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For the Record - Le Monde: Benedict, the "reactionary"


From an editorial, entitled "The Church in retreat", published today by the French leftist national daily Le Monde, the newspaper of the French political mainstream:

...Benedict XVI praises the most conservative trends in his Church and resumes the Roman "intransigentism" of the 19th Century. It is hard to understand that in Poland an ultra-Catholic radio may support, with complete impunity, policies as extremist as those of the Kaczynsky brothers. Or that in Spain the Spanish episcopate attacks a Socialist government which it considers one of the most anticlerical in History. Or that in Italy, after losing its combat in the 1970s against divorce and IVG ["voluntary interruption of pregnancy", i.e. abortion], the Church stakes all [its power] against "civil unions".

A papal decree will liberalize, in May, the ancient rite of the Church (Mass in Latin, with the back turned to the people). It is a measure dreaded by a majority of French Catholics, led by the episcopate, attached to the legacy of the council of the 1960s. If, in his recent "apostolic exhortation", Benedict XVI proclaims his fidelity to Vatican II, his liturgical legalism delights the militants of ancient tradition. These struggles are largely misunderstood by those, believers or not, for whom the vocation of Christianity expresses itself more through aid to marginalized populations than through this disciplinary legalism [lit.: pointillisme], more on help to those who suffer than on this reactionary temptation.

33 comments:

New Catholic said...

As always, we wish to make clear our great skepticism regarding specific dates or date ranges. This information is made available here for the general record of events.

Guadalupe Guard said...

Great phrase: "delights the militants of ancient tradition." May the Holy Ghost continue to enlighten and fortify His Holiness so that the article's characterization of his pontificate be ever so true and more so.

Athanasius said...

Classical leftist style, abhor real religion which takes God seriously, and promote something like helping the poor, always beautiful and wonderful in itself, as the totality of religious duty. Is it little wonder that they want man celebrated in the liturgy as well, which is why they continue this jargon of "the priest with his back to the people", because if you are not facing the people, you must be facing God, something every leftist dreads.

Athanasius said...

I hope you have had a blessed Easter, and that we may rise with Him and without our sins for the next year.

Anonymous said...

Pope citing Marx in his new book...Hmmm...Very conservative...

Hebdomadary said...

Someone should remind the French Press that their country have never gotten far enough in a battle to either advance OR retreat. They just gave up. The Church is in the battle for the long term, and we advance in all kinds of directions. Blessed Easter from San Diego!

alsaticus said...

Personally I am not "delighted" at all by the past 2 years. I am not "delighted" by the episcopate pope Benedict XVI is installing everywhere, not delighted at all. I am not delighted by the practical lack of any decisive action from Rome on any crucial issue since John-Paul II death.

However re this outrageously stupid editorial, it is needed to correct a big LIE : "It is a measure dreaded by a majority of French Catholics". oh !
"Le Monde" is uttering an enormous lie : an opinion poll showed a few years ago that an OVERWHELMING majority of French "Catholics" was/is in favor of granting TLM for those who are asking for it : the poll was over 70% of pro !

As for the bishops who are leading the opposition, alas, the paper is right there : thanks to His Holiness, more trad-haters have been added month after month to this episcopate.
Comprenne qui pourra ...

prof. basto said...

The disrespect of the secular media towards Catholics and Catholicism is so grat that they choose our greatest feast, namely, Easter, to publish this attack against our Holy Father.

As athanasius pointed out above, this is classical leftism: for Le Monde and those in the left, the Catholic Church must be nothing more than helping the poor (and they state it as if the Church had stopped doing it in the present pontificate) but with no relegious content (thus the criticism against the teaching on morals: abortion, gay unions, etc...), finally, the non-Catholic newspaper intervenes to meddle in the internal affairs of our Liturgy, deploring respect for our liturgical tradition as "legalism", and making an inexplicable campaign against the Tridentine Rite (the old "priest with his back to the people" line).

This article fills me with absolute rage. And they do it on purpose, to disturb our Easter!!!

Chris said...

What is “fidelity to Vatican II”? Some think of Vatican II as a super-council, which redefined the entire structure of the Church, and quashed past councils. This it did, but unintentionally. Really, Vatican II was a pastoral council with documents such as the Church and social communications, and documents on how beautiful, say, Buddhism is. Vatican II was a gift to the world, not a gift to the faithful.

The Latin mass was formulated through many centuries. If the Church is ever new and yet ever old, unchanging in its faith, universal in its scope, and the precursor to eternity, then one may accuse it of “intransigence”, in a sense. Although even Vatican II said it was not called to change the faith, but for aggiornamento, or an “updating” of the faith. But the Church, like nature itself, changes, but remains ever pure and ever refreshed, but in its basic understanding the same. Each spring flowers return, although their arrangement may be different. Even the Tridentine mass has seen small changes throughout the centuries, but always with the basic structure intact. It was only the mass of Paul VI, which created a new mass in a 1960’s liturgical think-tank, and created an inauthentic breach in the history of the Church, even though it is a valid mass.

The real intransigence is among those liberals who think they are on the cutting-edge, but are really re-hashing old and tired, boring and silly arguments extolling the greatness of man and the death of God. To them, every idea of greatness, is the exaltation of man over the power of God. They are as old as the ability of man to lie, and as redundant and tiring as the father of lies.

humboldt said...

Interesting that Le Monde has taken interest in the so called MP. An editorial is certainly important, but Le Monde is the left and we all know what to think of them. But to call Benedict XVI a reactionary, nothing more far from the thruth. He is not a reactionary but a classic liberal, but not an ultraliberal. And in several aspects he is more liberal than JPII. As for legalist, also not true. If he were the recent AP would have been more strict and definitive. But it is interesting that major newspapers are taking an interest in the pontificate of Benedict XVI. We still haven't heard from the major british and U.S newspapers on the subject.

prof. basto said...

CRISTOS ANESTI!

A happy, blessed Easter to all those who read Rorate Caeli!

techno_aesthete said...

Weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Athanasius said...

Pope citing Marx in his new book...Hmmm...Very conservative..

It all depends what he is sighting and why. Marx's critiques of godless Captialism are actually on the money and similar to many of the things Pope Leo XIII and Pius XI said. The problem with Marx is his demonic solution: godless communism which denies man's right to private property and his obligation to worship God rather than the state.

Let's read the book first and draw our conclusions after.

humboldt said...

Athanasius, I do not feel the same way you do. Actually Marx was not merely an antireligious bigot, but a tyrant that did not believe in the human dignity of man. And his proposition involved cancelling private property, and neither Leo XIII nor Pius XI nor the Gospel ever fostered such unnatural ideas.

Fr V said...

This is one of the most ludicrous editorials that I have read in some time. Given the howls of indignation the Pope is right on target with the motu proprio. Majority of French Catholics against this? Would that be the majority of the 1% who go to Mass in France? The future of the Church will be with the Tradition because they will be the only ones getting vocations. The Church is France unfortunately has been on a course of self-destruct even before the Council.

Brideshead said...

'These struggles are largely misunderstood by those, believers or not, for whom the vocation of Christianity expresses itself more through aid to marginalized populations than through this disciplinary legalism [lit.: pointillisme], more on help to those who suffer than on this reactionary temptation.'

What in the world do these implacable enemies of Christ know about "the vocation of Christianity"? Keep in mind that our Blessed Lord himself does not pray for worldlings such as these. They have made their choice.

Ad Orientem said...

More drivel brought to us from the authors of the French Revolution and secular humanism. If they said anything kind about B16 I would be inclined to take a hard look at whatever he was doing.

Christ is risen!

brideshead said...

Yes, the French Revolution continues. I was just thinking about that, and how Archbishop Lefebvre always called to mind that historical watershed.

How very sad that such a traditional Catholic devotion as the Stations of the Cross must now be tailored to pander to the interests of Le Monde.

Patrick said...

And we should believe a French Leftist broadsheet that can barely get the date right let alone the facts?

The article reveals the glaring deficienies in faith formation in France as well as the failure of their secular educators to allow the student to learn how to think, much less express opinions.

Perhaps the good Editors at Le Monde might reflect that it was the abandonment of Tradition for novelties and the cult of Priest Performer that helped bring about the crisis in the Church. A hierarchy vested in the diminished and impoverished rites forced upon us by dubious reformers might not be the right folks to listen to when evaluating any changes that would seem to be retrograde.

More of the fruits of Modernism, a heresy that should have been fully extirpated years ago, but like a weed, has continued in the garden when the gardeners become complacent.

Brideshead said...

Militants of ancient tradition, unite! Thank you, Le Monde, for reminding us that our instincts are correct.

David said...

I love the Traditional Latin Mass.

Why do these so-called "liberals" (which they are patently not in the classical sense of the word) give me the liberty to attend this beautiful, ancient jewel of the Church?

Caritas said...

St. Louis, Pray for France.
St. Joan of Arc, pray for France.
St Francis of Sales, pray for France.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for France.
Notre Dame de Lorette, de Lourdes and perpetual recourse, pray for France.

All the Saints and Martyrs, pray for France.

Of one thing I remain convinced, Providence never fails!

+ Joyeuse Pâques +

Stu said...

Man overboard, port side.

Gillibrand said...

Sore loosers

Pascendi said...

Liberalist pluralism is nothing but fascism in white gloves.

Braingasm said...

I notice that Le Monde now says the Mot-Prop will come out in May. Is this a common view, and is it founded on anything substantial?

Anonymous said...

See:

http://michaeldubruiel.blogspot.com/2007/03/latest-rumor-on-motu-proprio.html

and

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=689

I have personal verification of the above facts. But, as we know, things can change...

New Catholic said...

As I wrote earlier, we really should not concern ourselves so much with the date of the document. Let us wait for it, it will come, as the Pope's Secretary of State has confirmed.

Anonymous said...

Good idea, New Catholic.

Anonymous said...

"the great majority of French Catholics" !?! they haven't been to Church in ages why should Benedict worry about them? I beleive that the main problem with the liberalizing of the Classic Roman Rite in France is the time people coming back to the Church will take from the Bishops' golf games.

Anonymous said...

Le Monde in France like other left-wing reactionary 19th century socialist mouth pieces & included in that redundant little elitist club is the publicly financed BBC in the United Kingdom NBC CBS and so-called and now defunct radio america. They all have one thing in common their time has pasted, everyone knows the butchery of socialism in Russia for 75 years and the communist concentration camps that far out stripped their nazi comrades in arms and the 40 million souls that died at the hands of Mao and the workers paradise in China & Pol Pot the communist butcher of Cambodia and the history and list of the human rights violations by the socialists/Communist elitists that held sway in the early and middle half of the 20th century. The rot of these socialists and their secular-humanist social orders has been around for a long time and it will be for the next generation to purge themselves of Karl Mark and that putrid cancer called secular-humanism cum Marxism cum socialism cum communism. Even the Catholic Church a staunch enemy of the above mentioned historic aborrations became heavily influenced thanks to the re-inventors of the meaning of Vatican 2, the novus ordo mass and the corruption that set in the Catholic church in the fascist reign of Pope Paul 6th and his lackey the freemason annabale bugnini and the actor/showman aka John Paul 2 the not so great who managed the only schism in the church since vatican 2 with orthodox Catholics. The Catholic church is rift with apostate & pedophilic priests, bishops archbishops and cardinals all appointed over forty years of post vat 2 corruption by Paul 6 & John Paul 2. In the end the Church belongs to G-D not to some charismatic or dictatorial Pope and possibly with the reign of the new Pontiff Pope Benedict 16th the beginning of the end of liberal/humanist & masonic influence in the highest corridors of the Vatican will END. IF this pope puts an end to the Heterodox priests and bishops & appoints G-D fearing and Orthodox bishops and stop the corruption of the Catholic Church that has been eating at her for 40 years THEN BY GOD you will see growth in the church of such spectacular proportions you will know it is the work of the King of the Universe---Pacem-Pax-Shalom

Anonymous said...

As a former socialist the mindset of a reactionary leftist is not too hard to figure out. Anything and I mean anything that even hints of Orthodoxy is not only feared by revisionists on the left aka liberals aka marxists aka socialists, this revisionist element particularly manifest in banal secular europe will literally stop at nothing to prevent the return of traditional to a church literally & deliberately screwed up at and since the council referred to as vatican two. There are more that a few appointees of john paul 2 & paul 6th that are so bloody far leftwing religiously & theologically such as the now dead bernardin in the US, roger mahoney the grand poobah of LA the deceased suenan and reprobate freemasons like weakland not to mention the knee jerk idol of modernity in orange county good ole boi bishop tod brown "the get up off ur feet prelate that abused a devout women at one of his messes, masses". All these good ole boys in the Roman Catholic episcopacy are in the same club and same ilk as montini and the freemason and inventor of the catholic protestant service called the novus ordo missae or better know as the modern venacular mass of paul 6th.

Anonymous said...

correction---------- the novus ordo venacular mess was invented by the freemason archbishop annadale bugnini & a gang of protestant clerical "advisors" and ruthlessly enforced by his boss pope paul 6th after the closing of vatican 2