Rorate Caeli

For priests


[O]ur needs, our limits and weaknesses must lead us anew to the Heart of Jesus. If it is in fact true that sinners, by contemplating Him, must learn from Him the necessary "sorrow of sins" that leads them to the Father, this is even more true for sacred ministers.

How to forget, regarding this, that nothing makes the Church, the Body of Christ, suffer so much as the sins of her shepherds, above all of those who turn into "robbers of sheep" (John 10, 1), either because they misguide them with their private doctrines, or because they suffocate them within snares of sin and of death? Even for us, dear priests, the call to conversion and to recourse to Divine Mercy holds true, and we ought also to present with humility to the Heart of Jesus the request that He may preserve us from the terrible risk of harming those whom we are bound to save.
Benedict XVI

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful homily, but the ceremony was not especially impressive.
Though beautiful, the Pope's vestments were simple compared to the rich treasury in the Vatican sacristy.
At least he didn't wear John Paul II's old junk, like he has done in the past.

Stanislaw Wojtiech, Stanislawów, Ukraine said...

Beautiful words, but the choice of words "private" instead of "objectively heretical" doctrines, disappointed me.

Joseph cardinal Ratzinger knew very well, what went on, and he was once part of the same Bavarian and German bishops' conferences, which are now persecuting the Society of St. Pius X and other "reconciled" traditionalist Catholics, by fraudulent and deceitful mass media reports.

Their priests deny several dogmas of the Holy Roman Church, and once collaborated in the abortion system of Germany by so-called Beratungsstellen, but now Mons Müller dares to threaten the SSPX with "re-excommunication". The politically correct robbers of souls.

These are the shepherds promoted by Ratzinger himself as Cardinal, and these are his former colleagues from 1977-1981. In those days, in Munich-Freising, he improved little if anything. The Nouvelle Théologie adherent as always.

Fr. Schmidberger knows him.

Doublespeak, once pious and orthodox, and then again heretical and scandalous, is one of the key signs of neo-modernism, which comes from Hegel's erroneous philosophy of contradictions: antithesis and thesis -> synthesis. An un-Catholic supposed "ever lasting process".

Prodinoscopus said...

Doublespeak, once pious and orthodox, and then again heretical and scandalous, is one of the key signs of neo-modernism, which comes from Hegel's erroneous philosophy of contradictions: antithesis and thesis -> synthesis. An un-Catholic supposed "ever lasting process".

That's exactly why I tune out whenever I see posted these "beautiful" homilies by Benedict XVI (no offense intended to our kind moderators). The Pope said many pious and orthodox things to Catholic audiences in the Holy Land, yet he refused to evangelize Jews and Muslims (barely even mentioning the name of Jesus before those audiences). On his way back to Rome, he articulated his three primary impressions from the trip:

1. Interreligious dialogue and collaboration.

2. Ecumenism (more "dialogue", not conversion).

3. The quest for world peace.

Above all, there was the scandal of the chief rabbi of Jerusalem proclaiming that the Pope had promised to cease all missionary activity among the Jews. To my knowledge, the Vatican has still said nothing to correct Rabbi Metzger's scandalous (yet entirely plausible) claim.

In light of the above (and much more), the Pope's pretty homilies ring hollow.

Prodinoscopus said...

Is the vague reference to "private doctrines" a swipe at Bishop Zollitsch? How are we to know? Where was the Vatican when Bishop Zollitsch was spewing his heterodox opinions on German television? What has the Pope done to protect the sheep from these robbers of souls? Has he written any encyclicals to reinforce traditional doctrine? Let us not forget that the 100 year(!) anniversary of Pascendi was passed over by the Vatican in absolute silence.

I grow tired of these "beautiful" homilies. I'd rather read a sermon by St. Alphonsus Liguori or Archbishop Lefebvre.

Jordanes said...

Given the usual content and tenor of their comments here, I find it difficult not to think that self-appointed arbiters of orthodoxy and orthopraxis such as Mr. Wojtiech Stansilawow and Prodinoscopus won't ever be satisfied by anything a pope says or does. . . .

To my knowledge, the Vatican has still said nothing to correct Rabbi Metzger's scandalous (yet entirely plausible) claim. ***

Nothing except to say that they have no idea which document Rabbit Metzger could have been referring to. At the time, however, I directed our attention to a few statements that Rabbi Metzger could have had in mind.

Prodinoscopus said...

Given the usual content and tenor of their comments here, I find it difficult not to think that self-appointed arbiters of orthodoxy and orthopraxis such as Mr. Wojtiech Stansilawow and Prodinoscopus won't ever be satisfied by anything a pope says or does. . . .

Given this Pope's penchant for doublespeak (pious homilies one day, crypto-modernist mush the next), you are probably correct.

Prodinoscopus said...

Nothing except to say that they have no idea which document Rabbit Metzger could have been referring to.

Oh, that's convincing.

How about a simple, declarative statement: "Rabbi Metzger is wrong. The Pope would never promise any such thing." Ha! In our dreams.

ROFL at the typo, Jordanes: "Rabbit" Metzger. Silly wabbit!

Anonymous said...

Not to presume to speak for the others, but I think the point is that the Holy Father "fights" with words, if fight isn't a stretch, while the enemies within fight with relentless action on a much broader front - the daily control of what is taught, what is allowed, and what is denied in the vast majority of dioceses and national councils. In short, they set the agenda for the faithful while he publishes nice speeches and documents that nobody heeds.

Not that he seems committed to tradition by any means. In fact, he doesn't seem committed to change, either, but seems to be trying to throw both sides into the briar patch of the middle area without realizing that that is the playground of those liberal rabbits.

OK, that was a little flat. Liberal rabbits. I better sign this one anonymous.

Jordanes said...

Ooh those wascally typos . . .

I do note, however, that I said "a pope," not "this pope." There's a proper place for criticism, but there must also be praise and gratitude for the Holy Father's service to Our Lord and Holy Church.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

There are many enemies against our Holy Father, we need to pray for him.

Eccumenism only happens with the Orthodox Churches because they're the only Churches that the Vatican recognizes.

I think the reason why private doctrines are used instead of heretical is because not necessarily all of these private opinions are heretical. Many are explictly heretical, but not all of them. (but a good 80-90%)

When we compromise Truth for parts of the Truth, we have problems, for example, the social justice stuff promoted especially within my archdiocese in of itself isn't heretical. However when understood apart from the dignity of the Human person, and without the full teaching of the Catechsim people will (and have been) led astray by a particularly infamous Cardinal.

Beautiful words again by our Holy Father, though I'd love to see the movement reach the parish level.