"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"They" have now finally turned against Pope Benedict XVI ...



Talk about trolls.

I'm not really surprised.  Catholics against Pope Francis have now condemned Pope Benedict for resigning, based upon excerpts from a new interview and book to be released at the end of August.  In part, Benedict said his retirement was because he was exhausted and couldn't face another grueling trip.  Some sources say that was his sole reason.  Fact is, Pope Benedict felt a need to clarify his reason(s) for retirement to dispel rumors he was forced to do so in the first place.  Read an honest report of what Benedict said he did and why he did it here.  His critics are commenting on pull quotes - even before the book is released.



It's amazing.  One know-it-all asks 'is this the Joseph Ratzinger we know'?  An understanding person with the most minute degree of compassion and insight may have anticipated such a move by Pope Benedict.  Several times he wished to retire as Cardinal Prefect of the CDF, yet stayed on because of Pope John Paul II's example and the Holy Father's desire that he keep working.  Benedict is an old man who has worked extremely hard all of his life, and his frailty became more and more evident as Pope.


Who are these people to condemn him or mock him in retirement?  Calling his interview 'vacuous' and suggesting it is full of lies inspired by the Franciscan pontificate.  Suggesting  'a donkey is wearing a lion's coat.'  While calling the interview and book 'deviltry'.  Benedict's critics now say he is no longer worthy of respect, that he is a disgrace.  They have pompously declared: Benedict XVI betrayed us. He was a coward who fled.

How do these people get that far out?

9 comments:

  1. This came to me after reading your post, Terry:

    Matthew 12:34

    Words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ ...

    "You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

    I don't know any of these so-called Catholic critics. They speak behind their computer screens screeching without any authority whatsoever. Experts on the faith? Bahs!!

    They dare to speak ill of a devoted son of the Church? I have loved and admired Papa Benny for a long time now and always will. He is a good and decent man. Humble, simple, devoted to Christ and His people.

    Let these same cowards stand before Almighty God and make these same claims. Let them see just how little dust they are before the greatness of the simple priest from Bavaria.

    God bless the gentle and holy Benedict XVI!

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    1. Papa Emerito on Papa Francis:

      Towards the end of the interview, Benedict XVI speaks about his successor, Francis. “Obedience to my successor has always been unquestionable. Then there is a sense of deep communion and friendship. The moment he was elected I felt, as many others did, a spontaneous sense of gratitude towards Providence. After two Pontiffs from Central Europe, the Lord set his eyes as it were on the universal Church and invited us towards a broader, more Catholic communion. I personally felt deeply touched right from the start by Pope Francis’ extraordinary human warmth towards me. He tried to reach me by phone right after his election. He wasn’t able to get hold of me so he tried again straight after the meeting with the universal Church from St. peter’s balcony and he spoke to me in a very cordial manner. Since then, he has given me the gift of a marvellous paternal and fraternal relationship. I often receive small gifts, letters written in person. Before undertaking any major trips, the Pope always comes to visit me. The human kindness he has shown me is for me a special grace in this final phase of my life, which I can only be grateful for. What he says about being close to other people are not just words. He puts them into practice with me. May he in turn feel the Lord’s kindness every day. For this, I pray for him to the Lord.”

      http://www.lastampa.it/2016/08/24/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/ratzingers-deep-communion-and-friendship-with-pope-francis-RGNOqspq5CNMIA9Qonu15H/pagina.html

      A holy brotherhood in Christ. Gracias a Dios!

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    2. I think it's a beautiful testament of a holy friendship.

      I'm amazed at the lack of compassion his critics exhibit.

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    3. Trolls in need of prayer, that's gonna be my attitude from now on. Let them sneer but let's hope our prayers for them and for ourselves will bring about a new springtime of repentance and charity.
      I'm sure in need of such a conversion.

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  2. I read that earlier. It's awful.

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  4. "Who are these people to condemn him or mock him in retirement?"

    Maybe these lay bloggers missed their vocation to the priesthood?

    Maybe there should be a synod on married priest so that all these lay bloggers can be the priests that they always wanted to be.

    After all these lay bloggers are more catholic than Pope Benedict.

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  5. "Who are these people to condemn him or mock him in retirement?"

    Maybe these lay bloggers missed their vocation to the priesthood?

    Maybe there should be a synod on married priest so that all these lay bloggers can be the priests that they always wanted to be.

    After all these lay bloggers are more catholic than Pope Benedict.

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  6. I got one thing to say: "Effing @ssholes" (bless their hearts)

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