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Pope Makes Astounding Impact On Britain
The Wanderer Press .Com ^ | Top Stories for Thursday, September 30th, 2010 | JOHN BURKE

Posted on 09/26/2010 9:06:45 AM PDT by GonzoII

Top Stories for Thursday, September 30th, 2010:




Enthusiastic crowds outside Westminster Cathedral glimpse the Pope as he greets young Catholics from its steps.

Photo by John Burke


Pope Makes Astounding Impact On Britain

By JOHN BURKE

LONDON — The papal visit to four British cities has proved an unexpected triumph, amazing even Benedict XVI himself who had been aware that the schedule faced both problems and protests.

Although the turnout, which was always going to be lower than that for John Paul II in 1982, was needlessly curtailed, this was compensated for by extensive reporting in the secular media, especially the television channels whose live coverage was almost continuous.

The biggest achievement of His Holiness over four days was in calling the nation back to ancient,Christian values and in reminding ecumenical enthusiasts that he headed the one, true Church that could not abandon disputed doctrine.

For all Catholics, whom he asked to defend their faith, therewere six defining occasions. The very first was when he met the British sovereign in Scotland rather than as Elizabeth II in London where she also heads the Church of England. They met at Holyroodhouse, which was once the palace of Mary Stuart, the last Catholic monarch of Scotland, later executed by Elizabeth I, the first Protestant queen of England.

The next two occasions were in London on September 17. Benedict XVI addressed 1,800 politicians and other civic leaders at the Houses of Parliament, standing at the very spot in Westminster Hall where Sir Thomas More and others were condemned to death for not acknowledging Henry VIII as national head of the Church. Reminding his audience of the famous statesman’s conscience, he outlined “ the proper place of religious belief in the political process.”

The Pope then went across the way to Westminster Abbey, a church nationalized during the Reformation, where he made a point of incensing the tomb of its founder, King Edward the Confessor, and mentioning Archbishop Thomas à Becket who was slain for opposing royal encroachment. This time, His Holiness was exemplifying English champions of the faith to 2,000 churchmen and churchwomen from various Protestant denominations, largely Anglicans led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, whom he had met privately earlier in the day.

Reminding them that he was the Successor to Peter, he warned that ecumenism still faces major differences: “ The Church’s unity, in a word, can never be other than a unity in the apostolic faith.”

On that Saturday, His Holiness further highlighted Catholic tradition inside Westminster Cathedral, and not just by emphasizing Transubstantiation as confirmed during the Council of Trent, but also by blessing the replica of a revered Welsh statue of our Lady destroyed during the Reformation.

Inexplicably, however, he did not stop by a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, whose original was also destroyed in 1538, but a delegation from the restored English shrine, led by Antonia Moffat, held banners outside.

The fifth symbolic occasion was at the evening vigil in Hyde Park whose limits incorporate the onetime execution site of Tyburn, where many Catholics were martyred. Benedict said that the price of fidelity to the faith was no longer a cruel death but ridicule, and again he spoke of the laity’s role.

Finally, during his Sunday Mass in industrial Birmingham, he broke Vatican precedent by beatifying personally and locally John Henry Cardinal Newman who had shocked Victorian society by converting from the Church of England to that of Rome. Yet the Pope had one more thing to do.

Almost unnoticed were his admonitions on the Magisterium at a lengthy meeting with Britain’s 50 bishops. He also required a charitable attitude toward Anglicanorum Coetibus,the framework for facilitating the mass conversion of Protestants, and he further insisted that the new English translation of the Mass be used for intensive catechesis and deeper devotion.

Moral Relativism

Benedict XVI got such a positive response partly because so much of what he stated as Catholic doctrine confronted contemporary issues as common sense in line with the natural law. At his opening engagement in Edinburgh, he gave his first warning against “ aggressive forms of secularism,” later attacking “moral relativism.” During the Mass in Glasgow, he warned the many young Scots present against the illusory happiness provided by “drugs, money, sex, pornography, and alcohol.”

Another reason is that he preempted being tarred with his adolescence under Hitler by denouncing the Nazis as Godless and genocidal, then praising Britain’s democratic tradition. A third favorable factor was his repeated apologies for priestly pedophilia (“ unspeakable crimes”), and he even met five victims privately.

It helped too that Benedict XVI spoke good English — plus greetings in Gaelic and Welsh — putting his message across far more gently than the public anticipated. On the Friday alone, the 83- year- old Pontiff ( who later visited a retirement home) gave six addresses, warming to his theme of Catholic values.

The official desire for a harmonious visit was signaled at the outset when Benedict was greeted at the Scottish airport, unprecedented for a head of state, by the Duke of Edinburgh rather than by the customary younger royal or deputy minister.

The Queen said, “ Freedom to worship is at the core of our tolerant and democratic society,” while the Conservative prime minister, David Cameron, even escorted the Pope on departure, commenting, “You have made Britain sit up and think.”

His coalition deputy, Nicholas Clegg, an atheistic Liberal married to a Catholic, was sufficientlymoved by his meeting to exclaim, “I am fascinated by faith.”

All this was reported by 3,100 journalists, using a media center run by the Foreign Office instead of the Catholic Information Service of 1982. They were thus spared reinterpretation of the Pope’s words, especially as the Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, gave only one news conference — and would not answer The Wanderer’s question about getting the hierarchy to halt dedicated Masses for homosexuals.

Banner headlines in the non-Catholic press included: “We Will Not Be Silenced, Pope Tells Secular Britain” (Daily Telegraph); “Pope’s Plea to Save Christmas” (Evening Standard);

“Pope’s Rallying Cry” (Times);

“Pope Reaches Out to All” (Scotsman).

Even the Guardian, despite its Marxist slant, included accurate reports across several pages, while Stephen Glover, the columnist, wrote that his own Anglican leader, Rowan Williams, doubtless thought but dared not say what Benedict XVI stated about society.

The Downside

The Holy Father’s visit could have been, literally, a bigger success but for poor planning and budgeting, compounded by what Birmingham’s archdiocesan spokesman, Peter Jennings, called “ draconian security,” blaming it for reducing attendance there to 60,000.

Priests across the nation passed on complaints from parishioners who were never properly informed of the conditions for attending events, including charges for Catholics in England. Msgr. John Nelson of Portsmouth Diocese said he received up to 20 e-mails per hour from Catholics who had not realized that their tickets did not permit individual entry.

Not only did everyone have to be bused in, under a leader, but this usually involved travel at night and always being inside the secured area several hours before the Pope arrived. Whereas 300,000 people had seen John Paul II at Glasgow in 1982, this time the attendance proved far less than a forecast 100,000, although 125,000 onlookers lined the streets in Edinburgh.

At least 10,000 places at Hyde Park went unclaimed, including 3,000 for the suburban Diocese of Brentford. The actual attendance barely reached 100,000, while 1,500 casual arrivals had to listen outside the compound. Less than 100 came from Brighton, which is one hour from London by train, while Gillian Dymond from Cardiff told me, “ Older parishioners in Wales were deterred.”

The many young people there experienced their first benediction, but everyone had already sat through four hours of “ liturgical entertainment” that varied frombits ofHandel’s Messiah to “ Hot Gospel” dancing, plus a tendentious video from the dominant apostolate, Catholic Aid Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD), which is repeatedly accused of having a political and homosexual agenda.

CAFOD is the favorite agency of the English hierarchy, which continued its trivialization of the papal visit with a handbook ostensibly meant to explain the liturgy to broadcasters. It equated the altar with a table, a sacristy with backstage, and the congregation was like an audience. Mass on a sanctuary was likened to staging a gig!

Even the secular Daily Mail

criticized the booklet, although theTimes said the Mass in Glasgow was “like a rock concert with evangelism” and there was a similar complaint about the atmosphere when His Holiness visited 4,000 Catholic schoolchildren at a Catholic college. Fittingly, he told another crowd of young people outside Westminster Cathedral, “ It is in silence that we find God.”

Apparently, the Vatican had to insist on Latin for key parts of the Masses, and the one in Westminster Cathedral featured traditional aspects ignored in 1982 when, for example, Anglican clergy were allowed on the sanctuary. John Paul II sat facing the congregation, but Benedict XVI used the throne facing sideways.

Fr. Timothy Finnegan, a lecturer at Wonesh Seminary, told me, “ Benedict XVI still did not get everything he expected liturgically, but this visit has been a triumph. He has confounded his critics.”

He also defeated the likes of Tony Blair, Lord Patten, and Cormac Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, who had an ecumenical/ syncretist agenda, but became uncharacteristicallymuted. Fr. Jonathan Howe, a diocesan spokesman for Arundel, said, “This brings the British laity closer to the Pope.”

Moreover, the total public turnout of almost half a million eclipsed the only serious protest — a parade of 6,000 in London — which had to compete with an imagined plot against the Pope for publicity, and was largely dismissed by the press as cheap and contradictory.

Note: Ever since Henry VIII, any English monarch has headed the so- called Church of England, which is essentially Lutheran. Elizabeth II, ruler of the United Kingdom, is really Elizabeth I in Scotland, where the Church of Scotland is Presbyterian and of Calvinist origin. Sovereignty lies not in the Crown but in its General Assembly, and the Queen is merely represented.



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1 posted on 09/26/2010 9:06:49 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

Maybe Christianity will rise again. Maybe.


2 posted on 09/26/2010 9:11:45 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: GonzoII

The RCC, Anglicans and Episcopalians have pretty much ruined England already... and Ireland as well..


3 posted on 09/26/2010 9:46:52 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: GonzoII; Celtic Cross; Grizzled Bear; ScoopAmma; Irisshlass; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; ...
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4 posted on 09/26/2010 9:48:58 AM PDT by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: GonzoII
but Benedict XVI used the throne facing sideways.

Ha Ha. I do love this Pope! I'm sure he had his body/head slightly favoring ad orientem at times.

5 posted on 09/26/2010 10:03:39 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: GonzoII
Although the turnout, which was always going to be lower than that for John Paul II in 1982, was needlessly curtailed

So the turnout was "curtailed". Does this mean planners kept the venue sizes smaller than they needed to be?

6 posted on 09/26/2010 10:10:33 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: hosepipe

You wrote:

“The RCC, Anglicans and Episcopalians have pretty much ruined England already... and Ireland as well..”

The Catholic Church didn’t ruin England or Ireland. Protestant invented, imported and fostered liberalism has been damaging to many societies.


7 posted on 09/26/2010 10:56:36 AM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: GonzoII; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; ...
Note: Ever since Henry VIII, any English monarch has headed the so- called Church of England, which is essentially Lutheran. Elizabeth II, ruler of the United Kingdom, is really Elizabeth I in Scotland, where the Church of Scotland is Presbyterian and of Calvinist origin. Sovereignty lies not in the Crown but in its General Assembly, and the Queen is merely represented.

Learn something new every day.

8 posted on 09/26/2010 11:20:55 AM PDT by NYer ("God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar." St. Maximilian Kolbe)
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To: GonzoII
It remains to be seen if the Brits will excise the yoke of secular humanism and creeping Islam and return to its christian heritage. It might take a catastrophic event like the implementation of Sharia law into everyday life to awaken defensive mechanisms.

If one nation in Europe revolts against the spread of Islam then others might be encouraged to follow. With the dissemination of news today the specter of Islam spreading its tentacles surreptitiously is doubtful.

South America and China/Asia are watching and the more radical Islam becomes, the more likely it is to be thwarted in expanding into these regions.

9 posted on 09/26/2010 12:02:45 PM PDT by bronx2 (while Jesus is the Alpha /Omega He has given us rituals which you reject to obtain the graces as to)
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To: GonzoII

Actually Mary Queen of Scots was not the last Catholic monarch of Scotland—James VII (1685-1688), her great-grandson, was.


10 posted on 09/26/2010 12:14:23 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: GonzoII

¨´Knew you´d like him.¨ —Richard K Muldoon


11 posted on 09/26/2010 12:25:24 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: GonzoII
Continue to Pray for Pope Benedict [Ecumenical]
12 posted on 09/26/2010 6:54:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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