On Sunday, April 14, Pope Francis will take possession of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul's outside the Walls in Rome. The Pope will celebrate Mass at the Basilica together with the Benedictine Monks to whom the Basilica and the adjoining Monastery are entrusted. Benedictine Abbott Edmund Power says the link between St. Ignatius - the founder of the Society of Jesus to which Pope Francis belongs - and the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls is a strong one. Speaking to Vatican Radio's Linda Bordoni, Abbott Power says the affinities between Benedictines and Jesuits are in fact many...
Cathcon- again- St Paul's outside the Walls is known by those of satirical inclination to be St Paul's without the Faith given its ecumenical significance and a few years ago it also almost became St Paul's without the Benedictines. The article refers to Abbot Franzoni who was one of the most radical of clerics after Vatican II. His life has ended in theological disappointment as he believes that Vatican II has not been implemented (note-ultra-dissenting site of the Irish priests who support a radical interpretation of Vatican II)- unlike this blog as all can see the memorials of Vatican II that are all around. The Pope will be endangering the Church if he even takes one step in Franzoni's direction, as a Pandora's box of demands would be opened up.
Much more spiritual joy can be found in the writings of a predecessor of Franzoni's the great Benedictine liturgist, Blessed Idelfonso Schuster. He died in 1954- the liturgical reforms after the Council would have broken his heart.