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

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Unbearable" Papal Populism and "Non-Catholic Thinking in Catholicity"

Brueger's the Blind Leading the Blind

(Rome) For the first time it has not been my lot to participate at St. Peter's Basilica in the public consistory with the CREATION of the new cardinals. I was not the only one.
Given the dismal decline of the faithful, even in the province, given the low point in the priestly and religious vocations, and given the silence at the Islamist massacre of Christians, lay and ordained, things have - shall we say - become extremely intolerable with the lean papal liturgies and their populist touch, which is stressed by the mass media (also Catholic).

Cleric harasses the Church with human "solutions" - and deadly for the faith

"Velociter currit ad finem" even if we trust as Catholics on the cleansing work that the Holy Spirit will also act on the dying Church, which is beset by those clerics who only propose human "solutions"  as they administer the  beleaguered believers administered with cocktails that are lethal to the faith, instead of bringing them the divine healing medicine.
One should mind his own front door, but one's right of residency is not served by  blindness. So instead of a European, I'm going to talk about a Latin American message that depresses me.  The Archdiocese of Cochabamba in Bolivia announces that the number of Bolivian secular priests  has shrunk in 20 years from 900 to the current 500. A country of nine million inhabitants, of which eight million are Catholics, there will be fewer priests than in the Diocese of Vicenza in northern Italy, from which comes the Acting Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
Some areas of Latin America have remained difficult   to access into the priesthood. Until 20 years ago, each year, there were 20 candidates in the seminary. In the past five years, there were on average only four. Ten years ago, the country had another 150 branches of women religious. Since then, 50  have closed down for lack of vocations. 20 years ago there were 50 male religious houses. Today there are still 20.

"When the Son of man returns to the earth will He still find faith?"

If I read sentences like these by Pope Paul VI.: "We are as a church on the way to a deep and global renewal. In order for this renewal to be truly catholic, they must intermesh all historical dimensions of the Church,"  I wonder what the Pope would be   led to say at this exact moment of such an assessment and what has become of this path. We experience in our own skin those clerics who are now so fashionable and lead the faithful to the abyss of loss of faith.[!]
From Paul VI. comes the sentence: "There is great unrest in the world of the Church and what is in question is the faith. So it happens that I find myself repeating  the dark sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Saint Luke, 'When the Son of man returns, think ye he will still find faith on earth " (Luke 18.8)?.
It happens, not only today, that books appear, in which  belief is in decline in important ways, and that the bishops are silent, and that many clergy and laity find nothing strange about it. This, however, seems strange.
Recently, I sometimes read what the Scriptures say about the last times and realize that some characters are recognizable. Are we near the end? We will never know.  [Till it happens] The Lord says we should always be ready. This has been true for almost 2000 years. It may be to the two thousandth anniversary of His death on the cross. It may take a very long time.

Rise of the non-Catholic thought unstoppable? - The small flock

What moves me these days and has kept me from the halls in Saint Peter's Basilica Consistory, is what moved  Paul VI. to say in his speech of September 8, 1977. "What moves me when I consider the Catholic world is that within  catholicity occasionally a thought seems predominant, that is not Catholic, and it may be that  non-Catholic thought within  catholicity will even be the strongest tomorrow." 
Looking back over the past fifty years, this thought seems inexorably to seize the Church step by step. The various attempts to counter this development have not  been to be averted, only delayed. These experiments were important and correct, but not consistent enough to shortness of breath, too superficial, too tolerant and even itself made sickly by non-Catholic thinking. On the other hand: How should a faithful priest or layman who wants the best, give more, if he himself does not understand it any better because of an incomplete and incorrect training or education?
Paul VI. 1977 ended his reflections with the words: How  strong might this non-Catholic thought  in the church be. "It will never represent the thinking of the Church. It is necessary that a small flock persists, be it ever so small."
Let us pray for the Church, for the Pope and for all the faithful.
Text: Traditio Catholica 
image: The Blind Leading the Blind by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1568), Naples
Trans: Tancred

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Theologians Have Approved Paul VI "Miracle": Dom Luigi Villa's Unanswered Criticism

Vatican Insider is reporting from its confidential sources that a miracle has been confirmed.  Theologians from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI earlier this week. The  “inexplicable” healing has been confirmed by the medical consultation headed by Professor Patrizio Polisca, who will have to be examined by the dicastery’s cardinals and bishops before receiving final approval from Pope Francis. If, as authoritative sources from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints tell Vatican Insider, these latest steps will be concluded quickly, and Montini could be beatified within the next few months.

The Postulator of the Cause, Fr. Antonio Marrazzo, had selected a special case from among many which early medical examinations described as “inexplicable”. On 20 December 2012, shortly before Benedict XVI’s historic resignation, he proclaimed the heroic virtue of Paul VI, concluding the canonical process. For Paul VI to be beatified, all that was needed was for one approved miracle. 

 The miracle which Marrazzo presented to the Congregation’s consultation involved the healing of an unborn child from  California in the early 90’s.  Doctors had found a serious defect in the fetus and high risk of brain damage which the surgery implied, they advised the mother to abort. The woman  decided to have the child, entrusting the fate of the child to the intercession of Paul VI, the Pope who wrote Encyclical  “Humanae vitae”  in 1968. She did so despite being told that without a shadow of a doubt her child would be born with serious physical and mental handicaps.

But the child was born with no defects. Doctors waited to see whether problems would arise during the child’s adolescence before confirming that the child was completely healed. The Postulator of the Pope Paul VI’s cause said this was an extraordinary and supernatural event which took place through the intercession of the late Pope. It was in line with his Magisterium and the contents of the “Humanae Vitae” encyclical, i.e. the defense of life, “but also the defense of the family, because that document discusses married love, not just unborn life. This healing is apparently in line with the Pope's teaching.”

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Romano Guadini, the Teacher, Bergolio (Sadly) Never Had

(Rome) in the official biography of Pope Francis, which the Vatican published after his election to the website of the Holy See, there is an inaccuracy which we have already pointed out months ago. Now, the Vatican expert Sandro Magister came back to it because the statement has not been corrected. It is: "In March 1986, he goes [Jorge Mario Bergoglio] to Germany to complete his dissertation."

The statement was interesting because the new Pope's stay in Germany is of particular interest. Many media outlets in the German speaking, therefore, broadcast the message widely in the first weeks after the election. The completion of a thesis at a German University had a familiarity with German culture, to suggest knowledge of local conditions and an especially a good knowledge of German. At least for 1986, this could be accepted. The self-amputation of German as a language of science is now so far advanced that this may not necessarily be assumed for the year 2013. It is now well known that Pope Francis speaks "only" Spanish and Italian.

The reason why Magister has returned to the inaccuracy, is a publication of the Osservatore Romano of the 19th of October, in which the information was still adjusted incorrectly. In reference to the publication of a book of the writings of Romano Guardini on Saint Bonaventure, a portion of the book presentation by Professor Silvano Zucal, Chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Trent was printed, which previously had appeared in the Catholic newspaper Avvenire.

"That really unprecedented fate of Romano Guardini is to have been a kind of 'master' to three popes. Paul VI. personally sponsored the first translations starting with the little book The Good, The Conscience of the Whole, which he recommended to his pupils of the Catholic University Youth Society. Benedict XVI. understood himself even as a kind of spiritual and intellectual disciple of the great thinker. And Pope Francis, finally, spent almost two years in Germany to read Guardini and study ... ".

In reality, as the Philosophical-Theological College St. George of the Jesuit Order in Frankfurt explained after the election of Pope Francis, Bergoglio came in 1986 for a short time actually to St. Georgen, "in order to discuss with some professors the project for a dissertation," which did not come to pass.

"It was not, nearly two years, 'but a few months'. And especially not a doctorate, not even close to the end, because the thesis was in the planning stages," said Magister.

He continued: "That Guardini could be regarded as a 'master' of Pope Bergoglio is a thesis that sounds very novel."

In the Civiltà Cattolica interview of Pope Francis, in which he devotes extensive space to his favorite authors, the name Guardini does not occur. Neither did he mention him in his other writings and speeches.

"Above all, there is a large distance between the point of view of Bergoglios and that of the great German-Italian theologian, both in the liturgy (On the other hand, where there is very strong influence on Joseph Ratzinger), and in the critique of modern society and the conception of personal conscience (which is the book Giovanni Battista Montini had translated, has nothing to do with the superficial definition of conscience in the letter of the Pope on St. Francis and then talking with Eugenio Scalfari). The work, which the Pope read and admired by Guardini, was The Lord . In that he thought to deepen his thinking, at which he then did not succeed," said Magister.

Text: Settimo Cielo / Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Settimo Cielo
Trans: Tancred


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cues of History -- Cardinal Siri About the Congruence of Progressivism and Relativism

(Genoa) In 1975  Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, Archbishop of Genoa (1946-1987) published in the  his diocese newspaper some thoughts on church development. The then 52-year old cardinal was in 1958 considered as the favorite and preferred successor of Pius XII. to the papal throne. In the conclave of 1963 he was the victim of Cardinal Montini, the future Pope Paul VI.
"[...] You read magazines and books that openly contradict what has defined the Council of Trent; accepted forms of thought that were explicitly condemned in the encyclical Pascendi of St. Pius X., condemned as much in his decree Lamentabili; rehabilitated Loisy; draws the historical value of the history books of the Scriptures in doubt, raises the destructive theories of Protestants like Bultman to a standard; listens indifferently to sets of authors beyond the Alps even if they attack the center of divine revelation, the divinity of Christ. If one rampantly circumvents the  principles, one naturally gets the ecclesiastical morals and discipline that one wants. Considered under this general perspective that progressivism is to treat the revealed truth as relative, to change it as soon as possible and to give man a freedom with which in a short time he knows not what he should do, and in the face of the Absolute. Once arrived on this line, “progressivism” is congruent with  "relativism" and nothing is left to the “adored" man, not even his hopes! Of course, not all people who are considered progressive, share these contexts. But they do accept the consequences and the logical conclusions of them, which they know nothing. If they have a fault - God will judge! - then it consists in not by asking why its what they fanatically take sides."
Cardinal Giuseppe Siri in the Rivista Diocesana Genovese January 1975.
Text: Cordialiter / Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Cordialiter
Trans: Tancred

Link to katholisches…

George Weigel’s writeup on Cardinal Siri strikes me as condescending. Frankly, I have a hard time reading anything this man writes.

Friday, March 12, 2010

He Introduced the Index of Forbidden Books

Paul VI in a conciliar delirium: The United Nations is the great school, where humanity is brought to peace.

-Fr. Luigi Villa

( On 20th March Paul VI received the Administrative Council of the 'Rotary Club'.

In a talk he explained, that the organisational form of this para-masonic organization and their methods were good, and the goals, the Pope maintained, were good.

On 4 October 1965 he spoke to the UN - General Assembly in New York and declared: "Gentlemen, you have achieved a great work. You teach men peace. The UN is the great school, where one receives this education."

Paul VI. even visited the abstract meditation room of the United Nations, which is consecrated (geweiht) to God, who men honor under many different names and forms .

The Old Was Disposed of

On 23 March 1963 Paul VI let the lay-Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey (+1988) bless a wall of Cardinals, Bishops and faithful.

On 14 June 1966, he abolished the Index Liborum with the notification "Post Litteras apostolicas".

Simultaneously, a de facto Index was reestablished according to liberalistic theology.

Primarily, the Roman Missal and the works of right believing Catholic Theologians landed on the list.

On 3 April 1969, Paul VI replaced the ancient Roman Missal with the constitution "Missale Romanum" and later with the constitution "Novus Ordo Missae", above all this was done, in order to please the protestants.

With the Motu Propio "Matrimonia mixta" he forged the solemn vow between non-Catholic marriage partners to inform their children of the Catholic Faith.

On 22 November 1970 he avoided Ingravascetem aetatem by the Motu Propio, "over eighty-year old Cardinals, participating in the conclave."

Later bishops upon reaching the age of 75 were forced to retire.

Thus the old bishops should be removed, who might obstruct the development of the Conciliar Church.

A Suction Tube?

With the instruction "Fidei custos", Paul VI permitted laymen to give Holy Communion with the unspecified pretext, "special circumstances and new necessities".

With the instruction "Memoriale Domini" he permitted the Episcopal Conferences of those countries to allow Communion in the hand with their permission, despite this being done already, illegally.

Still, briefly before, the Pope himself had condemned the practice because of the, "danger of profaning the Holy Eucharist," and for the reason of "pious respect for believers towards the Eucharist."

Paul VI signed also an Edict, which maintained, that under both forms, the Precious Blood could be consumed through a straw.

When he died, there were no Christian symbols to be seen on his coffin.

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