Mar 16, 2009

Let's keep praying for Pope Benedict

Probably you have read the letter (click on this post's title) that Pope Benedict XVI issued last week about the reaction to his lifting the excommunication of the four SSPX bishops.

There are some poignant personal passages in it, no? The two that I cannot forget are these:

+ "I was saddened by the fact that even Catholics who, after all, might have had a better knowledge of the situation, thought they had to attack me with open hostility."

+ "At times one gets the impression that our society needs to have at least one group to which no tolerance may be shown; which one can easily attack and hate. And should someone dare to approach them - in this case the Pope - he too loses any right to tolerance; he too can be treated hatefully, without misgiving or restraint."

These two passages are proof, as if any were needed, that the Pope needs our prayers.

To change the subject slightly: The passage below, also by the Pope in last week's letter, is a powerful and pointed reminder to liberal Catholics that what they term "pre-Vatican" IS STILL THE CHURCH:

"But some of those who put themselves forward as great defenders of the Council also need to be reminded that Vatican II embraces the entire doctrinal history of the Church. Anyone who wishes to be obedient to the Council has to accept the faith professed over the centuries, and cannot sever the roots from which the tree draws its life."

We can presume that the Pope's terms "the entire doctrinal history of the Church" and "the faith professed over the centuries" include the liturgy -- so that anyone who rejects or refuses the Latin Mass, the Mass of the Ages, should have a lot of explaining to do.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, will keep praying. Thank you for this post.
Please consider adding your prayer offerings to the pledges Father George Byers is collecting to present to the Holy Father here at BloggingLOURDES

Spread the word to pray for the Holy Father's trip to the Holy Land, too. God bless you! Mary keep you!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Coletta,

Thank you for writing, for the link, for urging everyone to pray for the Holy father, and for your kind words of blessing.

God bless you, too, and Mary keep you.

11:39 PM  

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