I am really hoping that people familiar with Catholicism and its inner workings can write on this video in the comments. I have no idea if any of this is true or not.
What I do know is the following:
Pope Benedict set up and guaranteed the largest canonization in Catholic Church history. It was the mass-canonization of soldiers who fought against Islamic Invaders of Europe and chose to be killed by the muslim pirates of the 15th century, rather than convert to Islam.
Trying to google this gives narrative versions of the events but that is what happened.
Pope Benedict set up the canonization and left Francis with the job of finishing it which he did after sanitizing the language so that no mention of the real reason these men died could be mentioned. And had Benedict not mysteriously abdicated his role for the PoMo Pope, Francis, he would have finished this ceremony properly.
We can safely say he would have, because in another speech where he quoted a Persian king, that was under siege by Mohammed’s armies in a speech he gave, which became for some unknown reason, a major controversy in his reign as Pope, even though it was an accurate quote, and the context made sense.
But we don’t live in a world of truth. We live in a world of “hate-facts” where truth will set you to a reeducation camp of one sort of another.
So if anyone knows more about the subject matter of this video or of the rest of this post, I welcome it in the comments.
Notre Dame seems to have awakened a dormant religiosity in the west. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe running with this crowd disconnects us from the pulse of the majority. But there are more new commentors to this site, it seems, than before the burning of this great church. Has it heightened awareness of the attacks on Christians? Most assuredly. Is it possible that posterity will tell us that it took the destruction of this icon to awaken the masses to the war they were in but were oblivious to? I think more likely it will be a combination of Notre Dame, and the event that is nigh. Of course one may say, perhaps, that no awakening is coming. To this I point to the election of President Trump. You cannot fool all of the people all of the time, and there exist in our midst armies of courageous, virtuos heroes.
In times of crisis people turn to religion, especially when they think their culture and nations are about to be destroyed.
I’m disappointed that you believe Aranda was only mentally ill.
I don’t understand why you would say this.
Certainly something went on to get Pope Benedict out and Pope Francis in.
I really have nothing to ad other than that.
The above video and the experience of the priest are quite believable.
Pope Benedict says he wrote the recent essay because he was Pope at the time the abuse crisis became public.
There was a recent synod of Bishops, in Rome, to discuss the abuse crisis, and Pope Benedict said he wanted to contribute his reflections and suggest ways for the Church to respond to the crisis.
It’s not written in opposition to Pope Francis, in fact at the end he thanks Pope Francis “for everything he does to show us, again and again, the light of God, which has not disappeared, even today”.
I think Pope Benedict realized there were problems that needed to be dealt with in the Church and that he didn’t have the stamina to deal with them. His doctor had told him that he shouldn’t travel any more, and that’s why he resigned, because of his health. No one can force a Pope to resign, but they can make his life difficult.
There’s a video on the internet somewhere, a very sad one, where Pope Benedict is on a visit to Germany, he looked old. As he walks along the tarmac at the airport, along the line of Bishops who are supposedly there to greet him, he holds out his hand to each one as he passes, and I think only one of them shakes it, the rest just stand there. Not many things surprise me any more, but that did.
It is said that some Cardinals campaigned to influence other Cardinals to elect Pope Francis, but that doesn’t make his election less valid. I’m sure it’s not the first time.
Why was the seminarian told to hide Pope Benedict’s book? There were people in the Church who didn’t like Pope John Paul either: Bishops, priests, lay people.
Mainly because they insisted that nothing had changed with regards to Church teaching on morality. Pope Benedict talks about it in his essay. There are some things that are always wrong, the Ten Commandments are still there, and there is a natural law. He mentions Pope John Paul’s Encyclical Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth), where PJP writes about these things. PJP taught philosophy at a university in Poland before he became Pope.
Some people in the Church have been influenced more by the culture than the Church, think of some prominent Catholic politicians in the U.S, or Canadian ones for that matter. It’s not that everything is bad in the culture, but some things are, as we all know.
Pope John Paul was speaking about the crisis facing western civilization in the 1970’s, Pope Benedict was too. Pope John Paul lived under communism and Nazi occupation. Pope Benedict under Nazi rule. They recognized what was happening in the West as did Solzhenitsyn. What none of them predicted at the time was the rise of Islam.