June 6, 2009

"To distinguish the true from the false, and deceit from truth"

Alcuin Reid, We are lucky this Pope is 'ecclesiastically incorrect':

...On April 18 2005 a 78-year-old cardinal, at the end of his working life, preached the sermon for the cardinal-electors before they entered the conclave to elect a new pope. Joseph Ratzinger spoke that evening of the Church "moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognise anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires", and reminded the cardinals that the Church's true role is "to distinguish the true from the false, and deceit from truth".

His remarks were direct and incisive. They were the words of a man utterly without ambition who was ready to retire under the new pope. So "ecclesiastically incorrect" were they that one cardinal-elector, a strong supporter of his candidacy, later remarked that he wondered whether, by speaking thus, Ratzinger was deliberately trying not to be elected pope.

But the following day he was elected. Journalists, most famously Margaret Hebblethwaite on BBC television, bewailed that "Rottweiler Ratzinger" now held the Keys of St Peter. Even those of us who had read him for decades and who had known him as cardinal in brief but profoundly convincing encounters could barely believe that the cardinal who had so resolutely held and reaffirmed the Church's teaching on faith and morals — with the clear support of Pope John Paul II — and who had pioneered critical debate about the state of the Church following the Second Vatican Council, in fact emerged on the balcony of St Peter's as the Successor of St Peter.

But the cardinals knew Ratzinger personally, better than anyone, which is why, under the influence of God the Holy Spirit, they elected him. The media and most Catholics only knew his public reputation, which is why we had such hysteria.....

Cardinal Ratzinger provoked (still does) hysteria among the relativists because he symbolizes the uncompromising reality of what they are really afraid of...God. Symbolically the Cardinal, as Prefect of the Faith, was saying, "Sorry, Truth is real. The wizard is not going to emerge from behind the curtain and give us a little wink, and some wiggle-room."

Well, it's so. You don't keep going strong for 2,000 years by trickery. (3,500 years really, since the Church is the New Israel.) Nothing else has lasted a quarter as long.

"In fact, there's nothing that keeps its youth
So far as I know, but a tree and truth..."
Posted by John Weidner at June 6, 2009 10:32 PM
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