Friday, August 28, 2015

Patriarch Albino Luciani (1977) About Cardinal Ratzinger: A "True Prophet"

Pope John Paul I and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

(Rome) It was the 16th of August 1977 almost exactly one year before he was to be elected John Paul I as pope. At the Feast of St. Rochus, Patriarch Albino Cardinal Luciani of Venice  held a sermon, calling the then Archbishop of Munich-Freising, just starting out in his office and elevated to Cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger, as a "true prophet".   He called the future Pope Benedict XVI. even the only example of a true prophet, which he opposed to the "false prophets."

Then the Patriarch spoke of the Prophet Elijah and the desire of Catholics, even today, for a powerful prophet. Luciani quoted the Apostle Paul, not to despise prophecies   (1 Thess 5,20), but beware of those "prophets" who wish to subvert the gospel of Christ:  "For  there is no other gospel, there are some a few who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But those who preached to you another gospel than we have preached unto you, let him be accursed, even if we ourselves or an angel from heaven." (Gal 1,7-8).

Cardinal Luciani continues:

"Even before  St. Paul  the Lord himself already had warned: Many false prophets will arise and will deceive many" (Mt 24,11). In the Old Testament God lamented, 'I haven't sent these prophets, yet they run; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesy' (Jer 23: 21). The Bible reminds us of the prophets of Baal in the ungodly time of Jezebel and Jehu (see 1 Kings 18;. 2 Kings 10.19 to 25); it also reminds us of the house and court prophets who were concerned mainly to prophesy so that they had great favor with kings rather than God (1 Kings 22).

I think to be able to conclude that there is prophecy; that you can learn much from some prophets; that one but if you do not know to distinguish, can also can experience great setbacks.

A few days ago I congratulated  Cardinal Ratzinger, the new Archbishop of Munich in a Catholic Germany, which he regretted as a part infested  of an anti-Roman and anti-papal complex, he had the courage to declare publicly that 'the Lord is there to be sought where Peter is'.

Others do not seem to be prophets, but smugglers: they use the post from which they occupy to the impersonate the teachings of the Church, which in reality is their personal opinion or a distorted ideology very different or doctrine disapproved by the Magisterium of the Church. According to their speaking and writing, Jesus' resurrection a pure invention of his disciples who, after they had overcome their initial disorientation after the crucifixion, would have said to themselves. 'He's dead? Never mind, we simply continue his work when he was still alive among us'. So resurrection yes, but only in the mind and will of the disciples. They also write: the auricular or individual confession is not necessary: ​​it is enough to have  a general, common confession of guilt; one repents, receives general absolution and everything is in order;  the rest had been first introduced by medieval monks. The avoidance of occasions of sin and   premarital chastity of the betrothed were - according to them - exaggerations, because in reality,  any sexual desire and every sexual desire - within or outside of marriage - was good; but we accused the Church, among many other things, of also, exercising sexual repression'  Poor Church!

How all this will be reconciled with a Christ, who led his people to struggle against the tide, who called for great efforts of renunciation, asceticism and Cross, is a mystery. It is also a mystery how they want to explain the words of Jesus: "No one can be the servant of two masters" (Mt 6:24) and "anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in the heart adultery with her" (Mt 5, 27). Another puzzling thing is that they suppress everything in the school and catechesis which challenges, inspires to emulate, what is  cheering and encouraging. All should be equal, no young person should feel superior to others. Well, to curb the arrogance is a good and beautiful thing. It has nothing to do with arrogance if someone tries to intervene to move forward; Arrogance is when someone transgresses and tramples others  [...]

Another "mystery" is that these prophets think in such a way as to decide and program, as all men are, that by nature they would be well, all just fine and all honest, hard workers who love effort and  are all incapable of deceit and betrayal. This is the optimism of Rousseau and Victor Hugo. The latter wrote: Every school that opens, means a prison that is closed '. If he were alive today, Victor Hugo could see numerous  schools, but also to prisons. [...] The road, the daily experience and the Bible say: Let's be optimists, man has received a benevolent foundation, but we do not close our eyes, we do not deny that  the inheritance of original sin is overloaded upon him: the school benefits, but only on condition that it is coupled with the fear of God.

Speaking of God:  many of today's "prophets" write and talk very often of the "Word of God", with which they should deal. Very good, but more than this, one has to discuss the  "law of God", or of the held-Ten Commandments (Ex 20 147).
Many consider the Decalogue, although they read the Bible,  obsolete, despite the fact that  - were all to  consider it - it alone would be able to make both  individuals and the society good.   Of the Decalogue Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, not one letter of the law will pass away '(Mt 5:18). This is really a frivolity, reading the Bible, but  sweeping or passing over what Jesus solemnly reaffirmed.

In conclusion: we have quiet confidence in the prophet, but in the real ones. And should the Lord give us this calling, we remember that the profession of the Prophet is hard. Particularly in the case that we wanted to accuse others in the name of God or should, we need to be sure of two things: first, that we really have a mandate from God; secondly, that we are sufficiently in order. Jesus said, 'Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye, but the beam in your eye you do not notice' (Mt 7,3). St. James wrote: 'Only one is the lawgiver and judge: he who has the power to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge about your neighbor? ' (James 4:12). Beating their own breast is a good sign of repentance. But to knock on  the chest of  the other, is a much more delicate thing: It may be a sign of prophecy, of love, mercy and zeal, but also of arrogance. [...]
At this point it is good to remember that St. Paul has said,  prophecy is good,  are the other good charisms, but above  all these things is  the love of God and neighbor (1 Cor 13) , That's mainly what  the Saints Rochus and Pius X did.

Albino Cardinal Luciani, preaching the Memorial of St. Rochus 16 August 1977 reprinted in Opera Omnia - Albino Luciani, Giovanni Paolo I, vol 8, p 193ff..

Text / translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Il Timone
Trans; Tancred
Link to Katholisches...


Anonymous said...

Wonder who released that? In case you're not aware: info re: Luciani/JPI (pope for less than 30 days):

SEXUAL ORIENTATION In 1941, he wrote a thesis, Strategy of a Strange War (currently in the Apostolic Library), in which he discussed human sexuality after observing the sexual behavior of Italian prisoners. He concluded that sexual orientation was essentially unchangeable, and that it was not uncommon for heterosexual male prisoners to engage in same-sex acts, thus illustrating a distinction between sexual behavior and sexual orientation. During his time as Patriarch of Venice he became particularly outspoken on issues of sexuality, and controversially advocated greater tolerance and acceptance in the Church for gay men and women.

He permitted the adoption of children from orphanages in his diocese by homosexual couples reasoning in a letter to a colleague, "that we have found that homosexuals will take handicapped and less than healthy and attractive children. Most importantly they will take bastards." It was his lobbying in the Italian Parliament that made it legal for single persons to adopt children in Italy, directly accepting that this would include homosexuals.In a letter to his mother he bemoaned that "There is something terribly wrong with a society that thinks one's sex is what makes one a good parent".

Before his death Pope Paul VI even permitted Luciani to address the Vatican cardinals on the possibility the Church might encourage homosexuals to enter into long-term loving relationships. This received a poor reception, but in conclusion he stated that, "The day is not far off when we will have to answer to these people who through the years have been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, whose human dignity has been offended, their identity denied and their liberty oppressed. What is more we will have to answer to the God who created them"

A spirited discussion of these quotes and their implications can be found at the Wild Reed Blog here.

Info re: Ratzinger's on the "physical" resurrection: "Thus the Resurrection cannot be a historical event in the same sense as the Crucifixion is. For that matter, there is no account that depicts it as such, nor is it circumscribed in time otherwise than by the eschatological expression 'the third day'" (Principles, p. 186).

Not sure if you are damning B16 here by his "friends" or attempting to praise him. But the facts show that modernists speak out of both sides of their (perverse) mouths.

Tancred said...

He was a problematic figure to be sure.

James said...

For a true prophet, look no further than Abp. Lefebvre. His warnings in 1989 about Muslim immigration were ignored, as were his criticisms of the Conciliar refashioning of Catholicism. He has been more than vindicated on both counts. He was a true prophet. And he is still being ignored by Rome, which has come up with this:

"Next month a hilltop square in Rome is due to be named Piazza Martin Lutero, in memory of Luther’s achievements. The site chosen is the Oppian Hill, a park area that overlooks the Colosseum.

The move has been six years in a making, following a request made by the Seventh-day Adventists, a Protestant denomination, Italian daily La Repubblica said. The original plan was to inaugurate the square in time for the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic trip to Rome in 2010. City officials were not able to discuss the process behind naming the square or the reason for the holdup.

Despite Luther being thrown out of the Catholic Church during his lifetime, the Vatican reacted positively to news of the square’s upcoming inauguration. “It’s a decision taken by Rome city hall which is favorable to Catholics in that it’s in line with the path of dialogue started with the ecumenical council,” said the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Vatican press office, referring to a gathering of churchmen to rule on faith matters.

The move contrasts sharply from views held by Luther around the time of his visit to Rome, when it was said he repeated the saying, “If there is a hell, Rome is built over it.”"

## To call this obscene is an understatement. It's equivalent to having the US Nazi Party in cahoots with Hamas to name a street in Jerusalem Adolf Hitler Boulevard. No Jew would tolerate such an enormity, and no Catholic should tolerate this one.

Piazza Marcel Lefebvre, OTOH, would be entirely appropriate, for he deserves the undying gratitude of the Church. Not that that will ever happen.

Anonymous said...

To us mere pew sitters it would appear that Cardinal Ratzinger, and presumably also as Pope B16, did not believe in the 'physical resurrection'. If so, why did he remain in the highest offices of the Church, and more importantly why did he expect us to remain members also!?

Dane said...

"And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. "

Guess he never read Corinthians 15.

Anonymous said...

Ratzinger praying w/female Lutheran as bishop & more after being pope (As a German sure reuniting w/Lutherans would be a big coup in his view). Guess that makes him prophetic now that Francis is bringin' on the protestants and women 'priests' "as they are".

Gabriel said...

Perhaps the most prophetic gesture made by Ratzinger/Benedict XVI was to abdicate the papacy.

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether that is the hill foretold by our Blessed Mother at Fatima.

Barnum said...

Prophets do not abdicate.

There was a resignation. Was there an abdication?

Tancred said...

Moses, Saint Celestine V, for starters... I'm sure I could think of more, but Benedict XVIs abdication certainly does not appear to be his finest hour.

Barnum said...

Moses abdicated? When and where?

St Celestine, to my knowledge, was not a prophet.

Please do think of more and let me know.

Tancred said...

Numbers 20:12 and St. Celestine was at least prophetic, but also by virtue of his saintliness, priest, king and prophet.

Barnum said...

N 20:12??? You gotta be kidding me, Tancred. A moment of doubt, of weakness, does not an abdication make.

And Celestine abdicated as Pope, not prophet. My whole point is that a prophet can't abdicate. Prophecy is a grace from the Lord, and can't be revoked, it is inherent to the personality. Offices aren't.

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