Thursday, October 30, 2008
Yesterday afternoon Pope Benedict XVI spoke at a Mass in honor of the 50th anniversary of Blessed Pope John XXIII’s election as Pope. His openness to the Holy Spirit made possible the “truly special gift” of Vatican II to the Church, Benedict XVI said.
Gathered with 3,000 pilgrims from the late Pontiff’s home diocese of Bergamo, Italy, Pope Benedict described him as the “Papa buono” (the good Pope) as he recalled how "the grace of God was preparing a period of commitment and promise for the Church and for society” at the time Bl. John XXIII was elected.
This grace, was able to help the Church flourish because of John XXIII’s openness to the Holy Spirit, said Pope Benedict, as he described how that “fertile soil,” which characterized the late Pope’s whole life, bore the fruits of “harmony, hope, unity and peace, for the good of all humanity.”
Read the rest if you have the stomach for it...
Hmmmmm. Let's see--shortage of priests, closing churches, rampant homosexuality in the seminaries, declining membership in the parishes, scandalous priestly sexual abuse of the laity's children, clown liturgies, errant spirituality by various visionaries, a divorce rate equal to that of secularists, wholesale ignoring of H.V., abandonment of the sacrament of confession, disregard for Marian devotion, priestly support for abortion--yeah, this was the work of the Holy Spirit alright.
Honestly, in an effort to protect the reputation of the Church, sometimes I think Benedict would even canonize Satan if he had managed to have himself elected pope. Next I suppose we'll hear about the beatification of Paul VI.
This Catholic is not buying it! There are times when silence is golden if you don't want to come across as delusional or worse.