Skip to comments.Benedict XVI - 'Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia'
Posted on 04/20/2005 3:14:35 PM PDT by CHARLITE
He took the name Benedict from the co-patron of Europe who founded over 40,000 communities of monasticism to combat widespread corruption. It should be no secret what Pope Benedict XVI's papacy will be like. For those 'enlightened' Catholics who dissent from magisterial teachings and who are grieved by the election, we bid you peace.
Barely one day before his election as the 264th Pope of the Church, Cardinal Ratzinger, a formidable intellect who will not yield to modernists, delivered a remarkable homily, calling for Catholics to be 'true Adults in the faith.' He explained:
"Being an 'Adult' means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today's fashions or the latest novelties. A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature."
Cardinal Ratzinger further cautioned Catholics not to remain infants in the faith, in a state of minority:
" Being tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery [Eph 4:14]. This description is very relevant today!"
Cd. Ratzinger's homily summed up the plan for his pontificate that the truths of the Catholic Church's teaching are absolute, while warning the Church's pastors to guard against "a dictatorship of relativism" that dominates modern society.
Earlier this week the Cardinal promised to clean the filth from the Church. This was not a Cardinal 'campaigning' with pleasing words to gain support. This was a Cardinal warning that if elected, this would be his strategy.
The majority of the world Cardinals clearly desired such a Pope. Several of his supporters were known to have joined Cd. Ratzinger's vision of restoring the faith long before the Conclave commenced. To mention a few, we include Cd. Ruini of Rome, Cd. Pell of Sydney, Cd. Glemp of Warsaw, Cd. Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Cd. Errázuriz Ossa of Chile, Canadian Cd. Ouellet of Quebec, Cd. Scola of Venice, Cd. Biffi of Bologna, and the popular U.S. Cd. George of Chicago.
Recently on two separate occasions, Cd. Ratzinger publicly cautioned Europe against admitting Islamic Turkey to the European Union and wrote to bishops around the world justifying that stand:
"The roots that have formed Europe, that have permitted the formation of this continent, are those of Christianity. Turkey has always represented another continent, in permanent contrast with Europe. There were the [old Ottoman Empire] wars against the Byzantine Empire, the fall of Constantinople, the Balkan wars, and the threat against Vienna and Austria. It would be an error to equate the two continents Turkey is founded upon Islam Thus the entry of Turkey into the EU would be anti-historical."
Will Pope Benedict XVI be effective against the onslaught of Islamofascism in Europe as Pope John Paul II was in stopping the tyranny of Communism?
Cd. Ratzinger's close working friendship with Pope John Paul II was like-minded in intellectual genius, spirituality, and regard for the dignity of mankind. However, after having served as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for John Paul II for ten years, the Cardinal openly desired to retire three separate times: in l991, in l996 and again in 2001, several months before he reached his 75th birthday. The Cardinal spoke of wanting to write books and return to his studies, living a much less public life. His suffering friend and Pontiff asked him not to retire. Thank God for the wisdom and vision of Pope John Paul II to keep the future Pope on the job! 
The moral theologian's prolific writings are cherished by 'Ratzinger Fans' worldwide who treasure and disseminate his moral lexis. Happy are those who read his admonitions to preserve the human conscience and absolute truths; his warning against the liturgical abuses and reforms after Vatican II;  his call to the more traditional practices; his teaching on the Eucharist, not as a meal but as a sacrificial memorial of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross; his reasoning of the collapse of the Catholic liturgy as the cause of the ecclesial crisis today; his warning regarding the 'Crises of Law' and the end of metaphys ics; the crises of the Church against feminism, liberation theology, individualism; his timeless series of homilies on the ancient 'Apostles' Creed;' his criticism of bishops afraid to govern;' and the beautiful interview showing the Cardinal's great life in and conversation with God.
Pope Benedict XVI's papacy will not merely emulate that of his beloved predecessor. He did not agree with John Paul II in the 'mea culpas' nor the large numbers of proclaimed blesseds and saints. Although he shares in his predecessor's vision of a 'new springtime,' Benedict XVI envisions it differently with 'healthy realism,' not with great numbers but with smaller holy groups of young and minorities, and perhaps even a remnant. He emphasizes evangelization worldwide.
In addition, he will bring his plan of resolve to fruitarian, and not without the help of a good number of world Cardinals who supported his well-publicized plan of defending the true faith.
Springtime always follows winter. Despite the failure of some of its members, the Church will be with us as Jesus promised until the end of the age [Mt. 28:20] and the powers of death will not prevail against it [Mt.16:18]. Understanding this well, Cardinal Ratzinger says that there are small groups of the new generations in the Church today who will renew the world:
"We should not think that in the near future Christianity would become a movement of the masses again, going back to a situation like medieval times. Powerful minorities, which have something to say and something to bring to society, will determine the future."
It is possible that the Pope's strategy will be as described by Roman journalist Sandro Magister:
" The power of the neoconservatives essentially consists in their program. They want a resumption of the active management of the Church's ordinary governance, its cleansing from "filthiness," a reinforcement of the doctrinal and moral formation of the clergy, a renewal of basic evangelization and the teaching of the catechism, a qualitative improvement in the celebration of the liturgy, a new missionary campaign."
Those blessed enough [and blessed they were] to have watched the results of the final vote live on television would agree there is no secular theatrical or sporting mega-event that could compare with the supernatural thrill, excitement and hope of the election and announcement of the new Pope. The black smoke followed by white smoke, the bells, the obvious wonder of the secular media, the electric throng of believers, then the breathtaking proclamation of Cardinal Medina-Estévez intoned to the crowd in Latin from the external loggia of the Hall of Blessings of the Basilica:
"Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus papam. Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Josephum, Sanctae Catholicae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger, qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedictum Decimum Sextum."
Then, that oh so familiar kindly face appeared. We didn't have to ask, as we did in previous elections, 'Who is this man? What is his name? Where is he from?" Our many prayers and novenas had been answered!
In a personal note, Mitch and I met and spoke with Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome in l998. It was quite impromptu, a surprising delight [for us at least] in the middle of busy Roman traffic. Cardinal Ratzinger immediately asked us if we were from the U.S. and he was most gracious as we discussed a particular Church matter in the U.S. We asked for his holy blessing, there on the edge of Borgo S. Angelo, a busy street near the Porto S. Pietro, the entrance to L'Osservatore Romano Ufficio. Cardinal Ratzinger bestowed his blessing over our bowed heads, as we knelt on the street's ancient bricks. Another great day in the Eternal City.
Nota bene: World Youth Day will be in Cologne, Germany this summer. What are the chances Pope Benedict XVI will be there?
Barb Kralis is a frequent contributing writer to CatholicOnline.org.
We're going to take back the Church from the lilly-livered cowards (Rogers Mahoney?) and bring a new light of hope to the Catholics world-wide.
This is what my friend, Barb Kralis, thinks on this subject. I'm not Catholic, but I admire strong Catholics and their unshakable faith. From what I can see, Catholics might be called upon once again, to save Europe and therefore the world, from Islam, as happened twice before.
This might have been the thinking of the collegiate, when they selected Benedict XVI. He's a European Pope. While it's true that Latin America is also being targeted by islamofascists, the main threat now is Europe. Choosing a Latin Pope would probably not have answered the immediate, greatest threat as urgently, as choosing a German.
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I wonder if God is yawning!
maybe they'll take a wrecking ball to the Taj Mahony while they'er at it... Hopefully Dr. Michael DeSanctis (designed it--ugly AS sin doesn't begin to describe it) is not a freeper, I talked to him numerous times, and sadly he got his grimmy hands on redesigning my parish's new building..
Keep the enlightened reforms in church policy (intermmariage, Catholic/Jewish relations) but for the love of God almighty, bring back the Latin Mass, and excommunicate David Haas and Marty Haugen
How about Dan Schutte -- the ex Jesuit, living with his homosexual partner and still giving conferences throughout dioceses in the USA...
didn't know Schutte was a fudgepacker, that his music stank was beyond the pale of obvious, but hopefully this Pontiff will put the smackdown on such things real quick.