Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Case of the Vanishing Preface of Benedict XVI

Where's the Preface?
(Rome) The defenders of the Catholic doctrine of marriage and family are currently facing a bitter wind of late. Pressure  is exerted on publishers who have published their books in defense of the marriage sacrament. Books for the defense of the Catholic marriage and morality, on the way to the synod at the Vatican disappear . Public attacks against the Cardinals, who oppose the Kasper proposal approved by Pope Francis to damage their reputation. Law suits and dismissals.
How much of this is anticipatory obedience, and how much  is a direct order from above, can not be said easily. There is much to indicate a firm command center around Pope Francis. You have a goal in mind and wants to achieve in October 2015. In the background is the rich German church has increased its pressure on Rome. Cardinal Reinhard Marx sent word that Germany can change church practice by itself, should Rome buck the synod again as in October 2014. Marx is a shadow Pope in Munich? In argentinian Rome one wants, were it not for the annoying "conservatives", who do not want to comply to progress.
Among them is the African Cardinal Robert Sarah. The French publisher Fayard submitted a conversation book by Cardinal Sarah in recent days. In it we find the statement: "The idea to leave the profession of doctrine in a pretty box and thus detaching it  pastoral practice, and then, depending on the circumstances,  may develop according to the fashions and passions, is a form of heresy, of pathological schizophrenia. I solemnly affirms that the Church of Africa will oppose any form of rebellion against the Magisterium of Christ and the Church."

A book with a mystery

A book that provides a mystery. The publisher announced it with a "Letter to Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus." And already the front page of the book is published (see picture). Benedict XVI. but is now gone. The book was published without the preface by him. "In all likelihood, Benedict XVI had. written the preface, which was provided for the book, the title page otherwise would not have been designed with the book notice and may have been used for advertising," said Benoit et moi . Why the preface was withdrawn, remains a mystery. "What politically correct ideas gained the upper hand in the publishing house of Fayard to consider the publication of a preface to the Pope Emeritus in the new book unwise?" asked Benoit et moi with the hope that Cardinal Sarah would make public the preface written by Benedict XVI.
The reasons for the missing preface must of course not lie with the French publisher. What remains for the time being, is the suspicion that pressure and intimidation to school those whose defense of Catholic doctrine and order are denounced as "attacks" against the Pope.
Cardinal Sarah has worked 22 years as archbishop of Conakry in Guinea. He knows how to deal with difficult situations without immediately losing his nerve. His predecessor had been imprisoned by the then ruling Guinea Communists for nine years. In 2001 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II. to Rome, who then made ​​him Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples . In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and  created him the same year a cardinal. Pope Francis at the end of 2014 appointed him as the new Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship . As he was seeking for a successor to Cardinal Canizares,  the Ratzingerianer in origin, and for to be of use in the context of the Church's need for the black African with a serious expression. The determinant seems that after the verbal gaffe by Cardinal Walter Kasper at the synod, Pope Francis endeavored  gestures of good will towards black Africa. The Presidency of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has since been vacant, which is foreseen in the proposed amalgamation of the Pontifical Councils as part of the reform of the Curia.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Benoit et moi (montage)
Trans: Tancred


  1. Benedict's preface probably got lost in the post.

  2. Maybe Cardinal Sarah had publication of the 'preface' stopped in order to avoid any suggestion of disloyalty to Pope Francis.

    I believe that Cardinals Sarah and Pell excused themselves from celebrating Masses in the usus antiquior at a Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Rome last year sometime I recall.

  3. Maybe Cardinal Sarah for prudence sake didn't include the preface after all, for a greater good. He knows Pope Francis would take revenge. Maybe Pope Benedict XVl warned him not to add his preface as he must know Francis very well by now.

    1. Take revenge on who?...Benedict? What's he gonna do....make him resign?

    2. Or dump all the Vatileaks stuff in the media.

    3. Take revenge on Card. Sarah.

      If the FFI, for no reason at all, can be subdued, the Pope Emeritus's preface could easily get Card. Sarah and his territory on Pope Francis' *hit list.

    4. Oh, there were lots of reasons to destroy the FFI: Complete orthodoxy, pious traditional practices, teaching people the true Faith and moral law, many conversions to a strong practising Faith, many vocations to priesthood and religious life - spreading the Faith, converting people, carrying out the mission of the Church!!!

    5. In a 2013 Rorate comment...

      Mgr Andrew Wadsworth said...
      In this very specific case, I think it has to be borne in mind that the Franciscans of the Immaculate were not founded as an EF community. Their founder Fr Stefano Manelli imposed the EF after Summorum Pontificum. Some of their friars in parishes were understandably very unhappy about this for pastoral reasons and it was clearly something they had not foreseen or chosen and was imposed in many cases without adequate catechesis or preparation. It now appears that they have succeeded in making their grievance heard in Rome and overturning the decision of their Superior General.
      29 July, 2013 15:51

    6. Gabriel, then Fr Manelli imposing the EF was the reason why Fr Volpi lied and slandered him and his family?
      If there were some friars displeased by the EF, they would have rather to leave the FFI than to trigger the carpet bombing of their order by Volpi.
      Unless the EF was deemed in the high circles too harmful for the friar's faith, who knows?
      Summorum Pontificum bestowed every priest to say the EF mass without even having to inform his bishop.
      It is pure tyranny. So far as I know the Motu Proprio wasn't abrogated until now.

  4. Oh yeah....C. Sarah's in his sights, but he knows how tricky that come down on a black African Cardinal would read REALLY badly for him, and we know that he's very, very aware of, and zealous about, his public image.

  5. No, Gabriel, the Mass of the Ages was not imposed by Fr Manelli. All changes to the liurgical practices were passed in plenary meeting according to the Constiution of the Institute. And nothing could ever justify the evil that has been done onto the Institute. One could never have imagined such evil could be done to a holy Institute following the Faith and moral law, with great zeal and abundant fruits, by the Holy See. Abominable. Blessed Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle . . .

    1. Your contest is clearly with Monsignor Wadsworth. He seems very sure of his ground.

    2. If he said the Immemorial Mass of All Ages was "imposed", he's lying. Both forms were offered and priests could opt out if they wished.

      The level of dishonesty from the FFIs detractors is worthy of the best days of Stalin's tyranny.

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