O felix culpa! O happy fault! O gleeful gaffe!
In my haste to post what I thought were Pope Benedict's words about dissent from the Magisterium, I failed to recognize that the quotation cited in my previous post, "Roger, are you listening?", should have been attributed to the late Pope John Paul II. I consider the gaffe fortuitous, though, because Pope Benedict was citing words spoken by his beloved predecessor almost 20 years ago in ... you guessed it ... Los Angeles!
Now how awesome is that? And why, I ask, out of the massive body of writings left to us by John Paul II, did Benedict zero in on those particular words which were uttered in an L.A. seminary which Cardinal Mahony closed down years ago? A coincidence? Maybe not. Was this a warning shot, albeit semi-stealth, aimed in the direction of Cardinal Mahony's Archdiocese of Open Dissent?
VATICAN, July 5, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) -Speaking to the Bishops of the United States at Queen of Angels Seminary in Los Angeles [shut down by Mahony] on September 16, 1987, Pope John Paul II stated: "It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are reported as not accepting the clear position on abortion. It has to be noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in their adherence to the Church's moral teaching. It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the magisterium is totally compatible with being a 'good Catholic,' and poses no obstacle to the reception of the Sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching of the Bishops in the United States and elsewhere."