Skip to comments.Analysis: At 78, Ratzinger A Rising Star
Posted on 04/18/2005 2:22:37 PM PDT by Dajjal
In truth, though, this soft-spoken Bavarian, who was consecrated priest at age 24, "is not so much doctrinaire as he is committed to the truth and sound doctrine," a leading Protestant theologian told United Press International Friday.
"He is arguably the Catholic Church's finest theologian, in addition to being a very humble and deeply religious man.
"If he is to be the next pontiff, we may expect extraordinary surprises of him," said this scholar who knows Ratzinger well but asked to remain anonymous.
One surprise may pertain to ecumenism and especially Eucharistic fellowship, Vatican observers said. While Ratzinger played an important role in the drafting of the papal encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" (Church of the Eucharist), which generally rules out intercommunion between Catholics and Protestants, he is known to have made some remarkable exceptions to this rule himself.
At the funeral Mass for John Paul II, Ratzinger communed the Rev. Roger Schutz, a Swiss Protestant pastor and founder of the Taizé ecumenical community in France.
A German Lutheran theologian well known to the cardinal told UPI that he, too, received the sacrament from his hands.
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(Of course, why were these Protestants going to Communion at a Catholic service in the first place?)
Wow. Quis custodet ipsos custodes?
This is troubling, if accurate.
Read the entire article.
charlemagne would be proud.
Interesting. They're hitting Cardinal Ratzinger from both sides now. Someone's really afraid of a Ratzinger pontificate, it would seem.
On second thought, I'm not sure how credible this story is.
Ratzinger did NOT impose a gag on his fellow cardinals. Hadrian VI was NOT a German.
"Ecclesia de Eucharistia" is NOT translated as "Church of the Eucharist".
To receive or give the Sacrament is to "communicate", not to "commune".
Based on this and the article's speculative interpretation of what the Cardinal may have "hinted" at, for the time being I'm going to reserve judgment on everything else reported here.
It is my understanding that the "Protestant" being described converted to the Catholic Faith a while back.
I should have pinged you.
What do you make of this?
Can't be certain it's accurate.
I suspect it's dirt thrown up to make Ratzinger look bad to our conservative eyes, or good to the liberal wish it was reals.
It was Ratzinger, I believe, that made sure another Asissi never happened. I think this is a piece by someone who has an agenda.
It's looking more like "dirt" to me.
What about Assissi II a few years back? Doesn't that count?
Very disturbing, but not surprising, considering the late Pope John Paul II communicated to both a pro-abort Protestant, Tony Blair, and a Jewish millionaire.
Roger Schutz is still a Swiss Reformed brother. He did not convert. Taize is an ecumenical community.
I'm aware that Taize is an ecumenical (Order?) started during the WWII. But I caught a clip of the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul the Great and the commentator, who I believe was Neuhaus, was saying that the leader of the Taize community was now receiving communion (He was in a wheel chair brought up to Ratzinger) and that he had converted to full communion with the Catholic Church. I don't know if it was Roger Schultz or not.
Schutz is the leader of Taize, but I could find nothing about any conversion.
Isn't Ratzinger the one that was behind the announcement that the Jews can reject Jesus and find salvation, as they continue to wait for their own savior?
I can't help but wonder what St. Peter and St. Paul would have to say about rejecting Jesus in favor of some other, more "acceptible" redeemer. It reminds me of the ending of Quo Primum, the wrath of Peter and Paul...