Wednesday, March 14, 2018

That letter from the Pope Emeritus

I am surprised that few people have reacted to the Secretariate for Communications fake news presentation of the Pope Emeritus' letter to Mons. Viganò in which left out  is significant sections. It adds to the sense of chaos and corruption in the Holy See.

Ratzinger is Newman-like in his precision also happily leaves his readers to think more deeply about what he has written.

Here are my first thoughts on translation on Sandro Magister's blog.

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Mons. Dario Edoardo Viganò
Prefetto della
Segreteria per la Comunicazione it is striking that a Secretariate should produced such edited release of this letter
Città del Vaticano 
7 febbraio 2018 it was written one month before its release on Francis' 5th anniversary, and was treated as an endorsement which it obviously is not.

Reverendissimo Monsignore,
I thank you for your courteous letter of January 12 and for the attached gift of the eleven small volumes insubstantial? light weight? edited by Roberto Repole.
I applaud this initiative which is intended an initiative which is a good idea but .. to oppose and react to the foolish prejudice according to which Pope Francis would be only a practical man devoid of particular not general, or over any other type of formation  theological or philosophical formation, to suggest Pope Francis does not have a philosophical or theological framework for what he does would indeed be foolish while I would be solely a theoretician of theology who could understand little of the concrete life of a Christian today. could this 2nd clause about Benedict himself be more important than than the first 
The little volumes he repeats demonstrate, rightly so, that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation, he was formed in profound philosophy and theology but it is formation (yet again) not Magisterium or present grasp of the faith and they therefore help in seeing the interior continuity ???  Edward Pentin asked Abp Ganswein to explain, he hasn't yet, it could simply mean he contains "Popeness" St Pius IV had an 'interior continuity' from Rodrigo Borgia between the two pontificates, albeit with all the differences of style and temperament. much of Benedict's life has been about promoting "Continuity" especially of the post-Concilliar Church with Christ and the Patristic Church and the Church of his more recent predecessors.
Nonetheless, I do not feel that I can write a brief and dense theological page about them these books in particular? because for my whole life it has always been clear that I would write and express myself only on books that I had also truly read. and yet they are 'little books' Unfortunately, even if only for physical reasons, he has lost sight almost completely in one eye I am not able to read the eleven little volumes little again in the near future, all the more so in that I am under other obligations to which I have already agreed. I have better things to do, what are these other 'obligation'?
I am sure that you will understand, and I extend to you my cordial greeting.
Benedict XVI

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Viganò's presentation has shown the amateurish relativistic and untrustworthy nature of its Communications Secretariate.

There is certainly need for reform there if the Vatican is to be trusted.

"Let you yes be yes and your no be no", is something forgotten in the Vatican.


gemoftheocean said...

I think there is a lot of contempt and cynicism thinking Catholics have for official communications coming from the Vatican these days. I put nothing past them, and don't trust them as far as I could throw St. Peter's. I pray especially for all the faithful seminarians there to hold fast to the faith, that they may be ordained to preach the true gospel. Time has a way of removing both the good and the wicked from this earth. I pray that when Francis slips the surly bonds enough good men will be left standing to elect a faithful pope.

Pelerin said...

I see from Rorate Caeli (link in side bar) that the Vatican has admitted to Associated Press that they deliberately blurred two lines of the letter. Curioser and curioser.

JARay said...

I am very disappointed in the support which Emeritus Pope Benedict seems to be giving to Pope Francis. I earnestly pray for this Papacy to show some clear support to the accepted traditional teachings of the Church. Failing such an outcome I pray for an end of this Papacy and for a clear line of teaching to follow in the next.

PAPALCount said...

The stench from this Vatican is staggering. I pray for the good and faithful priests, deacons and bishops who work there. Stay the course. Remain faithful. We must pray to be faithful too.
St Augustine wrote that the road to hell is scattered with the skulls of bishops and priests.
That road I fear is now a motorway.

Nicolas Bellord said...

Benedict wrote "they therefore help in seeing the interior continuity between the two pontificates" Well there must be some continuity - they both wear white - but what else? You have to read BXVI's words very carefully.

cogito said...

It looks like the (real) author of Amoris Laetitia, papal ghostwriter Kissy Tucho, has been at work again.

Dad29 said...

Eh. That was by far the kindest, most subtle "Please go away!" letter I've ever read.

Nicolas Bellord said...

And to-day Sandro Magister rather tentatively suggests that there was another paragraph in this letter between the first and last which has not been shown or read out. See:

Gerard Larkin Haverstock Esq said...

Isn’t like the good old days of the Russian feeding the West with noting but lies, Now the new lieer are parson in the Vatican, With the small come from that great place from people how are so corrupt as the Russian politics are corrupt is just a matter of time before sum one get hurt.And as the use to say the buck stop with the man at the top?

Nicolas Bellord said...

And now from the Catholic Herald we get the missing paragraph.


BXVI wrote:

Only as an aside, I would like to note my surprise at the fact that among the authors is also Professor Hünermann, who during my pontificate had distinguished himself by leading anti-papal initiatives. He played a major part in the release of the “Kölner Erklärung”, which, in relation to the encyclical “Veritatis splendour”, virulently attacked the magisterial authority of the Pope, especially on questions of moral theology. Also the “Europaische Theologengesellschaft”, which he founded, was initially conceived by him as an organization in opposition to the papal magisterium. Later, the ecclesial sentiment of many theologians prevented this orientation, allowing that organization to become a normal instrument of encounter among theologians.

The suppression of the two paragraphs is utterly despicable. Words fail me. What trust can we place in anything coming from the Pope's entourage? The Kremlin are more plausible.

Nicolas Bellord said...

The curtness of BXVI's manner of finishing his letter speaks volumes.

vetusta ecclesia said...

Drain the swamp.