Radical ideas Barack Obama and former Pope Benedict XVI have in common

Indeed, as I have pointed out more than once on these pages, it was (Cardinal) Ratzinger who wrote in 1987 (in the second edition of his Principles of Catholic Theology) that the “demolition of bastions” in the Church is “a long-overdue task.” The Church, he declared, “must relinquish many of the things that have hitherto spelled security for her and that she has taken for granted. She must demolish longstanding bastions and trust solely the shield of faith.”


Editor’s note: “CHANGE” came to the Catholic Church long before Barack Obama’s similar type of “CHANGE” came to America. Neither is any good.


  1. “…it becomes apparent that (Ratzinger) is perhaps the most industrious ecclesial termite of the post-conciliar epoch, tearing down even as he makes busy with the appearance of building up.”

    What an observant and prescient statement by Ferrara (and a most clever turn of phrase). It is a prediction of what we now know of the Ratzinger papacy.

    How sad, now, that Ferrara hoped for another Pius X to succeed the dying JPII. That is also what I hoped for during the latest conclave.

    When Francis was elected, I wondered: It this he who is to come, or are we to wait for another? My question was quickly answered.

    And I’m waiting again.

    One last note: IMO, putting BO in the headline contributes nothing to any understanding of the linked article, but merely distracts from its cogency. In the big picture that is the Church, BO is, at most, a flyspeck in the lower left-hand corner.

  2. What happened to the “Rottweiler” of the Roman Catholic Church?
    He was behind all the Faith and Morals of the Church and Canon laws made.
    He was More about the CHANGE, in Vat II Council precepts than defending the long history of the Church!
    Now, Obama wants Change, in Secular America…and he is succeeding, but his Reign of Terror is finite, and there will never be another BHO to influence society.(the 1st Black President)
    We cannot compare Vatican II accomplishments to Obamas New America, for one has left a longtime impact in Mindset and the latter, can be changed by Political Persuasion!
    BTW Obama is only POTUS, and Not Dictator Of The New World Order, as of today. 🙂

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