrey Tucker.  In an age of political fantasism and scientific voodoo, it looks like the disease isn’t transmitted on surfaces after all. 

[Tyler Durden] Going to the grocery store in Massachusetts in 2020 guaranteed you would breathe heaps of sanitizer. A full-time employee scrubbed down shopping carts between customers. Conveyor belts at the checkout counter were blasted and wiped between every sale. Glass surfaces were sprayed as often as possible. The plastic keypads on credit machines were not only covered in plastic – why putting plastic on plastic stopped Covid was never clear – but also sprayed between uses.

Employees would carefully watch your hands to see what you touched, and as you exited the space would cover the area with cleaning spray.

It was the same at offices and schools. If a single person turned in a positive PCR test, the entire place had to be evacuated for a 48-hour fumigation. Everything had to be wiped, sprayed, and scrubbed, to get rid of the Covid that surely must be present in the bad place. The ritualistic cleaning took on a religious element, as if the temple must be purified of the devil before God could or would come back.

AMDG

Saturday, April 10, 2021

We are going mad!

Google Under Attack For Allowing Racist Keyword Searches

Edit: how dare they!!
[RT] Google has updated its YouTube ad targeting terms after a media report revealed that people could search for phrases allegedly associated with white supremacy.

An investigation by the Markup found that advertisers could find relevant videos for their ads by using terms like “white lives matter,” “all lives matter” and “white power.” Citing the Southern Poverty Law Center, the outlet noted that some of these phrases are popular with white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. Anyone interested in using the term “white power” to place an ad would be able to choose among 100 million YouTube videos and channels linked to the phrase, the Markup discovered.

At the same time, social justice terms such as “Black Lives Matter” and “black power” returned no results.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Polish Pastor Drives Canadian KGB Out of His Church

Edit: a Canadian NKVD Unit stormed a church service headed by a powerful Polish pastor who drove the sniveling Communists headed by a strong wahmen, out.  

Too bad he’s a prod.


A Canadian pastor went viral after a video was posted of him confronting a group of police officers who had disrupted a church gathering.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Street Church in Alberta was holding a service on Saturday when at least six officers entered the building.

Pawlowski yelled at them to “Get out” and not come back unless they have a warrant. “Please get out, get out of this property, immediately get out,” Pawlowski told the officers at the entrance of the church. “Get out of this property immediately.

Evil Theologian Hans Kung Dies

 Edit: he never abjured his heresy. 


[America ] Hans Küng (b. 1928), who died on April 6 at the age of 93, was the youngest and third most influential Catholic theologian of the second half of the 20th century, after Karl Rahner, S.J., (1904-84) and Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P., (1914-2009); but he was first in flair and media savvy.

Küng rose to public awareness in the events leading up to and during the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). He flourished as a Catholic theologian for more than a decade after the council by writing a number of landmark books. After being disowned by the papacy as a Catholic spokesperson in the early days of St. John Paul II’s pontificate, he flourished again as an organic intellectual of the world by mediating among religions and stimulating a global ethic.

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/04/06/hans-kung-death-obituary-vatican-ii-240394

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Christos Anestei! Happy Saint Benedict the Moor

 



He was born in Sicily, the son of African slaves. He became a Franciscan. Although he was only a lay brother and could neither read nor write, his holiness was so outstanding that he was made superior of his monastery, which he governed wisely and well.


https://catholicism.org/saint-benedict-the-moor-1589.html


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Saturday, April 3, 2021

London Keystone Cops Invade Polish Church on Good Friday


CNA Staff, Apr 3, 2021 / 07:35 am MT (CNA ).- A Polish Catholic parish in London, England, said Saturday that it believed that police “grossly exceeded their powers” when they halted a Good Friday service and ordered parishioners to go home.

Police officers interrupted the Good Friday liturgy at Christ the King Church in Balham, south London, on April 2, ordering worshipers to leave or face a fine or possible arrest.

A video posted on YouTube showed a police officer addressing the congregation from a pulpit in the sanctuary of the church, informing them that the gathering was “unlawful” under current coronavirus restrictions.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

"Communion on the Tongue is In the Gospels -- No Bishop Can Deny That"

 The three churches at the Capuchin Monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo. In the middle church, the Archbishop of Manfredonia expressed his "dangerous considerations".

Repeatedly, bishops try to ban Communion on the tongue under the pretext of combating corona and only allow communion in hand. However, there are clear legal, liturgical and theological hurdles that doom any attempt of this kind to failure.


Legally, the situation is clear: Communion on the tongue is the only fully valid form of receiving communion, and that in the entire world Church. After the Second Vatican Couoncil, at the urging of the bishops of the German-speaking zone, the bishops' conferences were given the opportunity, if they considered it "opportune", to allow an extraordinary form of Communion in addition to the ordinary form of receiving Communion, namely Communion in hand. Both forms are, where permitted, equally permitted, but not equivalent. Oral communion is and remains the proper and legitimate form of receiving Communion. The fact that in some countries and dioceses this fact is systematically concealed and the impression is created that Communion in hand is the current form of receiving Communion, whereas Communion on the tongue is an outdated form that no longer really applies today does nothing to change this. But especially, according to the overall impression created, one no longer has to take this “old” form into account. But this is not the case. 


A ban on Communion on the tongue is unthinkable under canon law, but communion in hand at any time, which clearly defines the hierarchy of these two forms.


In Corona times, reference is made to the protection of health in order to prohibit Communion on the tongue. That smells like an excuse and it is. It lacks any hygienic or medical logic. Doctors have pointed out that the oral Communion is no doubt safer than Communion in the hand (see also "Oral Communion Guarantees Best Health and Hygiene"). If the priest disinfects his hands before giving Communion, any contamination is excluded, since the consecrated Host only passes through his hand. In the case of hand communion, however, there are many hands.


In addition, in the 14 months of the alleged corona pandemic, there has been no known case of transmission of infection through receiving Communion. In Austria, although recently Kronen Zeitung tried to concoct a connection between attending Mass and infection, but proved both cases, on closer inspection to be of dubious journalism. Indeed, it is grotesque to think that the saving body of Christ could be the vector of disease. The bishops in the German-speaking areas are not setting a good example with their Corona measures when it comes to real presence.


The Manfredonia case


The Archbishop of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, Msgr. Franco Moscone, Chaplain of the Somascans, is entertaining "dangerous thoughts," so says the Vatican expert Marco Tosatti. The archdiocese comprises two historical dioceses and has been part of the ecclesiastical province of Foggia since 1979. However, it retained the rank and dignity of an archdiocese. It includes the famous Archangel Michael Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo and the city of San Giovanni Rotondo, in which the stigmatized Saint Pio of Pietrelcina spent 50 years of his life and is also buried. The saint has been one of the patrons of the archdiocese since 2002. 


Msgr. Moscone was appointed to the archdiocese by Pope Francis in 2018. He was born in 1957 and comes from the city of Alba in Piedmont. Last January 3rd, during a Mass celebration, he expressed a fundamental rejection of Communion on the tongue, which he dressed in the drastic and many to believers disturbing words:


"Communion on the tongue is an abuse."


Since then, the discussion about it in the diocese has not come to a standstill. The statement is too clear to be misunderstood or to falsely attribute intentions to the Archbishop that are far removed from him. According to Msgr. Moscone, Communion on the tongue is fundamentally wrong, which is why his contradiction, as he himself emphasized to the press, is not only due to the Corona virus.


For his irritating statement, the archbishop chose, which is no less irritating, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo. This is the "middle church" of the large Capuchin complex, which was added to the small monastery church of the Capuchin Convent in the late 1950s and consecrated in 1959. The many pilgrims who come to the grave of St. Padre Pio are expected to do a lot. In the new church, which was consecrated in 2004 and in whose lower church the grave is located, the kneeling of the faithful has been forbidden. If the archbishop has his way, Communion should now also be taken from them. It is astonishing how a bishop can come to a view that a practice always practiced by the Church and never given up could be fundamentally wrong.


Don Bux: “Communion in the mouth is documented in the Gospel. No bishop can counter this"


Don Nicola Bux, internationally renowned liturgist, friend of Benedict XVI. and himself a native of Apulia, commented on the archbishop's statement. His answer is also addressed to the other bishops who want to restrict communion in the mouth with or without Corona. The liturgical scholar is no less clear in his reaction than Monsignor Moscone:


“The bishop made a mistake. From the examination of the Greek Gospel text it cannot be inferred at all that the body of Christ was placed in the hand. "


The use of a paten would make no sense if Communion in hand had been practiced. "At most," said Don Bux,  it could be claimed they were using the Purple Code of Rossa from the fifth century, as believers of antiquity would have the Host taken by mouth from their palms, "but never with the fingers of the other hand." It is more likely that the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis only a few decades earlier, was based on a  judgment earlier introduced by St. Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem (348-386).

 

He called for “the hands to be formed into a throne, not in order to receive communion in hand, as is falsely claimed today, but in order to hold the hand formed in this way directly under the mouth and thus when receiving the Eucharistic ' to bite 'to prevent the smallest particle from being lost."


St. Cyril's invitation was an anticipation of the godfather, but not Communion in hand.

Archbishop Moscone, however, referred to “take and eat” in his sermon, which he interpreted as evidence of Communion in hand. Don Bux said:


"The Gospel of John clearly states that Jesus gave Judas a 'bite' at the Lord's Supper, and a bite is something that you put in your mouth." 


As early as May 2020, when other dioceses took action against Communion on the tongue with reference to the coronavirus, Don Bux said that the Gospel of John speaks of an immersed morsel (cf. Jn 13, 26-27). In the Douay standard translation says:


“Jesus replied: It is to whom I will give the morsels of bread that I will dip. Then he dipped the bread, took it and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot."

 

 

Don Bux on this:


“This form is still Common today among the Orientals and in the Eastern Church when giving communion. A bite of dipped bread cannot be put in the hand, only in the mouth. "


Today in the vernacular translations of the Missale Romanum used for converting words "take" are in Greek and in Latin the word λάβετε / accipite again, the not reflexive meaning "take" but "receive" means in terms of "to absorb” and “to take”.


“The bishop is making a clear mistake in believing that 'to take' means to take with your hands. No, the Host is 'received', in this specific case with the mouth. I think of the reaction of St. Padre Pio if he had heard a bishop speak like that!"

 

Text: Giuseppe di Nar-
image: Wiki-com-mons

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


Recommended reading on the topic:

Fr. Martin Lugmayr FSSP: Hand Communion: A historical-dogmatic investigation, with a foreword by Prof. Robert Spaemann, 2nd edition, Dominus-Verlag, Augsburg 2020 .

Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider OCR: Corpus Christi. Thoughts on Holy Communion and the renewal of the Church, with a foreword by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, 2nd edition, Dominus-Verlag, Augsburg 2014.



AMDG

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

American Hero G. Gordon Liddy Passes

 Edit: why not report more about Liddy’s service in Korea? Update: Liddy was unable to serve in Korea for medical reasons. 

Liddy was right about Nixon too. He should have been a lot more ruthless. 

Liddy was an erector set style atheist later in his life. We can only hope he found his way back to the Church. His lapse is pretty understandable considering how a fruity institution like the American Catholic Church vilifies men with Liddy’s courage and patriotism. 

The Catholic Church wasn’t built by people like Robert Barron, but men like G. Gordon.

I’ll light a candle for you, Agent Liddy! Thank you for your selfless service to our great country. You will be missed!

[CBS Snooze] G. Gordon Liddy, a mastermind of the Watergate burglary and a radio talk show host after emerging from prison, died Tuesday at age 90.

His son, Thomas Liddy, confirmed the death but did reveal the cause, other than to say it was not related to COVID-19.

Liddy, a former FBI agent and Army veteran, was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping for his role in the Watergate burglary, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He spent four years and four months in prison, including more than 100 days in solitary confinement.

Too hot for YouTube

https://rumble.com/embed/vcbbdx/?pub=4

March of the Vaxxtards

 Good thing he has this video backed up on his own platform.    How long will it take YouTube to pull it?






Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Stop the Discrimination!

 

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https://stopmedicaldiscrimination.org/

Revisiting EENS

MSM Still Can't Figure Out the Motive For Mass Shooting in Boulder Colorado


[Local Yokel News] Dougherty said the person in custody was the shooter, who was identified Tuesday morning as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21.

CBS Denver helicopter footage captured authorities escorting a shirtless man in handcuffs who appeared to have a bleeding leg from the scene, but authorities would not confirm if that man is the person in custody.

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Corporate Religious Huckster Says Jesus Would Have Gotten the Jab

 [Prod News] With some Americans feeling hesitant about getting a COVID-19 shot, evangelist Franklin Graham is urging pastors to encourage their congregations to trust in the vaccines.

Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan's Purse, told ABC News that there could be harmful consequences if pastors discourage church members from receiving the shot.

"I would hope that the pastors in the pulpit would tell people how they can be saved from God's judgment," Graham said. "I think for a pastor to tell someone not to take the vaccine is problematic because what would happen if that person got coronavirus and died?"

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2021/march/franklin-graham-urges-clergy-to-support-covid-vaccines-says-jesus-would-have-used-them-too

AMDG

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Bergoglio's Commissar Banishes Immemorial Mass of Ages to the Catacombs


 The Vatican State Secretariat has established a hierarchy in St. Peter's Basilica: Novus Ordo above, Traditional Rite below?

Edit: the Bugninine Liturgy is ascendant!


(Rome) as the retirement of Angelo Cardinal Comastri as Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica was only a rumor, already there were worries, that it could have  negative consequences for the celebration of the Immemorial Rite in the Papal Basilica. On February 20th, the time had come - and the fears came true.


Pope Francis retired Cardinal Comastri and appointed Mauro Cardinal Gambetti as his successor. Gambetti, member of the Minorites was previously Custos of the Holy Convents of Assisi. Not a month has passed since then and the fears are already becoming reality.


The First Section of the Vatican State Secretariat sent a letter to the Extraordinary Commissar of the Cathedral Administration, the canons of the Vatican Chapter and the service for the liturgical celebrations of the basilica. On June 29, 2020, Pope Francis provided Cardinal Comastri with a commissar in the form of Archbishop Mario Giordano. Cardinal Gambetti, who was created by Francis as cardinal at the end of November 2020, has officially been Vicar General of Vatican City, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and head of St. Peter's Cathedral Building since February. The tasks of Msgr. Giordano as acting head were not canceled, as the new document shows.


The State Secretariat's letter is not signed, which, among other things, cast doubts as to its authenticity. The document has since been published by the Vaticanist Diane Montagna and its authenticity has been confirmed by Edward Pentin (National Catholic Register). The First Section is headed by the Substitute of the Cardinal Secretary of State. The Venezuelan Vatican diplomat Edgar Peña Parra has been a substitute since 2018.

The instructions (enlarge)

The Section issued five instructions on March 12:


  • 1. Individual celebrations should be suppressed;
  • 2. The priests and the faithful who come to the basilica every day for Holy Mass should have the opportunity to participate in the following celebrations: at 7 am in the choir chapel; at 7:30 am at the Cathedra Altar; at 8 o'clock in the choir chapel; at 9 o'clock at the Cathedra altar. The times of the other Masses remain unchanged. On the occasion of a saint's remembrance, the remains of which are kept in the basilica, one of the Holy Masses can be celebrated at the corresponding altar. On Sundays and public holidays, the maintenance of the times mentioned must be checked;

  • 3. the concelebrations are to be liturgically animated with the help of lecturers and cantors;

  • 4. Groups of pilgrims who are accompanied by a bishop or a priest ensure the possibility of celebrating Holy Mass in the Vatican grottoes;

  • 5. As for the Extraordinary Rite, the authorized priests can celebrate at 7 am, 7:30 am, 8 am and 9 am in the Capella Clementina in the Vatican Grottoes.

The regulations will come into force next March 22nd.


The Cathedra altar is one of the two papal altars and is located in front of the Cathedra Petri. The choir chapel is the westernmost chapel in the south (left) aisle. It lies opposite the sacrament chapel in the north aisle and is separated from the rest of the church by a grill. This is where the canons perform their divine office, hence the name.


Traditional Rite to the catacombs?


The arrangement has banished the Traditional Rite, which had been well tolerated in St. Peter's Basilica, in the Vatican GrottosWho has been bothered the previous early morning celebrations?  [Satan?] The pilgrims and tourists hardly, as not so many of them are in St. Peter's Basilica at this time. This is especially true for the past few months with the low number of visitors due to the corona restrictions.


The Traditional Rite only became visible in St. Peter's Basilica in Autumn 2012, when the international pilgrimage Summorum Pontificum ad Petri Sedem took place for the first timeIt was created to express gratitude and solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI. to express and to give the Traditional Rite greater public visibility through the celebration of the closing Mass in St. Peter's Basilica (cathedra altar). At that time there was even hope that Benedict XVI. could personally celebrate the first final mass in St. Peter's. This hope was not fulfilled. Rather, he unexpectedly resigned from office a few months later. The pilgrimage was retained, however, had to be canceled last year due to the corona restrictions by the state and Church authorities. The Pontifical Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, which Robert Cardinal Sarah was supposed to celebrate on October 24th, was made impossible by the restrictions imposed. Without a special permit, according to the instructions that have now been issued, the final Mass of this pilgrimage would also be banished to the crypt under St. Peter's Basilica.


How does the State Secretariat justify the new provisions?


“Lent invites us to return to the Lord with all our hearts (cf. Gl 2:12). This gives greater centrality to the word of God and the celebration of the Eucharist. With this in mind, in order to ensure that the holy masses in St. Peter's

 A connection with the celebration in the Traditional Rite is not evident, which is why the only recognizable consequence remains to visibly downgrade the Holy Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite compared to the Novus OrdoSt. Peter's Basilica is reserved exclusively for the novel liturgy, while the Traditional Rite is banished to the catacombs. It is also used physically, intentionally or unintentionally, to express who is “up” and who is “down” or who is above whom.

The Vatican knows about the power of symbols.



St. Peter's Basilica, including the Vatican grottoes and the ancient necropolis with St. Peter's tomb

Text: Giuseppe di Nar-
image: Summorumpontificum.org (screenshot) / Wikicommons / Diane Montagna (Twitter, screenshot)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

AMDG


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Vaccine is Fake and Potentially Deadly

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Shot in the dark

Let's Get Ready to Rumble

At EF we hope that Milo is sincere because this latest move will really get under the skin of the aberrosexuals and their straight enablers. We're sure he bugs them in a way that Voris still doesn't

Friday, March 12, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Cardinal Sarah: "The Church is Not a Battlefield"

 

Cardinal Robert Sarah in the first interview since his retirement by Pope Francis.

(Rome) The daily Il Foglio today published a conversation with Robert Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship who was resigned on February 20 by Pope Francis. The cardinal from Guinea is one of the most prominent Church representatives, who was repeatedly in conflict with the ruling Pope. Cardinal Sarah comments on current and future challenges for the Church and his relationship with Pope Francis. He talks about the background to his book with Benedict XVI. in defense of the sacramental priesthood and priestly celibacy and warns against the German Synodal Way and a "creeping apostasy". The interview was conducted by Matteo Matzuzzi, Il Foglio's Vaticanist.


"The Church is Not a Battlefield"


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Matzuzzi recalls that Cardinal Sarah's books, four in number, the first of which was published in 2015, all became international bestsellers. "Which is something of a miracle, given the complex subjects of his works and the low inclination in modern humanity to read," says Matzuzzi.


Many were surprised when the Vatican press office announced the retirement of Cardinal Sarah two weeks ago. However, the decision was not as surprising as Matzuzzi represents. The autumn of 2019 was the expiration of the five-year term of office as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the SacramentsA formal extension, contrary to what the Vaticanist suggested, did not take place. A second term would have lasted until 2024. Obviously too long for Francis. He tacitly left the cardinal in office, which gave the Pope the opportunity to terminate Sarah's mandate at any time and without a spectacular dismissal. This was all the more true when the cardinal turned 75 in June 2020 and Francis had to put his resignation on his desk.

“The Pope asked me to do my job in the service of the universal Church donec aliter provideatur to continue, that is, as long as the Holy Father does not determine otherwise. A few weeks ago the Pope informed me that he had now decided to accept my resignation. I immediately told him that I was happy and grateful for his decision. I have repeated it many times: obedience to the Pope is not just a human necessity, it is the means to obey Christ who put the Apostle Peter and his successors at the head of the Church. I am happy and proud to have served three Popes, Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI. and Francis, in the Roman Curia for more than twenty years. I have endeavored to be a loyal, obedient, and humble servant of the truth of the Gospel. Even if some journalists keep repeating the same stupid things: I have never opposed the Pope."

 

Matzuzzi wants to know what memory he takes with him of his service at the Divine Service Congregation, which deals with the liturgy.


“Some see the leadership of this dicastery as an honorary position of little importance. In contrast to this, I believe that responsibility for the liturgy places us in the center of the Church, the very foundation of her being. The Church is neither an administration nor a human institution. The Church mysteriously extends Christ's presence on earth. 'The Liturgy', says the Second Vatican Council, 'is the climax towards which the Church's work strives, and at the same time the source from which all her strength flows' ( Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10), and 'consequently every liturgical celebration, as the work of Christ the priest and his body, who is the Church, is primarily a sacred act, the effectiveness of which no other activity of the Church achieves in rank and measure' ( Sacrosanctum Concilium, 7). The Church exists to give God to people. That is precisely the role of the liturgy: to worship God and impart divine grace to souls. When the liturgy is sick, the whole Church is in danger because her relationship with God is not only weakened, but profoundly damaged. The Church therefore runs the risk of breaking away from its divine source in order to become a self-centered institution. It affects me very much: There is a lot of talk about the Church and its necessary renewal. But are we talking about God? Let us talk about the work of redemption that Christ accomplished, mainly through the paschal mystery of his blessed suffering, his resurrection from the dead and his glorious ascension, the paschal mystery, through which he 'destroyed our death by dying and recreated life through his resurrection' (Sacrosanctum Concilium , 5). Instead of speaking of ourselves: let's turn to God! That is the message that I have repeated over and over for years. If God is not at the center of the life of the Church, then she is in mortal danger. That is certainly the reason why Benedict XVI. declared that the crisis of the Church is essentially a crisis of the liturgy because it is a crisis of the relationship with God. That is also why I, Benedict XVI. following, insists: The purpose of the liturgy is not to celebrate the community or man, but God. This is very well done by expressing the oriented celebration. 'Where a direct common turning towards the east is not possible', says Benedict XVI., 'The cross can serve as the inner east of faith. It should stand in the middle of the altar and be the common point of view for the priest and the praying community. So we follow the old call to prayer that stood on the threshold of the Eucharist: 'Conversi ad Dominum'- Turn to the Lord. So we look together at the one whose death has torn open the temple veil - at the one who stands for us before the Father and embraces us in his arms, who makes us the living new temple of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Cor 6:19) . When everyone turns to the cross together, the danger of being too human and self-contained, face-to-face is avoided. Let us open our hearts so that God can break in. For the idea, as Joseph Ratzinger said, that the priest and the people must face each other in prayer, arose only in modern Christianity and was completely foreign to early Christianity. It is clear that the priest and the people do not face one another, but pray facing the only Lord, the Christ, who walks towards us in silence. That is one of the reasons why I have insisted on the need for there to be room for silence in the liturgy. When man is silent, he leaves room for God. Conversely, when the liturgy becomes 'talkative', it forgets that the cross is its center and one organizes around the microphone. All of these questions are crucial because they determine the place we give to God. And unfortunately they have turned into ideological questions." 


“The regret” that speaks from these words is unmistakable, said Matzuzzi, who asked what Cardinal Sarah meant by “ideological questions”.


“Too often today in the Church we behave as if everything were a question of politics, power, influence and the unjustified imposition of a hermeneutic of the Second Vatican Council of total and irreversible break with tradition. It was very painful for me to see these factions fighting. When I have spoken of liturgical orientation and a sense of the sacred, I have been told: 'You are against the Second Vatican Council'. This is wrong! I don't think there is any point in the struggle between progressives and conservatives in the Church. These are political and ideological categories. The Church is not a political battlefield. All that counts is the ever deeper search for God, to meet Him and humbly kneel down, to worship Him. 

When Pope Francis appointed me, he gave me two instructions: to implement the liturgical constitution of the Second Vatican Council and to implement bringing to life the liturgical legacy of Benedict XVI.. I am deeply convinced that these two instructions form a single direction, because Benedict XVI. is certainly the personality that understood Vatican II most deeply. To continue the liturgical work of Benedict XVI. is surely the best way of applying the true council. Unfortunately, some ideologues want to oppose the Church before the Council to a Church after the Council. They divide and do the work of the devil. The Church is one, without breaks, without changes of direction ,because their founder Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13: 8). The Church strives towards God, orientates us towards him. From the Creed of Saint Peter to the Second Vatican Council to Pope Francis, the Church turns to us Christ. Giving the liturgy its sacred character, leaving space for silence and sometimes celebrating it towards the East, as Pope Francis does in the Sistine Chapel or in Loreto, means applying the Council in a deep and spiritual way. I point out an extraordinary coincidence: On the day on which my replacement was announced, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI sent me. the French edition of his works on the liturgy. I saw in it an invitation from Providence to continue this work of  restoring a liturgy that places God at the center of the life of the Church." 


But how was the collaboration with Pope Francis?


“Some insinuate that we are enemies for no reason and without being able to provide concrete and credible evidence. But that's not correct. Pope Francis loves sincerity. We have always worked with simplicity, regardless of journalists' imaginations. Pope Francis, for example, received and understood the book 'From the depths of the heart,'  for which I worked together with Benedict XVII have not hidden my concern to him about the ecclesiological consequences of questioning priestly celibacy. When he received me after this publication, while press campaigns accused me of lying, the Pope supported and encouraged me. It seems that he had read with appreciation the copy with a dedication, which Pope Benedict XVI. in his fine way had sent him. On this occasion I could see that the truth always triumphs over the lie. There is no point in starting large communication campaigns. All it takes is the courage to be honest and free. The support of Pope Francis, the constant affection of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. and the thousands of letters of thanks from priests and laypeople from all over the world have allowed me to understand the depth of the message of the risen Jesus: Do not be afraid! "


But how does Cardinal Sarah see the future of the Church?


“I am a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. There I see with immeasurable joy how the Church radiates holiness. Let us rejoice to see the impressive number of so many daughters and sons of the Catholic Church who take seriously the Gospel and the universal call to holiness  'for from the side of Christ who fell asleep on the cross has emerged the wonderful mystery of the whole Church ''' ( Sacrosanctum Concilium, 5). Regardless of what those “born blind” say, and despite the many sins of their members, the Church is beautiful and holy. It is the expansion of Jesus Christ. The Church is not a secular institution. Her health is not measured by Her power and influence. The Church experiences Good Friday today. Water seems to be entering the ship from all sides. Some betray Her from within. I think of the drama and the terrible crimes of the pedophile priests. How could mission be fruitful when so many lies obscure the beauty of Jesus' face? Others are tempted to betrayal by leaving the ship to follow the powers that be right now. I think of the temptations especially in Germany from that Synodal wayWe are asked what is the Gospel, if all this is pulled through to the end: a real silent ApostasyBut Christ's victory always comes through the cross. The Church must go to the cross and to the great silence of Holy Saturday. We must pray with Mary over the body of Jesus. See, pray, repent and make amends so that we can better proclaim the victory of the risen Christ." 


And what will Cardinal Sarah do now?


“I will not stop working. I'm also happy to have more time to pray and read. I will continue to write, speak, and travel. Here in Rome I continue to receive priests and believers from all over the world. More than ever, the Church needs bishops who speak clearly, freely and faithfully to Jesus Christ and to the doctrine of faith and morality of His Gospel. I intend to continue and even strengthen this mission. I must continue to work in the service of the unity of the Church, truth and love. I humbly wish to sustain the reflection, prayer, courage and faith of many confused Catholics who have been through the many crises we are currently going through, confused and disoriented: anthropological crises, cultural crises, crises of faith, crises of the priests, crises of morality, but above all crises of our relationship with God." 

  

Text: Giuseppe di Nar-
image: MiL

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

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