Pope Benedict XVI says Church is ‘on the verge of capsizing’
The Church “stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination,” Pope Benedict said in a message read by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, his personal secretary and head of the papal household. Because of this “pressing need,” Meisner “found it difficult to leave his post.”
“What moved me all the more was that, in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing,” the pope emeritus concluded.
Meisner, who was 83, was one of the four cardinals who sent Pope Francis a dubia, consisting of five questions, asking if Amoris Laetitia is aligned with Catholic morality. He died still awaiting the pope’s response. Although Pope Francis hasn’t answered the dubia, he has given his approval to interpretations of the controversial exhortation that say those living in adulterous unions may receive Holy Communion.
Pope Benedict also mentioned in his statement that he had spoken to Cardinal Mesiner on the telephone the day before his death.
Canon lawyer Kurt Martens said Pope Benedict’s message was an “amazing yet diplomatic form of support for [the] dubia Cardinals.”
In June 2017, Pope Benedict met new cardinals alongside Pope Francis. He had a brief message for them: “The Lord wins in the end.”
Meisner died holding his breviary, about to offer Mass.
BENEDICT XVI: CDL. MEISNER’S PEACE FLOWED FROM HIS TRUST IN GOD
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • July 17, 2017
“He learned to let go … even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck”
ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI revealed the secret of Cdl. Joachim Meisner’s inner peace, which was his confidence that God would keep the barque of Peter from sinking.
In a tribute read at the funeral Mass of the former archbishop of Cologne, the retired Pope wrote, “I have been all the more impressed that in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and live increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck”
The former Holy Father, who had spoken with the cardinal just the day before he died July 5, attested to the level of spiritual joy that Cdl. Meisner maintained. “What struck me particularly in the last conversations with the cardinal, now gone home, was the natural cheerfulness, the inner peace and the assurance he had found,” remarked Benedict.
Noted in the tribute was the fact that it wasn’t easy for Cdl. Meisner to “let go.” He was, afterall, one of the four cardinals who had coauthored the famous dubia or questions concerning the issue of allowing the divorced and civilly remarried to receive Holy Communion. He looked on with great concern at modern prelates, who are now allowing sacrilegious reception of Holy Communion.
Benedict acknowledged this heroic struggle in his dear friend, who watched unfaithful shepherds treat his Lord with such contempt:
We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office, and this precisely at a time when the Church had a pressing need for shepherds who would oppose the dictatorship of the zeitgeist, fully resolved to act and think from a faith standpoint.
It wasn’t just his love of the Church that caused the cardinal so much stress but his love of souls being restored to grace in the confessional and his love for Our Lord in the Eucharist. Benedict touched on both sources of joy in the cardinal’s life.
The first was that he often related to me that what filled him with deep joy was to experience, in the Sacrament of Penance, how young people, above all young men, came to experience the mercy of forgiveness, the gift, in effect to have found life, which only God can give them.
This is all the more remarkable as many clerics are speaking and acting as if conversion is impossible for the modern fallen Catholic. Many seemingly aren’t concerned that Catholics be restored to a state of grace prior to receiving Holy Communion.
The second source of joy for Cdl. Meisner, according to Benedict, was the increase in Eucharistic adoration especially that which had began at World Youth Day in Cologne back in 2005. “This was the central theme for him at World Youth Day in Cologne — that there was adoration, a silence, in which the Lord alone speaks to hearts,” wrote Benedict. He added that Eucharistic adoration at that event “became an interior event that has remained unforgettable and not only to the Cardinal. This moment for him was subsequently always present internally and a great light for him.”
The former pope in his homage noted that Cdl. Meisner had died while praying his breviary. “The art of dying, which was given to him, again demonstrated how he had lived: with his face towards the Lord and in conversation with Him,” said Benedict. “Let him now intercede for the Church of Cologne and for the whole world!”
Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com. Follow Bradley on Twitter: @BradleyLEli
Benedict XVI paid tribute to German Cardinal Joachim Meisner, describing him as a “passionate Pastor” and a “spiritual Father,” on the occasion of his funeral, held at Cologne, Germany, on July 15, 2017.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary of the Pope Emeritus, read the Pope Emeritus’ words, reported in Italian by Vatican Insider. The Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Cologne, died on July 5 at the age of 83.
“For him, passionate Pastor and spiritual Father, it was difficult to leave his post at this moment when the Church is in need of Pastors of conviction who are able to resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the times . . . but he learned to let go in the last period of his life, and he was able to live it with the profound certainty that the Lord does not abandon His Church,” wrote Benedict XVI.
Benedict XVI, who recently had a telephone conversation with Cardinal Meisner, said: “What impressed me most in these last conversations with the deceased Cardinal was his relaxed serenity, his interior joy and the trust he found.”
The Pope Emeritus recalled the circumstances of his death. “The Breviary fell from his hands; he died while he was praying, looking at the Lord and talking with Him,” which shows “how he lived: in the presence of the Lord and in conversation with Him. We must entrust his soul with certitude to the goodness of God.”
He also recalled that the deceased “had a great love for the Churches of Central Eastern Europe, which suffered so much from Communist persecution.” – Read the source: https://zenit.org/articles/passionate-pastor-benedict-xvis-tribute-to-cardinal-meisner/
POPE FRANCIS: CLEAN YOUR HOUSE
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • July 17, 2017
Vatican gay sex stings are symptoms of the homoheresy
The scandal of homosexual clerics preying on young males and the latest gay sex stings in the Vatican are but symptoms of the homoheresy. The depraved lifestyle of gay priests expresses their rejection of Church teaching on the intrinsic evil of homosexual relations.
In 2007, Newsweek ran a story by Vaticanista Ed Pentin on Msgr. Tommaso Stenico, videotaped soliciting a male youth in Rome for sex. The young man related telling the monsignor he was “about to commit something with me that is a sin in the eyes of God.”
The 60-year-old Stenico replied, “No, I don’t consider it a sin.”
The homoheresy and its resulting lifestyle leads to the homolobby, as coined by Polish priest Fr. Dariuz Oko in his 2012 article titled “With the Pope Against the Homoheresy.” During an interview in Poland, Fr. Oko told Michael Voris that as many as 10 percent of the clergy worldwide are homosexual, but in Rome that number is as high as 50 percent.
The media downplays the connection between the pedophilia scandal and homosexual clerics. In 1961, however, a document by the Sacred Congregation of Religious signed by Pope St. John XXIII connected them. The document reads, “Advancement to religious vows and ordination should be barred to those who are afflicted with evil tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty, since for them the common life and the priestly ministry would constitute serious dangers.”
Watch the panel discuss evidence of this homomafia in The Download—Vatican Gay Sex Sting.
VATICAN GAY SEX STING – Further proof of a powerful gay lobby.
July 17, 2017
Further proof of a powerful gay lobby.
Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com.
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Image: the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio as it appears on Google Street View. This is the building where the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are housed.
Last week, we received a text sent to us from reliable Italian sources. It offers new details on a recent scandal which has made international headlines. In June, the story broke of a Vatican police raid which interrupted a drug-fueled homosexual orgy in an apartment within Vatican City. The setting for this sordid tale was not just any Vatican apartment, but one located in the same building in which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has its offices. As Vatican journalist Edward Pentin noted in his 8 July report, “many would find such behavior taking place in the Holy Office not only unconscionable but also highly sacrilegious.”
The occupant of the apartment was Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, the secretary of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. It has been reported that Coccopalmerio had advocated for Capozzi to be made a bishop.
As for the apartment that served as the scene of the crime, Pentin describes it as follows:
The [Il Fatto Quotidiano] report further claims that the area of the building was reserved not just for monsignors but senior curial officials, suggesting that the secretary had influential friends in high places to secure such a prestigious apartment.
Pentin also quotes a member of the Roman Curia who further commented on this recent incident:
In the meantime, a reliable senior member of the curia has told the Register that he has heard from “multiple sources” that the story is true, including from another senior curial figure.
He said the extent of homosexual practice in the Vatican has “never been worse,” despite efforts begun by Benedict XVI to root out sexual deviancy from the curia after the Vatileaks scandal of 2012.
After receiving the report below, which contains new information about the Capozzi case, we reached out last week to both Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press office, and Don Slawek, the secretary of Cardinal Müller, requesting verification of the facts as reported. As of this writing, neither party has responded to our inquiries. It is perhaps noteworthy that in Pentin’s own 8 July report on this story, he offered a curious description of the silence with which he was greeted when speaking to Mr. Burke on this matter:
Holy See spokesman Greg Burke made it clear he would not confirm the orgy allegations, and did not comment when asked if he could not confirm all, or just parts, of the account reported in Il Fatto Quotidiano. Asked later if the Vatican would comment when the story had received global attention, Burke continued to remain silent.
It seems that the details of this story are something that the Vatican would prefer neither to confirm nor deny.
Let us now consider these additional facts, as they come to us from Italy. We may thereby consider how the pope deals with at least some of his cardinals. The following text is presented as we received it from our sources. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity:
While Cardinal Joachim Meisner – the old friend of John Paul II and Benedict XVI – until his sudden death was still waiting, though in vain, for an answer from their successor [Francis] to his request to be received personally in a clarifying audience with the pope, Pope Francis, instead, chose something else. He called personally over the telephone once more, some two weeks (or so) ago, Eugenio Scalfari, and he asked him about his well-being, adding some solicitous counsel for that elderly editor of La Repubblica. That is to say, that “two liters of water and well-salted food” would do him good in this summer heat of Rome. Then he invited him again to visit for a conversation on that same day, at 4 p.m., in the guest house Santa Marta, which is to the left side of, and directly behind, St. Peter’s Dome.
It was the fourth [sic] lengthy interview given by the pope from Buenos Aires to this 93-year-old atheist and prominent Italian Freemason, with Scalfari himself – again once more – not making use of his own recorder, but, rather, presenting the interview afterwards only “from memory.” Old School, that is.
At the end, Francis touched the old man to tears when he accompanied him to the car, opened for him his door, helped him to seat himself, and then stood and waved after him until the car had left his sight.
Their conversation itself, however, was less exciting, if we are to rely on the notes of Scalfari. The discussion proceeded from the G-20 Summit, to the Italian journalist’s own Jesuit education, over to [the somewhat anti-Jesuit] Blaise Pascal whose Beatification and Canonization would especially delight Scalfari.
Some of the greater controversial topics were for some reason left out, and also such papal provocations such the ones stemming from his 2014 Christmas addressto the Curia where he attested in the presence of his closest collaborators to their having “spiritual Alzheimer’s”; and also denounced the cliques he then detected within the Curia as a “cancer.”
As much as it was disconcerting, this papal Christmas address at the time pleased many, especially those from outside of the Catholic Church; but it also slightly distorted the view that, behind this overpowering pope, there are now forming – as naturally as the swirl and wake behind a wide ship – distinct cliques with their own special, even disparate, properties. Wherever there is real power (not just formal power), there also accumulate the sycophants: the bootlickers, brownnosers, and wannabe minions – everywhere and by themselves, at all times. No wonder that it is not now different with a man like Francis who has made such extensive use of the personal power of the popes as none of his predecessors has done for a long time.
There is talk in Rome, now burning with the heat of summer these days, about one such a case: a case which is also especially delicate:
Because in that very same apartment in the venerable Palazzo del Sant’Ufficio [a part of the former Holy Office] – where gendarmes of the Vatican, some weeks ago, and in the middle of the night, raided a homoerotic orgy and thereby also confiscated large amounts of cocaine – life could have been much more leisurely and more pious, if things had just continued to take their even half-way normal and reasonable ways in the Vatican. But such “normalcy” is not any more so.
That is to say, this chosen and now-besmirched apartment had stood empty for quite some time, and it had first seemed to be an ideal place for one of Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s own special assistants, who was, at that time, looking for an apartment for himself, and, if possible, also near the working place of his own chief. The apartment thus seemed to be ideal for him. The matter seemed already nearly perfectly settled, when then, suddenly, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – with his own close connections to Pope Francis – claimed an urgent need for it, instead, as a useful dwelling for his own dicastery secretary – and in exactly that very same, then empty, apartment.
A personal intervention by Pope Francis himself finally decided that matter, and very quickly, so that this beautiful dwelling then did not go to the assistant of Cardinal Müller, but fell, rather, into the hands of that curial secretary who afterwards turned it, together with his own friends – and, as it seems, also with the addition of some “rented boys” – into a nest for homosexual escapades and drug experiments.
As the French say, and often ironically so: “Tant pis!” [“So much for that!”]
We are left to wonder how Cardinal Müller — who has objected so strongly to the Church’s own failure to follow Catholic Social Teaching when dealing with employees of the CDF — responded to this papal initiative and “style“.
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In fact, the decision to admit them to Holy Communion would open the door to this sacrament for all who live in mortal sin. This in turn would lead to the elimination of the Sacrament of Penance and distort the significance of living in the state of sanctifying grace. Moreover, it must be noted that the Church cannot accept the so-called “gradualness of the law” (John Paul II,