Monday, May 30, 2011

Notes: Tuesday, May 24-Monday, May 30, 2011 (part 2 of 2)

6. A couple of recent items regarding H.H. The Pope

6.1 Review of Light of the World

Worth reading as a whole, but I'm keeping it for future reference just for its mention of the apparent reason for the present Pope's non-use of the title "Patriarch of the West".

Labels: Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, Papacy, Patriarch of the West

6.2 H.H. The Pope on the Church's non-pursuit of "privileges"

VATICAN CITY, 27 MAY 2011 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Benedict XVI presided over the praying of the Rosary together with the bishops of Italy, entrusting the people of Italy to the Virgin. The Italian bishops were gathered for a General Assembly on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the political unification of Italy.

After praying the Luminous Mysteries, Benedict XVI addressed the Italian bishops, ...

[...] "Faith, in fact", he continued, "is not alienation. The experiences that poison the dignity of humanity and the quality of social life are other [than faith]. ... Italy, celebrating 150 years of political unity, has reason to be proud of the presence and outreach of the Church, which does not pursue privileges nor intend to substitute the responsibilities of political institutions. Respectful of the State's legitimate secularity, the Church is attentive to sustaining the fundamental rights of the human person. Among these are foremost ethical instances and therefore the openness to transcendence, which constitute values prior to any state jurisdiction because they are inscribed in the very nature of the human person".
[...]BXVI-ROSARY/ VIS 20110527 (600)
It occurred to me recently that one of the big differences between the Catholic religion and the Conciliar religion is evident in the Leonine Prayers for recital after Low Mass, in which Catholics pray for "the liberty and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church"--that's liberty and exaltation, not just liberty. Whereas the Catholic Church asks God for her liberty and exaltation, the Conciliar church asks the State merely for its liberty:
... And what does this Church ask of you after close to 2,000 years of experiences of all kinds in her relations with you, the powers of the earth? What does the Church ask of you today? She tells you in one of the major documents of this council. She asks of you only liberty, the liberty to believe and to preach her faith, the freedom to love her God and serve Him, the freedom to live and to bring to men her message of life. ...
[Address of Paul VI., on behalf of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, to "all those who hold temporal power",
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I suppose that members of the Conciliar religion would try to downplay this contrast by saying that they do desire the Church's exaltation, but in an eschatological sense. A Catholic can respond to this by pointing out that Christ the King has social rights not just at the end of time, but right here and right now, and if Christ is King, then surely His Bride is Queen.

Labels: Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, Church and State

7. Notable appointments to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation

From a recent edition of the Vatican Information Service's daily e-mail bulletin:

VATICAN CITY, 19 MAY 2011 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father appointed as consultors of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization: Msgr. Fernando Ocariz, vicar general of Opus Dei; ... Fr. Julian Carron, president of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation and ecclesiastical assistant to the Association "Memores Domini"; ... Dr. Chiara Amirante, founder and president of the New Horizons Association of the diocese of Anagni-Alatri, Italy; Mr. Kiko Arguello, a co-initiator of the Neo-Catechumenal Way; ...
[...]NA/ VIS 20110519 (240)
According to a ucanews post to which there was a link in one of the items in last Friday's edition of CathNews Perspectives, "[f]ive representatives from various Church movements were appointed along with five experts."

Labels: Roman Curia

8. "More older Britons having abortions"

That article's concluding paragraph seemed particularly significant:
The figures reflect large-scale social changes in recent years. The percentage of single women in Britain has more than doubled in the past three decades, with 43 per cent of women under 50 never having married in 2009.
Labels: abortion, demography, marriage, U.K.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Felix, Pope, Martyr, A.D. 2011


Leonard said...

Your eminence, do you think that you'll write a post about the recent, and apparently disastrous, Malta divorce referendum?

Cardinal Pole said...

I don't think that I'll do a blog post on it, though a news report on it was posted at AQ and I was considering responding to the following excerpt from that report:

"Lawrence Gonzi, the prime minister who campaigned against the introduction of divorce in the last European country apart from the Vatican City where it is illegal, said it was now up to the Maltese parliament to confirm the change to the law.

""This is not the result that I wished for, but the will of the people has to be respected and parliament should enact a law for the introduction of divorce," the conservative prime minister said."

I don't know whether Mr. Gonzi's remark was reported accurately there, but given its reported content, my response would have been to point out that it calls to mind one of the condemned errors from Quanta cura:

"The will of the people, manifested as they say by public opinion, or in some other way, constitutes the supreme law, freed from all divine and human right; and, that deeds consummated in the political order, by the very fact that they have been consummated, have the force of right."
[Dz. 1691,]

Leonard said...

I've read various sites which suggest - even though they don't prove - that Prime Minister Gonzi, alas, was accurately quoted. But then, how many Australian Catholics in 2011 have even heard of Quanta Cura? Or Mirari Vos? Or Mortalium Animos? Your Eminence has, and I have, but as for most others ...