Wednesday, February 15, 2012
POPE BENEDICT AND HIS REFORM OF THE CHURCH WITHIN CONTINUITY AND FOR SAYING IT LIKE IT IS: PRAY GOD THAT FUTURE SUPREME PONTIFFS AND CURRENT AND FUTURE BISHOPS HEED HIS WORD AND IMPLEMENT HIS PROPHETIC VISION!
Father Z at his blog prints the following:
POWERFUL WORDS TO THE BISHOPS OF THE WORLD!
“In order to avoid conflicts, they let the poison spread.”
“[I]t is true that the Church may never simply align itself with the “Zeitgeist” [spirit of the times]. The Church must address the vices and perils of the time; she must appeal to the consciences of the powerful and of the intellectuals, not to mention of those who want to live narrow-minded, comfortable lives while ignoring the needs of the time, and so forth. As a bishop [of Munich] I felt obliged to face this task. Moreover, the deficits were too obvious: exhaustion of the faith, decline in vocations, lowering of moral standards even among men of the Church, an increasing tendency towards violence, and much else. The words of the Bible and of the Church Fathers rang in my ears, those sharp condemnations of shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflicts, they let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty, and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problems and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive."
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium. An interview with Peter Seewald. (Ignatius Press, 1996, pp. 82-83)
MY COMMENT: WOW! AND THE HOLY FATHER SAID THIS WHEN HE WAS A MERE CARDINAL IN 1996!