Showing posts with label Paul VI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul VI. Show all posts

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cardinal Re: "Paul VI. Had Prepared Two Letters of Resignation"

Cardinal Re and Cardinal Sodano (right) -- Today Deacon and
Subdeacon of the Cardinal Collegium -- Immediately After Pope Benedict's Resignation
(Rome) Had Pope Paul VI. already prepared for resignation? This is what Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re claimed in a long interview with the magazine Araberara, which was released yesterday.
The former prefect of the Congregation for the Bishops and the present Subdeacon of the Cardinal Collegium tells of "his" six popes, revealing a hitherto unknown detail.
Pope Paul VI, who ruled from 1963, died on 6 August 1978 of a heart attack. According to his closest collaborators, the abduction of his personal friend, the Italian Prime Minister and Christian Democrat politician Aldo Moro by the Communist Red Brigades (BR) had crushed him. The Pope had publicly offered himself to the terrorists as a hostage in exchange for Moro, but he was found murdered in a car on 9 May 1978.
Cardinal Re now revealed that Paul VI. had written two letters of resignation. The Cardinal does not make any connections. It is, however, to be assumed that they are directly related to the abduction of Moro and his readiness to be held hostage. Cardinal Re seems to be less concerned with the historical context, but with the current reference to a resignation of the Pope, which has been a subject of controversy since the unexpected resignation of Benedict XVI.
"At that time," said the Cardinal, church law did not foresee an apostate in the office of the Church, with the exception of the fact that the Cardinal's collegium assented to this. For this reason, Paul VI. wrote a letter of resignation, and sent a second letter to the Cardinal Dean, asking him to convince the Cardinal's collegium of the necessity releasing him from the Office.
Cardinal Re knew of these letters "because Pope John Paul II showed them to me."
The cardinal subdeacon  confirmed in the interview also a grueling stalemate, which was given in the two conclaves of the year 1978. Cardinal Secretary of State Giovanni Benelli and Cardinal Giuseppe Siri of Genoa were opposed to each other as opponents. Since neither Benelli nor Siri received sufficient votes to create the breakthrough, Patriarch Albino Luciani (John Paul I) and then the Archbishop of Krakow Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) were elected as pope.
John Paul I said Cardinal Re: "He wanted to meet me and told me that he thought the papacy was too great a burden."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Photo: (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Misgivings With the Current Causes of Saints -- and Their Absence

Or: Why Isn't Sister Lucia Beatified?

On October 10, 2014  the first part of the three-part essay by theologian and  writer  Wolfram Schrems "The  Unease with Current Causes of Saints - and Their Absence" was published. Due to recent cause for beatification of Pope Paul VI. (1963-1978)   the second part now follows.  [Last week]
by Wolfram Schrems *

The Circumstances of the Time During the Pontificate of Pope John XXIII : Confusion Enters  The Church at Top

The year late,  a Catholic Italian writer Eugenio Corti, unfortunately practically unknown in the German speaking world,  stated in his thousand-page masterpiece of the Red Horse (1983) the development of Italy from the interwar period to about the time of the Council. As an incorruptible observer and unwavering Catholic, he wrote the memorable words, after the death of Pope Pius XII., about the discrete beginning and mood soon increasing to open confusion in the Church:
"Perhaps the thing that should concern us most," said Apollonio, "the confusion that seems to infiltrate everywhere. Everyone is now applauding  the holy Pope John, and with good reason; but the unusual, even illogical thing is that he is praised by those people who shouldn't actually do it, the Communists   first of all."
"For them, there is only one thing that is really important, namely that the pope should lower his guard to any and all people in his love, especially to themselves."
"That's right. But, of course, it s in its openness implicitly included in calling for conversion to the Catholic Church."
"Yes, no doubt. But in the meantime, he makes drops his vigilance and that's all what they see as important. "(...)
Why worry excessively? At the time, the Catholic world benefited so obviously even from the enlightening effects of Pius XII's leadership. The Church's doctrine was still unambiguous and clear, and their truths so deeply rooted in the hearts of believers, that the idea of ​​an approaching crisis seemed really out of place.
And yet ...
(Eugenio Corti, Il Cavallo Rosso , Milan in 1983, The Red Horse , Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 3rd printing, 2002, 930f.)
We know what this ominous "and yet ..." should not imply anything - not least (in the context of the novel) the increase of one million votes for the Communist Party of Italy, after Pope John had received Khrushchev's daughter and son in law in the Vatican.
The four years of the pontificate of John XXIII. have seen objectively so much destroyed that his canonization must be confusing for a believer who applies the criterion of the good and bad fruits.
Cardinal Giuseppe Siri of Genoa, a great churchman and important theologian ( Gethsemani, 1980, the German translation in 1982, unfortunately, is very difficult to grasp) is often quoted as saying, the Church would need fifty years to recover from the wrong turns of this man (here after citing a typical uncritical Celebratory Article  for John XXIII.).
That Cardinal Siri would have been right, unfortunately could not be claimed fifty-one years after the death of Pope Roncalli.

The Next Scheduled Beatification Paul VI. - Of All Things!

If not a miracle, when this article appears, Pope Paul VI. will have been beatified.
How  one of the closest aides of his predecessor and eventually his successor came to be beatified, remains a mystery. The following is probably closest to true:
Obviously, this requires the Vatican a legitimation for the so-called "liturgical reform" of Pope Paul VI (1969 Missal, whose first edition had to be pulped but because of an open heresy).
This "reform" has indeed, for all have eyes to see, now proven to be a disaster. But it is one of the main projects of the conspiracy within the Church. Without such a conspiracy to assume the fanatical insistence on the failed reform and the relentless fight against the old Mass would be completely absurd.
The late  Italian priest Don Luigi Villa whose writings are easily found on the Internet ( Chiesa Viva , in English "Who is Don Luigi Villa": and German  ? "Who is Don Luigi Villa ; compare to Italian Magazine 463/2013 ), played, as can be read there, an important role in the delay of the first start-up for the beatification of Paul VI.
As far as I know the presentation of the facts by Don Villa, have no known  conclusive refutation. The author who is by no means one with an a priori negative attitude, Reinhard Raffalt,  has written Where is the Vatican Going? , Pieper, Munich 1973, collecting many observations of the policy of Pope Paul gave  evidence for the utmost confusion and concern.

Blessed Because of Humanae Vitae ?

Paul VI. with Sr. Lucia
Well-meaning, but not equipped with the necessary discernment, Catholics bring up the beatification of Pope Montini in a causal relationship with Humanae vitae .
This reasoning is, however, completely inconclusive. Because if it really is only Humanae vitae he has going, then soup is really too thin. This encyclical repeated essentially the traditional teaching, namely Casti connubii by Pope Pius XI. from 1930 ("But there is no reason, however  serious reason, which may become conformable to nature and something internally good, But since the conjugal act is of its nature something determined by the begetting of new life, so the acts those rob it intentionally of its completion, its natural force, act contrary to nature and do something disgraceful and inwardly immoral." II, 3, a), and, incidentally, that of the Council (" Yet in the excellence of this institution is not everywhere reflected with equal brilliance, since polygamy, the plague of divorce, so-called free love and other disfigurements have an obscuring effect.  In addition, married love is too often profaned by excessive self-love, the worship of pleasure and illicit practices against human generation. Gaudium et Spes 47, highlighting WS).
Thus, the moral theologian Eberhard Schockenhoff, who, for his justification of contraception recently on  appealed to "the Council"  without justification - like all others who do so, are inflated that you have to wonder if they are not aware how stupid it is.
But precisely: Should a pope be beatified in all seriousness just because he represented the Church's teaching in a point? You can see here the mosquito, and  overlook at the same time the elephant, namely the whole confusing quality of many papal pronouncements? Is  the disastrous ambiguity of the conciliar texts appreciated here? For the Pope is of course most responsible for himself! So it seems. It overlooks especially that Pope Paul has  not adequately appreciated the message of Fatima.

Pontificate a Complete Mishap - Where is the Salvation?

Pope Montini has even made evident towards the end of his life, that he was more and more dissatisfied with himself. The chilling footage speaks an eloquent language: A person who is not at peace with himself.
The whole pontificate will have to be described as an accident.
Pope Paul VI. was too much one of the typical optimistic modernists, the reality of evil was blatantly underrated and he believed they could negotiate everything in "dialogue".
In the course of this "dialogue", which incidentally was denied to concerned Catholics, the Pope has sacrificed the martyr Church of the East in some respects. The utopian humanistic ideals (according to the "integral humanism" of Jacques Maritain) had hidden the intrinsically negative nature of communism and other heresies, and brought the Pope to meet people with confidence, who were the sworn enemies of the Church.
Among the victims - depending on the detail to be considered background research -  of this treacherous policy, therefore, were the martyrs of the Soviet bloc, whose very existence  was somehow unpleasant for the Vatican Ostpolitik. 
We must, for the sake of fairness, mention experiences of Pius XII. himself - abandoned by the political powers and in caring for the Catholics in Germany - who could not afford a direct confrontation with the Nazi power. The intention of saving through negotiations, who could be saved, may be partially stood in the background of the later Ostpolitik.
But that does not justify the unacceptably friendly meeting of Pope Paul VI. with communist dictators and revolutionaries, whose hands were soaked with  blood. It also does not justify  the rudeness of Pope toward Christian statesmen who had thrown back the communist threat in a heroic manner, among whom are General Francisco Franco and President Antonio Oliveira de Salazar - while leaving off all mention of communism in critical votes of the Council,  even to the point of intrigue.  Because one consequence  this papal policy was a massive infiltration of Marxism into the Church and in the institutions of the West.
The Cardinals Josyf Slipyj, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Cardinal József Mindszenty, Archbishop of Esztergom and Hungarian Primate, were evidently enough not "dialogue partners" of Pope Paul and were transported shabbily into their retirements, which severely limited their  scope of action.
Russia had so obviously spread her errors into the internal space of the Church. To deny that would be pointless.
To my mind, such a policy contradicts the beatification. All the Vatican's Ostpolitik and its protagonists still await unreserved treatment. Without the "purification of memory" (John Paul II.), the papacy of the 20th century, will always be carried away by this entanglement. The pious whitewash of a beatification can not erase the facts. This will ferment underground further and create confusion.

A Trustworthy Witness Confirmed: The Inspiration of the Council and its Popes did not come from the Faith of the Church, but from the Outside

Töhötom Nagy 1935
Töhötom Nagy, 1935
One more should be added for some perhaps surprising illustration of the above ideas.
The Hungarian ex-Jesuit Töhötöm Nagy, who gave up the faith has been reduced to the lay state and was inducted into Freemasonry in Buenos Aires, writes in his highly interesting autobiography Jesuits and Freemasons , among other things:
"I would like to point with all due respect to the Second Vatican Council, in which we find delegates of various denominations. and that this causes  to "the Purity of the Catholic religion' not the slightest damage. Pope Benedict [XIV.] would have been hard pressed to issue his bull against the Masons if he had read through the miracle of John XXIII's Encyclical, Pacem in Terris; yes if he had seen only one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which 'calls all Catholics to better communicate with the Protestants, and to seek all viable means to remove the obstacles that block the path to Christian unity.'  These documents emphasize that religious freedom is a God-given right and that all people must be given the freedom to practice religion according to their conscience. There is a world of difference between the world of Benedict XIV., and Paul VI. The first condemned the Masonic precisely because of that to which the second all the world's Catholics encouraged "(483).
"Most [brothers in the lodge] expressed their hope in Paul VI. , and all recognized in John XXIII. as the man with the purest intentions of the recent past "(500).
Töhötöm Nagy, Jesuits and Freemasons , Frick Verlag, Vienna, 1969 (title of the span output, Y Jesuítas Masones', Buenos Aires, 1963;. from Spanish by Wolfgang Teuschl, Vienna)


If Ex-Father Nagy is no impostor and deceiver, but here is telling the truth, we have another reason to feel great discomfort with the raising of the collection of council popes to the altars. This is all happening too fast and too superficially. The vox populi has apparently not been consulted.

And the message of Fatima, which the Church has regularly recognized and in which the people have rooted theselves since the mid-60ies has been ignored to a great extent.
In the next part  some possible reasons for the utter silence on the  beatification of Sr. Lucia will be discussed.
* MMag. Wolfram Schrems , Linz and Vienna, Catholic theologian and philosopher, church sent a catechist
Image: Adorazione eucaristica / Wikicommons / Papale
Trans: Tancred
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bishop Synod Will End with the Beatification of Paul VI., the Pope of Humanae Vitae -- Partipation of Benedict XVI

(Rome) The current Extraordinary Synod of Bishops gathered in the Vatican concludes on October 19 with the beatification of Paul VI., The Pope of the encyclical Humanae Vitae . No document of the papal Magisterium of recent times created more hostility and brought open resistance and disobedience within the Church  as much as this encyclical. It represents the Church's response to the sexual revolution and was therefore anti-cyclical in open contradiction of the prevailing zeitgeist.
The sexual revolution had aimed at the disinhibition of sexual impulses, the targets were apparently taboo sexual behaviors, perversions and identity disorders. The ideological currents behind it, which provided the theoretical framework and pushed forward the enforcement may be named exactly. They are located in the left-wing spectrum, whether left-libertarian or Marxist, supported by "sexologists" who themselves suffered from perverse sexual pathologies.

Encyclical Humanae vitae: Response to Sexual Revolution

However, the core of the sexual revolution was the birth control pill, which sought to separate the sexual act between man and woman from conception and intruded in the relationship between the sexes, shook  marriage and the family. Its biggest promotion was experienced through the often racist ideologues of population control. Pope Paul VI. however, affirmed the openness of the sexual act for the transmission of life and thus the ban on contraceptives.
The encyclical is often referred to as "prophetic". Firstly, because it came in conflict with the spirit of the times. On the other hand, because it was written in opposition to the more common attitude in the Church that sought an arrangement with the prevailing zeitgeist and wanted to allow artificial contraception. A recommendation that was pronounced by both of the commissions appointed for its study by John XXIII and of  Paul VI..
The episcopate of the German-speaking world following the publication of the encyclical was in 1968, in open rebellion and refused obedience in the Königstein (Germany), Mariatroster (Austria) and Solothurn (Switzerland) Declarations. The above statements have not been lifted to this day. The reasoning behind it reminds me strangely of those of Cardinal Kasper to the weakening of the marriage sacrament: the gap between "practice in life" of the people and Church doctrine, which should be overcome by adapting the teaching to the practice. And the German episcopate is found again in the footsteps of disobedience as already in 1968's disobedience brings forth new disobedience?

Benedict XVI. participates in the beatification of the Pope, who created him a Cardinal

Meanwhile,  emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. has made it known that he will participate at the beatification of Paul VI. He participated at the end  of April in the canonization of his predecessor John Paul II., and John XXIII.
Paul VI. created Jospeh Ratzinger, then archbishop of Munich-Freising, Cardinal. The recognized miracles, with which the beatification process was completed successfully, relates to the healing of an unborn child early 90s in California.The doctors who discovered a serious health problem in the fetus, the young mother, recommended as the only remaining solution, to kill the child by abortion.
The mother refused and instead trusted in Divine Providence. As an advocate, they turned to Paul VI. because of his encyclical Humanae vitae for the protection of human life.

Approved Wonder Reaffirms Defense of Life

The child was born without problems and completely healthy. Meanwhile, the child without health complaints has come into adulthood. The postulator for the beatification process called the healing in "accordance with the Magisterium" of the Pope. A miracle in the "defense of life, family and marriage", which is dedicated to the encyclical. Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who was just returned by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Valencia in Spain, former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, told Info Vaticana that the Positio of Paul VI. was the most impressive was that he had read in his life.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: InfoVaticana
Trans: Tancred

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cardinal Maradiaga: "One May Also Criticize This Pope, But With Love"

(Rome) since Monday morning the C8 Cardinal Council will be meeting for the third time. Cardinal Maradiaga, the coordinator of the Council has also said in advance that one may criticize "this Pope, but with love."
Pope Francis appointed  eight Cardinals in April 2013  to consult with them in regarding the reform of the Curia and the leadership of the Church. Their meeting  will last until Wednesday evening. On Thursday  a four-day meeting of the entire College of Cardinals begins. The first two days as a regular, then as an extraordinary consistory with the inclusion to the College of newly appointed cardinals by the Pope.
Ahead of the meeting  C8 Cardinal Maradiaga has confirmed what was already suspected: "We will listen to the commission for Vatican Bank IO and economic affairs" (see separate report Vatican intensive: C8 Council and Consistory for "Hot" Topic of the Family ).
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras is the coordinator of the C8 Council.  According to the media, he has recently been referred to as "Vice-Pope" because he has been particularly self-assured as the coordinator since the election of Pope Francis and his appointment.
"The work of our Commission have begun in October. It is a serious job to be accomplished, which is why one must have patience. It is a work that will bring its fruits, but a hasty society must have patience. The things of the Lord will take time," said the cardinal  in an interview for Tgcom24 . "Even the Pope has said that we should live according to the words of the New Testament. Therefore, we have to work with discretion. This means that it is necessary to listen, to pray, to converse and then decide. We are in this process," said Maradiaga.
The Honduran cardinal was asked whether one should criticize "this pope"  because of  some issue. "I remember a lot of Pope Paul VI. He took the view that one can criticize the Church, but like a child criticizes his mother. In the same way, I thnk you can criticize this pope, but with love," said Cardinal Maradiaga. 
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: AsiaNews
Trans: Tancred

Edit: We couldn't find this article translated at yet, so here it is, but with a note.  Not to be contentious, but we noticed that Paul VI may not have minded criticism of the Church so much, however intemperate and unrealistic it was, but he hated being criticized, even gently:

Then the Holy Father said to me, further:
"It is true, is it not, that you condemn me?" 
I had the strong impression that it all came back rather to his person, that he was personally hurt: 
"You condemn me, so what ought I to do? Must I hand in my resignation and let you take my place?" 
"Oh!" I put my head in my hands. 
"Holy Father, do not say such things. No, no, no, no!" I then said: 
"Holy Father, let me continue. You have the solution of the problem in your hands. You need say only one word to the bishops: receive fraternally, with understanding and charity all those groups of traditionalists, all those who wish to keep the prayer of former days, the sacraments as before, the catechism as before. Receive them, give them places of worship, settle with them so that they can pray and remain in relation with you, in intimate relation with their bishops. You need say only one word to the bishops and everything will return to order and at that moment we shall have no more problems. Things will return to order. As for the seminary, I myself shall have no difficulty in going to the bishops and asking them to implant my priests in their dioceses: things will be done normally. I myself am very willing to renew relations with a commission you could name from the Congregation of Religious to come to the seminary. But clearly we shall keep and wish to continue the practice of Tradition. We should be allowed to maintain that practice. But I want to return to normal and official relations with the Holy See and with the Congregations. Beyond that I want nothing.”