Monday, March 12, 2018

SOMETHING FISHY HERE OR TRYING TO AVERT SCHISM??????

From Vatican Radio and a bit unprecedented, a kind of bombshell?

Pope Benedict XVI: there is continuity with Pope Francis' Pontificate

Pope Benedict wanted to give a contribution, very significant as always, to the interior spiritual unity of the two pontificates. Thus Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò characterizes the letter sent to him by the Pope Emeritus.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis,  
Regarding the magisterium of Pope Francis, Benedict writes that “there is interior unity” between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis, his successor. Pope Benedict’s letter was presented by its recipient, Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, during a press conference presenting “The Theology of Pope Francis,” a series of 11 books written by 11 different authors, and published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The news conference was held in Sala Marconi in the headquarters of Vatican Media.

Pope Benedict applauds publication of the series


“I applaud this initiative,” writes Pope Benedict. “It contradicts the foolish prejudice of those who see Pope Francis as someone who lacks a particular theological and philosophical formation, while I would have been solely a theorist of theology with little understanding of the concrete lives of today’s Christian.

Pope Francis has profound theological formation


The Pope Emeritus writes that he is grateful to have received the set of 11 books edited by Roberto Repole, President of the Italian Theological Association. Pope Benedict XVI adds that these volumes “reasonably demonstrate that Pope Francis is a man with profound philosophical and theological formation and are helpful to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences in style and temperament.”

Language editions in the works


During the event, Br Giulio Cesareo, OFM, the recently-appointed head of Libreria Editrice Vaticana, explained that contracts have already been signed for the English, Spanish, French, Portoghese, Polish and Romanian editions of the series, and that further negotiations are in process with publishers throughout the world.

And from the Vatican Insider: 


Pubblicato il 12/03/2018
VATICAN CITY
A “foolish prejudice”. With these firm words, Benedict XVI - from his retreat in the Vatican - labels those statements according to which his successor would not have theological stature while he, the theologian Pope, would have been only a theorist with no understanding of Christian life today. The statements of the Pope Emeritus, who also emphasizes the “inner continuity” of the two pontificates, are contained in a letter sent to the Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Dario Edoardo Viganò, who read some passages during the presentation of the series “Theology of Pope Francis”, published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV), which took place on the evening of Monday 12 March at the Sala Marconi in Palazzo Pio. 

“I applaud this initiative - Benedict XVI writes - that wants to oppose and react to the foolish prejudice for which Pope Francis would be only a practical man without particular theological or philosophical formation, while I would have been only a theorist of theology with little understanding of the concrete life of a Christian today”.  

Ratzinger thanks for having received as a gift the eleven books written by eleven internationally renowned theologian s who make up the series edited by Don Roberto Repole, President of the Italian Theological Association. The small volumes - Benedict XVI adds - rightly show that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation and therefore help to see the inner continuity between the two pontificates, despite all the differences in style and temper”. 

This is not the first time that the Pope Emeritus makes his voice heard by expressing his being in harmony with his successor, even if he had never done so with such power. In October 2015, a theological conference on the doctrine of justification was held in Rome.  

On that occasion Archbishop Georg Gänswein read the text of an interview with Ratzinger by the Jesuit theologian Jacques Servais on “what is faith and how does one come to believe”, in which Pope Benedict quoted Francis speaking extensively about mercy, “Mankind today has this vague sensation that God cannot let the majority of humanity take the road of perdition. As such, the concerns people once had regarding salvation have for the most part disappeared. In my opinion, however, there is still a perception that we are all in need of grace and forgiveness, it just exists in a different way. I believe it is ‘a sign of the times’ that the idea of God’s mercy is becoming increasingly central and dominant - – starting with Sister Faustina, whose visions in various ways deeply reflect God’s image among today’s mankind and its desire for divine goodness”.  

Pope John Paul II - Ratzinger continued - “felt this impulse very strongly even though this was not always immediately apparent. But it is certainly no coincidence that his last book, which was published just before his death, talks about God’s mercy. Inspired by his experience of human cruelty right from his younger days, he states that mercy is the only true and ultimately efficient reaction against the force of evil. Only where there is mercy does cruelty cease to exist, do evil and violence cease to exist.”  

“Pope Francis - Benedict XVI continued, referring to his successor - fully shares this line. His pastoral practice finds expression in his continuous references to God’s mercy. It is mercy that steers us towards God, while justice makes us fearful in his presence. I believe this shows that beneath the veneer of self-confidence and self-righteousness, today’s mankind conceals a profound knowledge of its wounds and unworthiness before God. It awaits mercy”.  

On 28 June 2016, on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s priestly ordination, a ceremony was held in the Clementine hall in the presence of Pope Francis and his predecessor

Benedict, in the short final greeting, had returned to speak of mercy, “Thank you above all to you, Holy Father: your goodness, from the first moment of your election, in every moment of my life here, strikes me, and truly brings me, in an inner sense, more than in the Vatican Gardens, with their beauty, your goodness is the place where I live: I feel protected. Thank you also for your words of thanks, for everything. And let us hope that you will be able to continue with all of us on this path of Divine Mercy, showing the way of Jesus, to Jesus, to God”.  

12 comments:

Henry said...

Anyone recall the imprisoned U.S. airman, shot down over North Vietman, trotted out on TV, assuring us back home how good life was in the Hanoi Hilton, but blinking SOS with his eyelids, before they drug him back for his next interrogation?

TJM said...

Henry,

LOL!!! Maybe we should send Pope Benedict a care package

ByzRC said...

TJM -

I'd opt for a covert search/rescue operation before the care package.

Rood Screen said...

Undoubtedly the two agree on 99% of theological and even philosophical propositions. Francis is not, after all, a Muslim, a Protestant, a Freemason or an atheist. The present crisis concerns the seriousness and prominence of the remaining one percent of their respective propositions. As for their differing personalities, no serious Catholic cares about that sort of thing.

rcg said...

That was, Henry, in the still relevant North Korea. You are close, I think. This statement is probably related to his reasons for resigning. I think he is literally terrified of a very destructive schism. Something has scared him away from trusting his peers. It seems to still be present.

Rood Screen points out that Pope Benedict XVI (emeritus) has as much in common with Pope Francis, theologically, as he has in common, genetically, with a lemur. They look cute in a zucchetto but are not reliable, doctrinally.

TJM said...

BzcRC, LOL. I'm in!

Anonymous said...

Bee here:

Henry asked, "Anyone recall the imprisoned U.S. airman, shot down over North Vietman, trotted out on TV, assuring us back home how good life was in the Hanoi Hilton, but blinking SOS with his eyelids, before they drug him back for his next interrogation?"

I DO recall him. He was Commander Jeremiah Denton. He blinked out the word T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morris Code. When his wife saw the film of him, and watched it over and over (with military personnel sitting with her), she asked, "Why is he blinking so much? Is it so bright? And it's odd how he's doing it." It was then the military guys sitting with her realized he was blinking in Morris Code. His message was the first knowledge the U.S. had that the Viet Cong were torturing prisoners of war.

When Denton was finally was released, he wrote a book about his time as a POW, called "When Hell Was In Session." I heard it was made into a movie, which I have not seen. The book is a powerful first hand account of horrendous treatment in the hands of the enemy, and I recommend it to anyone who has forgotten just how brutal mankind can be.

He went on the hold a U.S. Senate seat as a Republican from Alabama from 1981-1987.

He died at the age of 89 in 2014. The leftist media barely mentioned his passing. In contrast, the death and funeral of Nelson Mandela got plastered all over the air waves, and Mr. Obama even flew across the ocean to attend, and speak there. Every living President of the United States except George H.W. Bush attended Nelson Mandela's funeral. (H.W. probably did not attend due to ill health.) But not one President attended the funeral of Admiral Denton. I think that is very telling.

Henry, I know you were using Admiral Denton as an illustration to Father McD's post, about Pope Benedict, but I couldn't help saying a little about this great man.

God bless.
Bee
P.S. Fr. Kavanaugh, please spare me any knee-jerk defense of the Left's treatment of Admiral Denton and the actions of the Presidents attending Mandela's funeral. I honestly don't want to hear how it was right and good for our leaders and former leaders to praise and honor a Communist head of state and ignore a true American hero. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Bee here:

By the way, I forgot to mention, Admiral Jeremiah Denton was a Catholic.

God bless.
Bee

Anon 3.0 said...


"He (Denton) died at the age of 89 in 2014. The leftist media barely mentioned his passing."

Oh, really?

A quick Google search for "Admiral Denton Death" returns reports of Admiral Denton's death from the "leftist" media bastions of the New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS News, Reuters, The Guardian, and USA Today.

By the way, I forgot to mention that it's Morse Code, not Morris. Unless, of course, he was blinking in cat language.

--. --- -.. / -... .-.. . ... ...

Anonymous said...

Bee here:

Anon 3.0 said, "A quick Google search for "Admiral Denton Death" returns reports of Admiral Denton's death from the "leftist" media bastions of the New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS News, Reuters, The Guardian, and USA Today."

Let me ask you, did you yourself hear of Admiral Denton's death at the time it happened? Did you see any coverage of his funeral? Did you hear or see a recounting of what he and others suffered in Vietnamese prison camps? Did you recognize his name without having to look it up? Did you hear of the death of Nelson Mandela when he died?

And yes, sorry for the mistake of typing "Morris Code." That was stupid of me. I know it is "Morse Code." Thank you for pointing out my mistake.


God bless.
Bee
P.S. And true to form, you have to come out with a knee-jerk defense of the Left that loves and celebrates Communists and Communism. What can I say? It's predictable.

Anonymous said...

"Let me ask you, did you yourself hear of Admiral Denton's death at the time it happened?"

I do not recall.

"Did you recognize his name without having to look it up?"

Yes.

"Did you hear of the death of Nelson Mandela when he died?"

Yes.

I haven't defended anyone.




Anonymous said...

Bee here:

"...and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." Matt. 7:6

God bless.
Bee