Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Pope Benedict attacks the decadence of the Church in Germany

At 8 pm, the Swiss Guards closed the gates of the Pope's summer palace in Castel Gandolfo. Then they left their posts. So they demonstrated on 28 February 2013 that Benedict XVI was now Supreme Pontiff emeritus, a Pope retired. Benedict retired to a convent in the Vatican and vowed to continue to live like a monk and leave the field to the successor.

Benedict however cracks open the doors again this Friday. It is then a book of conversations that the journalist Peter Seewald has had with the Pope appears in Germany and many other countries. The result was a mixture of autobiography, last testament and written defence. Therein Joseph Ratzinger tries to explain himself and his pontificate to the world.

The fine balance awaits for each of his words

Now the resignation of a pope is a tricky thing, because the old pontiff could contradict the new one. The history is rich with antipopes and schisms. According Benedict has lived in a reserve style since that February evening. If he talks about the strengths and weaknesses of his pontificate, cliques, religious doubts and his successor Francis, it is a delicate matter. The fine balance awaits for each of his words.

Here, the book is easy in style and anecdotes. The reader learns that the young theology professor Ratzinger often played "Ludo”, was blackened as a heretic and like "carousing" during the Second Vatican Council in Trastevere. Other passages are significant. He tells how much his election as Pope burdened him. However, he did know precisely, as a former prefect of the CDF, the dark side of the Church. Paedophile priests, opaque finances and corruption were the "dirt" in the church which he wanted to eliminate. But they were persistent. "Of course I wanted to do more than I could." After all, he had sacked hundreds paedophile priests and smashed a homosexual old boy network in the Vatican. "Whether that has formed again, I do not know."

He underestimated the political significance of his Regensburg speech

Benedict openly acknowledges that he underestimated the political significance of his Regensburg speech. It was released worldwide in 2006 to violent protest from Muslims. In contrast, he blames staff for the affair of Holocaust denier Bishop Williamson, whose excommunication Benedict lifted in 2009. They gave him bad advice. Thereafter, a "huge propaganda campaign was unleashed against me".

The former Archbishop of Munich sharply judges the Catholic Church in Germany to the Court. He complains about "a well-established and highly paid Catholicism" along with "over dependence on unholy bureaucracy", a "theorization of faith" and a "lack of a living dynamism." Benedict sounds rather more gentle when he talks about Francis. His choice completely surprised him and initially unsettled him. But then the cordial dealings of his successor with people have made him happy. Francis emphasises different things, but there are no contradictions. Do you have to believe it? More clarification is probably not to be expected from Benedict. The title of the book is: "Recent Conversations".


Pope Benedict thinks homosexual network in the Vatican could have reformed under his successor

Benedict XVI criticizes the Catholic Church in Germany in a new book.

Emeritus Benedict XVI, according to a media report, sees the development in the Catholic Church in Germany in an extremely critical light. There is a "surplus of unholy bureaucracy", the 89-year-old Joseph Ratzinger states in a new book according to the "Süddeutsche Zeitung (Thursday edition). He also attests that the Catholic Church in his home country “makes faith into a theoretical matter" and "lacks a vibrant dynamism ".
The "SZ" refers in the interview to the book "Final Discussions" with journalist Peter Seewald, which appears in Germany and other countries on Friday. The Pope who resigned in 2013 for reasons of age Pope also confirms rumours of a homosexual old boy network in the Vatican. Such had been there during his pontificate, and he had smashed it. "Whether it forms again, I do not know," Benedict added.

With regard to the scandals involving paedophile priests and corrupt machinations in the Vatican, Benedict said he had not succeeded to purify the church from "dirt", as he had wished for. However, he had dismissed hundreds of paedophile priests.

New video from Pope places human beings at the centre

The International Prayer Apostleship supervised by the Jesuit Order has published the video of the Pope with prayer intentions for the month of September. It is the ninth video that has been released this year since the beginning of this initiative. 

 The intentions are: 
The human person stands at the centre of society - by everyone working for the common good. 
Awareness of mission for all Christians - strengthened by the meditation of the Gospel and the sacraments. 

The video is entitled: "For a more humane society".

The first "video of the Pope" for the month of January 2016 was especially criticised because of its "syncretic" character. "Abstruse" statements of a Catholic priest personnel involved in the video and former spokesman of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires ensured further concern. The dogmatic theologian Klaus Obenauer wrote in his review: "The pope must decide: Nathan the Wise or Christ".


The notorious first video with a screen shot below.