Thursday, September 29, 2016

Schönborn: No Understanding Why There is Resistance Against Pope Francis

Cardinal in prayer for peace in the cathedral: People are grateful world that Francis "exemplifies the Gospel", within the church, there are hostile - Call for "patience" for Vatican ruling on Medjugorje

Vienna (kath.net/KAP) Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has expressed shock at the resistance from Church circles against Pope Francis: "It hurts me that he faces so much hostility - within the Church. What is this? He is the successor of Peter! He's the pope!" said the Archbishop of Vienna on Tuesday in his homily during the Medjugorje prayer of peace, "Message for you" in the cathedral. Many people in the world are grateful for the witness of Pope Francis. "For his kindness and his love for the poor and the fallen. It is the gospel that he teaches us," said Schönborn.  To learn that the Pope is receiving "so much resistance" from his own ranks, was completely incomprehensible to him. It is important to pray for the Pope.

Regarding the so far not carried out confirmation by the Vatican for the alleged [and heretical] Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, the Cardinal called on the faithful to be patient. You should "persevere and remain faithful in prayer and intercession," said Schönborn, and continued: "I think to myself, God knows why he is linked to Medjugorje, so patience requires of us thus our heart is willing.. " As one of the positive consequences of the events of Medjugorje, Schönborn described the emergence of numerous prayer groups around the world and also in Austria. It was particularly noteworthy that these groups since their inception in the 1980s - the Viennese Dominican Church was then a starting point - would largely continue to exist to this day, said the Archbishop of Vienna. 

The Medjugorje prayer groups were the focus of this year's Peace Prayer again with around  4,000 believers who had come to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Currently I am tempted to link the dozens existing groups in Austria with each other more, explained Christian Stelzer of the prayer community "Oasis of Peace", who had organized the prayer for peace.

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Enzo Bianchi's Eleventh Commandment: "Love the Earth as Yourself"


(Rome) "We have a new religion: It has just been invented by Enzo Bianchi," said Antonio Gurrado in the daily Il Foglio . The reason behind the "invention of a new religion" is the international Slow Food event "Salone del Gusto", which was held this last Monday in Turin.
The "new religion" is not the result of a revelation, but of "two convictions" by Enzo Bianchi, which he "announced" in the special supplement of the newspaper on September 16, La Stampa 11th Salone del Gusto of Terra Madre. The first conviction was "a sort of eleventh commandment" and reads: "Love the earth as yourself". The second conviction was the realization that the best way to love your neighbor, was to cook well for him.
"I wonder"; asks Guarrado "whether Enzo Bianchi is really convinced that the earth is a deity." Bianchi seems to think of the earth as a "creator deity," as a "mental deity" thank to think of him as a "revenge deity".  Bianchi wrote for the Turin Slow Food event of a "vital relationship between man and nature," the fact that "our inner life of the earth is no stranger," and: "God always forgives, but the earth never forgives."

The "eleventh commandment" really has it all. Jesus taught that men should love one another as themselves. Bianchi's "new commandment" does not speak either of loving God or neighbor, but the earth.
Bianchi knows his "conviction" is novel. "Love the earth as yourself, and the earth will reward you."
Enzo Bianchi  describes himself as the prior of a community of monks of the "Monastery of Bose". but Bianchi is neither prior nor monk but a layman who heads an "ecumenical grassroots group" he founded, called "Monastery of Bose". This isn't changed by the fact that Bianchi occasionally appears in a [creepy] cowl.
He and his "monastic community", which does not exist according to canon law,  represents a progressive adogmatic direction in the Church, which represents a horizontal, anthropocentric Christianity. The only way to "salvation",  says the Catholic historian Cristina Siccardi, "is for Bianchi a demagogic search for peace and an illusory universal friendship and secular solidarity."  In this sense, Bianchi is a media favorite.
The former Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University described Bianchi in 2012 as a "false prophet" and spoke of "atheist monks".
Pope Francis appointed Bianchi on 22 July 2014 as Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity .
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Cardinal Ruini's Mission to Pope Francis: "In seeking after lost sheep, do not put the faithful sheep in danger"

Cardinal Camillo Ruini's Mission to Pope Francis: Praying to
the Lord, that the papal quest for the lost sheep does not cause
difficulties for the faithful sheep

(Rome) The Corriere della Sera published an extensive interview yesterday with Camillo Cardinal Ruini. The occasion was the publication of his new book C'è un dopo? La morte e la speranza (Is There a Thereafter? Death and the Hope) published by Mondadori. At the end of the interview the cardinal made a statement, "which has to do with the big question mark over the current pontificate," reports the daily newspaper Il Foglio :



"I ask the Lord that the indispensable search for the lost sheep does not trouble the conscience of the faithful sheep."
The petition expresses the wish that the misleading and ambiguous gestures and words of the reigning Pope for the benefit the non-believers, do not give rise to misunderstandings and overlook the faithful. The search for lost sheep should not lead to bringing the faithful sheep in danger.
This refers to spontaneous statements made by Francis for the press like those on (Islamic) terrorism, which is nothing compared to wars. Or the equally irritating statement about baptized Christians, who "kill" their mother-in-laws, and therefore are not much better quality than those two Islamic jihadists who,  during Holy Mass, ritually slit the throat of a Catholic priest at the altar in Rouen and  then decapitated him.
Cardinal Ruini's plea expressed concern that such irritating papal messages will probably not lead those who are distant to the faith, but are more likely to hurl the faithful into confusion and give rise to more or less intense, internal Church disputes and conflicts. This will not revive the ever apathetic acting Church in the West, but rather keep it from a renewal, says Il Foglio .

Kardinl Ruini with Cardinal Müller (right)

"The words of Ruini make another observation: The daily revolution triggered by the Bishop of Rome  - always seems more inclined to engage in a dialogue with the non-Catholic world and not always to exhort the Catholics with fatherly tone - causes discomfort which is detected not only by columnists or so-called nostalgic traditionalists, but also by many Catholics who have no Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas lying on their bedside table. Ruini's gloss is an indication of a lack of orientation, with which   the Italian episcopate dully stammers forward, which Ruini knows best, even now, where its fresh forces were grafted who are close to the new course, the search for shepherds with the smell of sheep," said Matteo Matzuzzi, the Vatican expert of Il Foglio .
Cardinal Ruini was the closest collaborator of Pope John Paul II. In Italy.  From 1991-2008 he was Cardinal Vicar of Rome and at the same time from 1991-2007, President of the Italian Bishops' Conference. Ruini's rise in the Church began when the then auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Reggio Emilia and Guastalla in 1985 delayed the post-conciliar "swing" in Loreto at the second Italian "Church Congress", where he boldly countered the then progressive majority in the Italian episcopate, which was included then leading Cardinals, Anastasio Ballestrero OCD and Carlo Maria Martini SJ and the young Bruno Forte, who was then allowed to make the introductory speech, much as Cardinal Walter Kasper at the Cardinal Consistory in February 2014. Ballestrero was confirmed by Pope Paul VI. In 1977, as  President of the Episcopal Conference. Ruini had taken a turn against the prevailing progressive majority within the Church  which Pope John Paul II initiated and which was rejected by the progressives as "an atttempt at restoration."  Already that year, Ruini was appointed by John Paul II as General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Evangelical Church in Germany Suffering Dramatic Clergy Shortage

Edit: if only the Lutheran Church would turn back the clock and have a celibate clergy, perhaps they might not be having a vocations crisis?

The number of evangelical theology students fell in less than 25 years from 26,000 to 2,400

Travemünde (kath.net) the shortage of clergy in Germany is apparently not a purely intra-Catholic problem. Even the Protestant churches are threatened with a dramatic shortage of clergy, as the evangelical news agency "idea" reports. The number of evangelical theology students has been alarmingly low, said the President of the Federation of Protestant pastors in Germany, Andreas Kahnt (Westerstede / Oldenburg) in the context of the German Pastor Day in Travemuende. According Kahnt there were 26,000 students of Protestant theology in 1986; currently there are about 2,400, reported "idea." Compared to the impending retirement of baby boomer pastors, this number is not sufficient, says Kahnt.

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Photo: Fine Art America
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Monday, September 26, 2016

40 Years of Hand Communion in Spain -- "An Unhappy Anniversary in Spain"

Communion on the Tongue: Since the introduction of
hand Communion forty years ago in Spain -- an "unfortunate anniversary"

(Madrid) 40 years ago, Communion in the hand was allowed in Spain on March 18, 1976, the Secretariat of the Spanish Bishops' Conference published in a recent press statement. It was explained that the Holy See, at that time ruled by Pope Paul VI., had upheld a petition by the Episcopal Conference. The Episcopal Conference granted the option, in addition to the ordinary form of receiving  Communion, kneeling on the tongue, to allow Communion in the hand in Spain. 



They said:
"The Holy See granted the practice of Communion in the hand in Spain by decree of the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, adopted on 12 February 1976. The permission was at the request of His Eminence Cardinal Vincente Enrique y Tarancon, Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, where, who by a letter of 23 January in accordance with the XXIII Plenary Assembly of the Spanish Bishops' Conference, which reached an agreement in a meeting which took place from December 15th to the 20th  in Los Negrales,  addressed the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship. 

The  permission was made in accordance with the standards of the letter of the Sacred Congregation of the President of the Episcopal Conferences, the preamble of which states that each bishop may, at his wisdom and his conscience, allow this kind of Communion in his diocese.'
The authorization does not displace the practice of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, but also leads to the existence of a new type. In future, the faithful going to Communion may decide to receive Communion on the tongue, as in the past, or on the hand."
Furthermore,  the Episcopal Conference stressed that Pope Paul VI. with the instruction Memoriale Domini stipulated about the kinds of Communion of 28 May 1969 that the "centuries-old custom"  of receiving Communion on the tongue is not changed. "At the same time he granted the episcopal conferences the opportunity to consider whether it was appropriate, due to some special circumstances, in addition, to offer Communion in the hand," said the Spanish Episcopal Conference, which made use of this "opportunity" in 1976.
"An unhappy anniversary for Spain," wrote Secreteum meum mihi, referring to the crisis of faith, which was accompanied by the introduction of Communion in the hand. Unlike Pope Paul VI's stipulation,  there was a systematic suppression of receiving Communion while kneeling on the tongue. For decades, the vast majority of all first communicants were forced to receive Communion in the hand. Only rarely is the ordinary form of the Communion reception, Communion on the tongue, ever mentioned. Hand Communion could be abolished at any time, or even prohibited, but not Communion on the tongue. In fact, however, the opposite impression has reigned in recent decades.

Queen Sophia during Communion, 2010 in Barcelona

Sophia Margarita Victoria Friederika of the House of Glücksburg and Hannover, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Princess of Greece and Denmark, known by Spaniards as Sophia of Greece for short, since 1975 Queen of Spain - whose title she retained even after the abdication of her husband King Juan Carlos I  -, forced Communion in the hand on 7 November 2010 from Pope Benedict XVI, although this practice was abolished at Papal Masses in 2008.  At Holy Mass in the Church of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a kneeler was erected to receive Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue for the faithful. The Queen was obviously of a different sensitivity than the Pope. The behavior of a queen should not only draw attention in the national media, she should be an exemplary figure as a role model. It's all the more amazing because of the origin of the queen. Before her marriage to the inheritor of the Spanish throne,  her family belonged to the Greek Orthodox Church, who only know  Communion on the tongue.
The number of believers who desire Communion on the tongue has increased again in the past year. It's not desired everywhere. In some places Communion is denied, or the faithful will be snapped at by priests, as so happened even at the Requiem Mass of Bishop Kurt Krenn in February 2014 in the Cathedral of St. Pölten.
Believers who kneel for Communion may disrupt a smooth reception of Communion and waste time, they say. The offering and reception of the Body of Christ on the tongue is considered incidental and  a waste of time, so say critics that not only hold the "meal-theology" in the "spirit of the Council" which led not only served toward the desacralization of Communion, but has added to the harm of belief in real presence.
Inspired by the example of Benedict XVI. a Spanish priest broke the taboo on Communion and refuted the platitude that Communion kneeling   was "obsolete" and interested "no one" any more. He established an equality between the two forms of the reception of Communion in his parish. Here the faithful lined up in two lines, one for Communion in the hand, and for the other line, a communion rail. He explained to the faithful his plan. He ask each to chose according to his sensibility for the corresponding line. Within a short time it was found that more than half of the visitors on Sunday Masses preferred the ordinary posture, kneeling and receiving Communion on the tongue. There was no sign of this half taking this option in previous years. During weekday Masses almost all receive Communion on the tongue.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: parrocchie.it/Youtube (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rest in Peace Paul Likoudis

A devoted Catholic journalist has completed his earthly pilgrimage. Paul Likoudis, news editor for The Wanderer Catholic newspaper from 1990 to 2014, died Sept. 22 at age 61 after a lengthy battle with cancer. (I contributed articles to The Wandererprimarily from 2000 to 2005.)

I've referenced Paul's work several times in this column over the last 12 years. The amount of material he collected and wrote during the course of his career was, and is, remarkable. Paul wasn't afraid to take on heterodox bishops, priests and religious, while at the same time promoting Catholic orthodoxy. He deserves praise for exposing church corruption in the years prior to 2002, when the clergy sex abuse scandal exploded in the secular mainstream media.

Paul had his critics, but he clearly cherished the Catholic faith. He will be missed. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family. Below is an obituary for Paul.

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/160925

Assisi and the Absent Prefect of the CDF: 1986 Ratzinger, 2016 Müller


(Rome) The images are repeated with shifted accents. In 1986 Pope John Paul II attended  the first World Prayer Meeting Religions for Peace to Assisi that was organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio. The prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, his closest collaborator, refused and remained in Rome.
In 2016 Pope Francis attended the 30th world prayer meeting in Assisi. The prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, remained in Rome. Those present did not notice the absence. Anyway, it seems, in contrast to 1986, to have disturbed no one,  the least of all, Pope Francis.
Cardinal Müller took a position in his own way to the battery of problems by taking a position on the issue in Assisi. He traveled to Regensburg for another anniversary. Ten years ago, on 12 September 2006,  Benedict XVI. held his historic Regensburg speech about the unity of faith and reason, with two specific areas: western relativism and Islam.
Cardinal Müller described the speech as his "finest hour"."Prophetic"  where Benedict XVI. analyzed Western society in crisis and Islamic terrorism.
Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, saw the matter differently and distanced himself. "I do not identify myself with the words of the Pope," he did this through his press spokesman Don Guillermo Marco for Newsweek. When a Pope does not recognize the "values of Islam," he destroys in twenty seconds, that which was built in the last twenty years, was his indictment of the Regensburg speech by Benedict XVI.
The Vatican was not pleased with this stab and demanded an explanation. Bergoglio was to distance himself from his the statements or those by his press secretary. The primate of Argentina was ready to do neither to do one nor the other. Half a year later, as even the Argentine government criticized Marco for something else, the speaker was been replaced. Officially,  the archdiocese spoke of a "restructuring in the press" of the archdiocese "to optimize the relations with the media." Bergoglio had not distanced himself from his criticism of the Regensburg speech.
Guillermo Marco, whose star remained undimmed with his superior, now elected pope, at the beginning of 2016, appeared in the first and most controversial "video of the Pope."  The video caused outrage because of its syncretistic message that Marco made even stronger in an interview with " abstruse theories." Whith that, we come full circle to Assisi IV.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Every Third Muslim in France Fits a "Radical Profile"

Islamization of France
(Paris) One in three Muslims in France have a "radical profile". This is the result of an IFOP study yesterday published in Le Journal du Dimanche. Thus, there is in France between two and three million "radical Muslims".

In France  there lives, followed by the Federal Republic of Germany, the largest Islamic community in the West.The exact number of Muslims is not known, since the state does not perform a census of religious affiliation. This was abolished in the wake of mass immigration to - as critics claim -  to make less visible the the remodeling of the population. For this reason, there are different estimates. Islamic organizations say there are between 6-9 million Muslims. Government and politicians tend to downplay the number. The study itself incomprehensibly points to 3-4 million Muslims. The assumed "consensus" until recently, is that there are five million Muslims in France, is regarded by experts as outdated.
The study firmly represents a radicalization trend among young Muslims. The group of "radical Muslims" is relatively young. 84 percent are under 50. Their average age amounts to 35.8 years. The lesson is: the younger, the more radical. The re-Islamization is also a generational issue.
The authors of the study emphasize the "successful integration" of a "majority" of Muslims. The "radical" third is to some extent an inevitable byproduct. Despite this "politically correct" interpretation, the study reveals worrying findings.
Around 50 percent of Muslims living in France today were born in France and therefore are French citizens by birth. Overall, 74 percent of all Muslims living in France have French citizenship. For 66 percent of them, Islam plays an important role.
According to the study, the younger generation of Muslims follow the Islamic rites and rules more stringently and fervently than the older generation. The polling firm IFOP interviewed 1,029 Muslims about Islam, from the veiling of women and halal food.
28 percent were in favor of polygamy and the actual complete veiling for women.
Especially high is the proportion of radicals among young Muslims. 70 percent of young women are to wear the headscarf, 28 percent for the full-body veiling. Among the young, male Muslims, they are 58 and 20 percent respectively.
According to the study, one third attends Friday prayers in the mosque, another third on special feast days, one-third do not go to the mosque.
Text: Andreas Becker
Image: muzulmania (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Immemorial Rite: Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Entrusted With Parish Work in Naples

Church of the Confraternity of Mary, Help of Christians, in Naples
(Rome) Naples archbishop, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, has commissioned the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS) the task of celebrating the Immemorial Mass of All Ages in the diocese and to take over the pastoral care of the faithful of the old rite.
The celebration of Holy Mass will take place Sunday and Feasts at at  6 o'clock in the Church ofthe  Arciconfraternita Santa Maria del Soccorso, the Archconfraternity of Mary Help of Christians, in the district of Arenella. The church is not to be confused with the parish church, which is a few meters away.
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has sent two canons, Father Louis Valadier and the new priest, Father Florian Braun to Naples to meet with the Archbishop's request. Today, on the feast of Saint Januarius, the patron of Naples, the two priests took up their pastoral work.
With the appointment of the priests also ends the previous summer break in the celebration in the traditional rite, which was set for two months. It's a victory, and the faithful are very relieved as the Coetus Fidelium of Naples has announced.
The new Canon was ordained in 2012 for the Institute of Christ the King. Most recently he was scholastic and choirmaster at order's own seminary in Gricigliano in Tuscany. Canon Florian Braun is a very new priest, who was ordained last July along with another ten candidates for the Institute of Christ the King and Higher Priest.
The Church of the Confraternity was, after the publication of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum to become the home of the faithful of the Roman Rite. The church is located in its pristine state. In contrast, the high altar dating from 1607 was demolished in the nearby parish church during the post-conciliar liturgical reform.
In the city there are three more Mass locations in the traditional rite according to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Nowhere, unfortunately is the traditional rite allowed at a reasonable time on Sunday morning.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
picture: Francesco De Filippo (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Is Benedict XVI the Last Pope? "Everything is Possible," says Benedict himself.

Is Benedict XVI the Last Pope?
(Rome) "Who is Pope today and how many are there exactly?"  Italian journalist Antonio Socci, who is known by his accentuated criticism of Pope Francis asked on Saturday in his publication for the daily  Libero. General confusion reigns in the Church, and the new interview book by Benedict XVI., "The Last Conversations,"  instead of clearing away the fog, adds to it.
Socci had questioned 2014/2015 the validity of the election of Pope Francis. He has more recently distanced himself from this thesis though, yet he doesn't seem to have given it up so completely. The still surprising resignation of Benedict XVI, still disturbs him and other Catholics too.  It's an inner restlessness that is constantly fueled  anew by the pontificate of Francis.
In the new article, Socci has occupied himself once more with the validity of the official renunciation of Benedict and its even more surprising step, to introduce a previously completely unknown figure of "emeritus pope."  Is Benedict still Pope? How can there be two popes? These questions not only arise to Socci, as leading canonists have warned of the introduction of this figure. Such things were raised by Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, a close confidant of Benedict XVI., who does not approve of the step in the "retirement." Therefore, the cardinal warned last July against the institutionalization of a "papa emeritus", also because there are groups in the Church, who still hold Benedict for the legitimate pope, and thus is a dangerously explosive force with the risk of schism in the air  (see Cardinal Brandmüller: Figure of an "Emeritus" Pope poses "Serious Risks" for Unity of the Church in German).

 The Most Curious Detail

"I start with the most curious detail," says Socci. Peter Seewald asked Benedict XVI. if he knew the prophecy of Malachi, who allegedly created a list of all future popes until the end of the world in the Middle Ages. According to this list the papacy, and therefore the Church, would end with Benedict XVI.. Seewald didn't ask the question about the last Pope directly but took a  turn from it: What if Benedict XVI. actually were to be the last pope, who has represented the figure of Peter's successor in the unprecedented form?
"The response from Ratzinger is surprising: 'Alles kann sein.'  Everything is possible? Even that Benedict is the last pope, although for more than three years his successor has ruled? In Seewald's book Benedict adds:  'This prophecy probably arose in the circles around Philip Neri.'"
"He calls them, 'prophecy,' and returns to a great saint and mystic of the Church, and then to loosen up concluding with a joke, but that was his answer," says Socci.

The Break

"Does  Benedict XVI. believe his is the last papacy (at the end of the world or at least the end of the Church)?"  asks Socci. "Probably not. But then does he think  - at least according to the recounting of his interlocutor -- one who has exercised the papacy in the recognizeable form for the last two thousand years? Perhaps. This statement can be heard, because the papacy can not be changed by human will as a divine institution as is well known, of the Church."
But what change will it involved? "Is there a break in the uninterrupted tradition of the Church? Another point in the book points in this direction. Do you see yourself as the last pope of the old or as the first of the new world?'  Benedict XVI's answer to Seewald's question: 'I would say both. '"
"But what does that mean," asks Socci. What does "old" and "new world" mean, especially for someone like Benedict XVI., who always opposed an interpretation of Vatican II as a 'break' with tradition and instead emphasized its continuity?
Seewald ascribes to  Benedict XVI. a "revolutionary"  conduct with which he, "like no other pope of modern times, changed the papacy."  Socci wonders whether this assertion, "clearly alludes to the  introduction of 'emeritus pope,'"  a reference to a concrete statement by Benedict XVI. in the book which he had made and thought to be valuable.

The Detective Story

Socci recalls that the figure of an "emeritus pope"  is completely alien to Church history and emphasizes the canon emphatically that a Pope who waives his office, automatically returns to the status he had prior to his election, because the papacy, in contrast to the episcopal ordination, is not a sacrament. While the bishops, therefore, remain bishops, even if they no longer exert a particular jurisdiction, this was not the case with a Pope.
Nevertheless, Benedict XVI announced in the last days of his pontificate against the opinion of all canonists  that he would become an "emeritus pope"  after his resignation. He did not offer a canonical or theological justification of his unusual step, which was even more unusual than the resignation itself. Rather, he said, during his last general audience on February 27th: "My decision to dispense with the active version of the office, this does not withdraw it back [being a pope]."
He coupled this statement with his announcement of remaining at the Vatican and continuing to wear the robe of a pope and the papal coat of arms and to be introduced with his papal name, including the honorary title "His Holiness".
"That was enough to ask the question of what is happening, and whether he was really withdrawn from the papacy." Therefore, Socci had, as early as 2013, been concerned in numerous articles with the unusual resignation and the subsequent conclave.
Meanwhile, the canon lawyer Stefano Violi, examining the Declaratio,  with which Benedict XVI. announced his resignation, came to the conclusion: "Benedict XVI. agreed to renounce the ministerium [service]:  not the papacy under the provisions of Boniface VIII, nor of the munus [Official] according to Canon 332, paragraph 2, but to the ministerium, or as clarified in his last audience, to the active exercise of the ministry."
After Antonio Socci had pointed the finger at inconsistencies in several articles,  the Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli, very closely linked to Pope Francis,  asked Pope Benedict XVI in February 2014  why he had remained "emeritus pope". The answer was:
"The maintenance of the white robe and the name Benedict is simply a practical matter. At the time of the resignation there were no other garments available. "
There were no other garments available?
"Tornielli broadcast his 'sensational news' in all directions, but on closer inspection, the words must have proven an elegant joke to suggest a question that Benedict XVI. then could not speak on (Who believes that there were no black cassocks in the Vatican?)," says Socci. "But he speaks now about three years later, and explained the reasons for its decision, which have nothing to do with sartorial affairs."

"It means that he is pope"

In the new interview the considerations on the bishops come out. When it was stipulated there would be a limit of their tenure at 75 years, the "Bishop Emeritus" was created because it was said that a father always remains father.
Benedict XVI. now says that also about himself. Even if the children are already grown, the father remains father, even if he no longer bears the whole responsibility connected to fatherhood.  He remained a father in a deeper, more intimate sense, said Benedict XVI.
Socci speaks of a "poetic idea", others speak of a transfigured representation. but on the theological level it was "explosive", because "it means that he is pope."
His personal secretary, Archbishop Curia Georg Gänswein, announced last May in his speech at the Gregoriana   at what Benedict XVI. now sets forth in his interview book. Gänswein went even further and in detail.
Gänsweins speech, which was concealed by most media, "struck the Roman Curia like a nuclear bomb", according to Socci. Gänswein said the papal service hasn't been the same as before, since February 11, 2013. The papacy has in fact been the foundation of the Catholic Church, but it was altered by Benedict XVI. through his "exception pontificate" fundamentally and permanently.
His resignation and the creation of the figure of "emeritus pope" was a "weighty step of a millennially historic proportions."  It's a step that had never happened before, because Benedict XVI. never gave up his Petrine ministry, but "renewed" it.
The novelty lies in the "extension" of the papacy from a "collegial and synodal dimension" to an office exerted "quasi communally."  Although there really are not two popes, it's  a de facto "expanded" papacy with an "active and contemplative" Pope.
One of two people effecting a common Office? One wonders seriously, what the situation is and rubs his eyes in disbelief. Paul Badde had already asked Gänswein a few days after his Gregorian speech about the Malachy prophecy. Such things might be add a little spice to an interview or an article by a journalist, but it hardly helps the Church much in its current situation.  Gänswein gave the impression in his Gregorian speech and  Badde interview for EWTN  that he wanted to ultimately transfigure the incomprehensible step of Benedict XVI.  and subsequently charge through a constructed meaning, which actually made all rather worse. Especially Gänswein's response to Badde, he would have "no problem"  with four or five popes emeritus, lacks of seriousness. The whole situation of Benedict's resignation  is problematic enough, without the need for sloppy swaggering.

Torpedo against Benedict

Socci does not stop till he reaches his next goal. Until the Gänswein speech "Bergoglio must have already heard these things by Benedict XVI  without understanding them, as the emeritus papacy was explained:" The Resignation of Benedict XVI. was a "government action" comparable to a bishop who renounces and retires his jurisdiction.
Since the Gänswein speech of May "the Court of Bergoglio has only just become aware of the scale of the problem," says Socci, hence as Francis issued upon returning from Armenia, the clear rejection of the notion of a "common Petrine ministry."
In August Tornielli ( "The Thermometer of the Curia") published an interview with the eminent canonists and representatives of the Roman Curia, Titular Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, who unreservedly shredded the figure of an "emeritus pope." "The uniqueness of Peter's successor does not allow further discrimination or duplication of the Office" or even the nominal service as an honorary title. There is especially  no distinction between the office and its exercise (see New Broadside Against "Emeritus Pope" - Canonist Sciacca: "Legally and Theologically Untenable" in German).
So Socci gets in the core of his column to a question which is quite legitimate, but at the same time, of which Cardinal Brandmüller recently warned:
"Benedict XVI. had decided to retain the authority of the Pope and to dispense only with the active exercise of the office. If this  decision of his is inadmissible and void, does it mean that even his resignation is null and void?"
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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AMDG

SSPX: Angelus Conference in October and Blessing of New Seminary in Virginia in November



[USA District SSPX] Our Lord commanded the Apostles to spread the faith and teach all nations; yet, we live in a word where the errors of atheism, agnosticism, paganism, and religious indifference are spread at an alarming rate. It's a time when, for many, the missionary spirit does not exist.

This fall Angelus Press once again brings together some of the best Catholic thinkers, speakers, and writers to consider this year’s topic: The Missions - Teaching all Nations. Come learn more about how The SSPX is working to spread the faith far and wide, while at the same time enjoying the company of other like-minded traditional Catholics. This conference is relevant for all Catholics, young and seasoned alike. 

Join us for our seventh annual Conference for Catholic Tradition – a profoundly enjoyable Catholic weekend on October 7 – 9, 2016 at the Kansas City Airport Hilton in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Edit: there will also be an event in November for the Blessing of the New Seminary:

Inauguration ceremony

Please join us on November 4 for the blessing of the new seminary buildings. All are invited and encouraged to attend! The day will include a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Fellay, blessing of the new buildings, and guided tour of the new seminary.  
For more details, visit our event pageBlessing of a New Seminary

Banquet 

A banquet will follow the Pontifical Mass.  Please visit our event page to make reservations.  Limited seating available!
Please consult the schedule for the day's events.  
In the meantime, please visit the New Seminary Project website for continued progress updates on the preparation of the new seminary in Virginia where you can also donate towards the completion of what will become the new home of many seminarians in just a few weeks.
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