Rorate Caeli

Our ecumenical effort:
...sein Ausgang eilet aus der Höhe
in euer Mutter Haus


J.S.Bach
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140)


It was quite compelling to learn in early September that this Cantata, based on a hymn familiar to many converts from Protestantism, has also particularly touched the Holy Father. (For those who wondered the origin of the title of this post, by the way, it can be found in the second Aria of the Cantata, at 20:15.)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunatly, our Pope has a particular fondness for Luther and Lutheranism. I suppose being German, that is to be expected if you are pf the Vatican II ecumenical mentality.

The SSPX in Germany and elsewhere still maintain the true, correct, and proper Catholic attitude towards all Protestant groups and communities. Certainly they are not "churches".

I remember reading two stories of pre-Vatican II Catholic days regarding relationships with Protestants:

1) Apparently a man now in his late 50's remembers his Grandmother refering to all Protestants when in conversation about them as "dirty Protestants".

2). There was a story out not long ago about a mixed neighborhood of Catholics and Protestants in a suburb of Philadelphia in the mid 1950's. The children, instructed correctly about other Christian" groups" during Religion class were formed and educated in the proper Catholic mindset toward Protestantism.
Whenever the Catholic parochial school children happened to be walking home from school, and had to pass by the local Protestant "churches", (usually in a town their might be 3-4 Protestant buildings for the same number of denominations, while there was unually only 1 Catholic parish.... (and afew blocks down the road, another Catholic parish of course), some would lower their eyes, bless themselves and say a quick prayer for those poor Protestants living in error...and hurry past the Protestant "church".

While the first example is perhaps today alittle dated, because it only promotes ill-will amongst religions, the second is still appropriate, and should be any good Catholic reaction to religious error. We should not be welcoming and accepting of them as if they are correct too, or that their "founders" such as Luther, Calvin, Wesley, etc. were great Christian heroes worthy for a Pope to honor!

While I would characterize Pope Benedict XVI's words and actions towards Protestants as polite and friendly and respectful, they certainly were not tremendously warm and glowing towards Luther....and that was good. I read that the Lutherans were somewhat disappointed by the encounter...and that is good too.

But still, the SSPX remains the only real attitude good Catholics should have towards all things Protestant.....including music.

Bernonensis said...

I remember a graduate student gushing about the "spiritual power" of a beautiful gospel codex. When she learned that it was the work of Nestorian scribes her appreciation waned, but it was no less beautiful, no less a work of piety.

It is to be expected that a cultured man and accomplished musician such as Benedict XVI should be moved by this; I would question his mental health if he were not. A meditation on the bridal feast of the Lamb, a call to vigilance -- I refuse to cede this to the Lutherans.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:17:

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but Bach is played in very many SSPX churches and chapels all over the world.
And rightly so: God is Truth and He is Beauty; therefore all that is beautiful both comes from and leads back to Him.