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Pope Addresses Synod Unexpectedly
Zenit News Agency ^ | October 7, 2005

Posted on 10/07/2005 6:26:10 PM PDT by NYer

Will Lead Oct. 17 Eucharistic Hour

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI spoke unexpectedly during the Synod of Bishops, offering a reflection on the sacrificial dimension of the Eucharist.

"The Holy Father wished to contribute to the fraternal spirit" at the end of the session of free interventions on Thursday, according to a news bulletin issued by the synod's General Secretariat.

A synod spokesman, Isidro Catelli, said today that the full contents of the Holy Father's 10-minute, spontaneous intervention would not be published immediately.

Catelli did say that the Pope spoke about the theology of the Eucharist with the knowledge he has as a former university professor.

ZENIT learned that the Pope's talk might be published once the transcription is revised by the Pontiff himself.

Father Giorgio Constantine, spokesman of the synod to Italian-speaking journalists, said in a briefing that "it was a wonderful intervention, of a great theologian, perhaps the first papal intervention in a synod's free discussion."

Adoration

Father Constantine also disclosed that Benedict XVI has decided to propose an hour of Eucharistic adoration in St. Peter's Basilica. The adoration will be led by the Holy Father himself on Monday, Oct. 17, from 5-6 p.m.

Legionary of Christ Father John Bartunek, spokesman for English-speaking journalists, said Thursday the Pope is participating with much attention in the synod's works.

On Thursday he arrived equipped with the working papers in a black briefcase, equal to the one given to all the synod participants.

Benedict XVI sits in the central chair of the synod's new hall, and at times greets the synodal fathers, or thanks them at the beginning and end of each session.

During coffee breaks, the Pope meets with the synod's working groups, which are divided by languages. In past days he spoke with members of the French-speaking groups, and today he spoke with the Spanish-speaking groups.


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1 posted on 10/07/2005 6:26:10 PM PDT by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

AP - Thu Oct 6, 6:22 AM ET

Pope Benedict XVI looks on as he attends a three-week meeting of the world's bishops at the Vatican Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005. More than 250 bishops, cardinals, heads of religious orders and others from about 118 countries will take part in the Synod of Bishops. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

2 posted on 10/07/2005 6:28:22 PM PDT by NYer (“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

I hope his address was to smack down the homosexual priest supporters.


3 posted on 10/07/2005 6:30:44 PM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: NYer

He doesn't look pleased, by that face.


4 posted on 10/07/2005 6:50:34 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Blessed Pius IX, pray for us!)
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To: murphE
This is great news. It means that the Holy Father is not going to let the synod get out of control as John XXIII and Paul VI did at Vatican II. He intends to preside in substance as well as in form. He is a shepherd that knows where he wants to lead the flock.
5 posted on 10/07/2005 6:54:22 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Pyro7480

That is a very..um...thoughtful face he is making! I love this Pope! Hope to hear/read what he said some day.


6 posted on 10/07/2005 6:59:16 PM PDT by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: Petrosius
I pray that you are right.
7 posted on 10/07/2005 7:01:21 PM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: murphE

I love that little icon. Where did you get it?


8 posted on 10/07/2005 7:02:43 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Pyro7480


You're right.


9 posted on 10/07/2005 7:03:35 PM PDT by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: murphE
I hope his address was to smack down the homosexual priest supporters.

According to Amy Welborn:

One synod participant told NCR that he suspects the pope intervened because the difference between the sacrificial and communal dimensions of the Eucharist was shaping up as a potential point of debate, and the pope wanted to steer the conversation away from what he sees as a false opposition.
But Amy was quoting John Allen quoting an unnamed synod participant...so who knows?
10 posted on 10/07/2005 7:09:30 PM PDT by Carolina
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To: NYer

His thoughts on Eucharistic Adoration, formerly Benediction, should be of great interest. We have Eucharistic Adoration at my parish every week. When I came to this parish it was the first time I had a Benediction since grade school.


11 posted on 10/07/2005 7:25:12 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN - 3rd Bn. Fifth Marines RVN 1969)
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To: Pyro7480

I hope it means in part he is ready to clear the decks of the Barque of Peter.


12 posted on 10/07/2005 7:30:30 PM PDT by Maeve (Praying........)
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To: Carolina

Did you see this yet?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1498750/posts


13 posted on 10/07/2005 7:30:40 PM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Warthogtjm
Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, although connected, are two different things. In my church we have Perpetual Adoration set up in a separate chapel. Here parishioners come 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to pray before the our Eucharistic Lord exposed in a monstrance upon an altar. Being Perpetual Adoration there is never Benediction, i.e. a blessing with the Host. Once a week in the main church there is Rosary and Benediction at which the Benediction, or blessing, is given after an half-hour of adoration.
14 posted on 10/07/2005 7:36:34 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: murphE

Thanks for some sanity. The MSM was hyperventilating over the report today. It just didn't make sense to me.


15 posted on 10/07/2005 7:38:07 PM PDT by Carolina
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To: NYer

surprise


16 posted on 10/07/2005 7:39:05 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Carolina

Well it's hard to know what is rumor and what is fact. I hope that Father Alphonse de Valk, from that article, is right.


17 posted on 10/07/2005 7:41:49 PM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Petrosius

We have Eucharistic Adoration every Tuesday starting after morning masses until concluded with a Benediction at 6:45 p.m. and a perpetual novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal thereafter.


18 posted on 10/07/2005 7:51:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN - 3rd Bn. Fifth Marines RVN 1969)
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To: NYer

"During coffee breaks, the Pope meets with the synod's working groups, which are divided by languages. In past days he spoke with members of the French-speaking groups, and today he spoke with the Spanish-speaking groups."

If they all spoke Latin, there wouldn't be any need to split up like that.


19 posted on 10/07/2005 8:09:02 PM PDT by dsc
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To: dsc
Again, this shows that the Holy Father is taking an active hand in the direction of the synod. Good news!

As for Latin, a common language would be good to bring all the bishops of the world together. More important still, we need to bring back the common theology that was taught when Latin reigned in the seminaries and universities.

20 posted on 10/07/2005 8:23:42 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

"More important still, we need to bring back the common theology "

That's the goal, Latin is a part of the means.


21 posted on 10/07/2005 8:34:25 PM PDT by dsc
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To: dsc

Maybe I am wrong, but I heard that even at Vatican I many bishops had a hard time communicating orally in Latin. In the 19th Century the usuall means was French.


22 posted on 10/07/2005 8:34:44 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: RobbyS

"Maybe I am wrong, but I heard that even at Vatican I many bishops had a hard time communicating orally in Latin."

Another means of separating the wheat from the chaff, perhaps.


23 posted on 10/07/2005 8:35:50 PM PDT by dsc
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To: dsc
That's the goal, Latin is a part of the means.

Agreed. I would like to see Latin reintroduced not at the seminary level, nor even at the High School level, but universally at the Middle School level. Culturally and academically, the restoration of Latin as a real language (and not just a tool for studying Caesar) would be a boon for Western society.

Vivat lingua materna in corde hominum!

24 posted on 10/07/2005 8:43:25 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

Long live the mother tongue in the heart of mankind?

or "The mother tongue lives in the heart of mankind?"

(I have a smattering of a few languages, but the only ones I really speak are English and Japanese.)


25 posted on 10/07/2005 8:49:06 PM PDT by dsc
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To: Petrosius

Long live the mother tongue in the heart of mankind?

or "The mother tongue lives in the heart of mankind?"

(I have a smattering of a few languages, but the only ones I really speak are English and Japanese.)


26 posted on 10/07/2005 8:49:16 PM PDT by dsc
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To: dsc
Long live the mother tongue in the heart of men.

Homo, -is is a third declention noun. Hominum is genetive plural.

27 posted on 10/07/2005 8:53:05 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

Ah. Maybe someday I'll have the leisure to put in some serious study.


28 posted on 10/07/2005 8:57:26 PM PDT by dsc
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To: dsc

Newman once commented that the problem was pronunciation. An Englishman could not be really fluent in Latin IF he had to adopt an italianate pronunciation. And if he tried, the Italians would simply sneer. Latin was better as a common written means. sort of like Chinese writing is common currency between northern and southern Chinese.


29 posted on 10/07/2005 9:28:06 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Petrosius

"As for Latin, a common language would be good to bring all the bishops of the world together. More important still, we need to bring back the common theology that was taught when Latin reigned in the seminaries and universities."

I suspect that most if not all speak latin to varying degrees. The issue is "varying degrees". If you're a Bishop in China, how often do you actually get to converse in latin? I suspect not so much, and probably with an accent that makes it difficult for you to be understood in any case.

And then there is the issue of the eastern churches, some of whom (the Melkites come to mind) might not be willing to speak latin in an official setting such as a synod. Regardless of whether they happen to speak it fluently.

Pope Benedict is a linguist. Switching between languages for him is fairly easy. He's also a scholar and very interested in what people are thinking. Sometimes things are better expressed in one's native tongue than in a second or third language.


30 posted on 10/08/2005 6:26:19 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: murphE

Bumping.


31 posted on 10/10/2005 9:12:26 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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