A reflection on all that we Catholics once owned, by right, that has now been almost totally misappropriated, by scoundrels

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In light of the unfolding (or perhaps one should say unraveling) of Pope Francis’s pontificate, we should revisit words once spoken by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, predating and anticipating Summorum—words that now have an alarming portentousness:

I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today? (Salt of the Earth, 1997)

He has asked a question to which, so far, no honest answer has been given by the Church’s leaders. The reason is not hard to see. Ratzinger dared to say that the Church’s very being had been called into question when Paul VI declared the old Mass forbidden—which in fact he repeatedly did, in response to attempts to maintain a liturgy the Church had celebrated for 500 years, and in its essentials, for 1,000 years, and in the core of it, for 1,500 years. The longing for this treasure of faith was mocked, stepped on, suppressed, treated as a form of disobedience, arrogance, or neurosis. And the haunting question rises up: “Can the Church be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?”

If Paul VI in 1969 can abolish the oldest liturgical rite of Christendom and replace it with a new-fangled rite fashioned by committee according to modern ideas, with the two rites having very little in common when one looks at their details, why can’t Francis today modify the Ten Commandments or the Gospels? They, too, are awfully old, rejected by vast numbers of people as irrelevant to modern times, extremely provocative, and rather narrow in their fixation on obeying God or else. Don’t we need to update and modernize the whole of Christianity? If we can do this with what is our holiest and highest possession, namely the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we can do it across the board, top to bottom. What is permitted, what is forbidden, what is to be construed as good, what is to be rejected as evil, is simply up to the will of the reigning pontiff.

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Is Pope Francis secretly disappointed that St. Michael isn’t driving a “humble car” and feeding the poor?

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Pope Francis said the statue of St. Michael with his sword piercing the devil is “an invitation to reflection and prayer.”

“Michael fights to re-establish divine justice,” he said. “He defends the people of God from their enemies, especially the enemy par excellence, the devil.”

The statue is a reminder that evil never wins, the pope said. The devil’s head is “crushed, because salvation was accomplished once for all with the blood of Christ.”

“In consecrating Vatican City to St. Michael the Archangel, we ask him to defend us from the evil one and cast him out,” the pope said.

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New “joint” encyclical “Lumen Fidei” released. Read it.

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Editor’s note: No word yet as to why popes John XXIII and John Paul II were approved for sainthood, yet Pope Pius XII was “snubbed”.

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.”

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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.

The “Ghost of Vatican II” is still hiding somewhere in the papal apartments.

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by Doug Lawrence

The quirky interpretations of the teachings of the 2nd Vatican Council, which remain the official “party line” of the bulk of today’s Catholic hierarchs, still constitute an unqualified accommodation to the forces of the world, the flesh and the devil, to the continuing detriment of the universal church.

Like his successor Benedict XVI, our new pope has now officially become the chief promoter and primary teacher of such dubious principles.  That’s not an easy thing to pull off. Just look at the toll it took on Fr. Ratzinger.

As Abraham Lincoln allegedly once said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” 

Let’s all pray that Francis I will eventually be able to discern the difference between God’s honest truth and the quaint musings of certain spineless, liberal prelates … and that he will somehow manage to find a way to properly restore all that has been so wantonly squandered, over the past 40 years.

A good exorcist might be able to help.

Oh … and did I mention … this pope is a Jesuit?

Here’s lookin’ at you, kids…

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“His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope-Emeritus”

Giving an official word to one of the imminent post-papacy’s most-sought questions, at today’s transition briefing, the Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi finally confirmed that, upon his resignation Thursday evening, Papa Ratzi will be known as “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope-Emeritus,” and retain the signature clothing of the pontiff’s office.

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