Rorate Caeli

The malice of Vaticanists...

Never has the malice of Vaticanists appeared more clearly than in the past few weeks and days. The shallowness of their articles is evident to all, as well as the ridiculous use of their spaces in the press (especially in the mainstream Italian media) not to report, but obviously to amplify the wishes and desires of certain politically-minded clerics who are their friends, and to make it seem like they actually know the position and mind of most or all 115 Cardinal-Electors - most of whom have indeed kept the severe reserve and silence required by law and by common sense.

So the result of the conclave will either be a surprising choice that will electrify the faithful, those Catholics who actually go to Mass every Sunday, and practice the works of mercy, and pass on the faith to their children at home, and those Priests who toil every day to bring the Sacraments to the faithful and lead them to eternal salvation; a choice which will once again call into question the sanity and mostly the honesty of these religion correspondents. Or it will be exactly as they are predicting now, "frontrunners" Cardinal A or Cardinal B. In the first case, it is the already negligible credibility of the press that is called into question; in the second, it is the image of the Church that is once again tarnished as if it were a merely human institution beholden to worldly and political interests surreptitiously manipulated by the media.

Who will "win" the conclave, paraphrasing the words of Benedict XVI in his February 14 address regarding the Council: the Church of God, or the Church of the Media? The real Church or the virtual Church? May all Holy Popes, from Saint Peter to Saint Pius X, intercede for the Church of Rome they loved till death.

14 comments:

Barbara said...

I hope with all my heart that the Cardinals follow the inspirations of the Holy Ghost and they elect someone who will leave the world, especially the largely superficial and stupid mass-media - shocke, speechless and why not? - shaking in their shoes! Confound them!

Dear Lord Jesus, please give us a strong and holy Pope even if we don't deserve it!

poeta said...

Barbara, your prayer is also mine.

May God give us the Pope we need rather than the Pope we deserve.

Anil Wang said...

An old Russian proverb: "If you dwell on the past you will lose an eye. But if you forget the past you will lose both eyes"

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/02/pope-offers-final-view-of-council.html

Enid Ecumaniac said...

We at the St. Martin Luther Institute of Advanced Ecumenical Heresy are holding a midnight seance tonight so that the band of mysogynists known as the College of Cardinals elect a Pope friendly to the aspirations of us ecumenists, who strive through syncretism to banish war, poverty, global warming (or cooling, depending on the weather) patriarchal dominance and discrimination against LBW people, gerbils and other furry creatures everywhere. As Deirdre said to Father Guevara recently, that Mr Singh who owns the corner shop is a delight not despite the fact that he is a Priest of the Sacrificial Cult of Kali the God of Death (Enfield Branch), but because he is a priest of Kali; and as for the very pleasant identical twins who operate the Aztec Human Sacrifice Centre from No. 33, why should some old fool in Rome tell them that they are barred from eternal life? After all, it's only a few dozen people who've unaccountably gone missing from the local area in the last few years, and Father Guevara agreed, he said it's all down to medievalism and the albino monks secretly bred by Popes in the prisons of the Holy See beneath Rome; and we all know that Jesus would have been just as good a guitarist as Jimi Hendrix if he'd lived in the 1960's and used the sort of stimulants one can find nowadays although we at the Institute, not being rich, are limited to smoking roasted banana skins which open up the Yin and the Yang I can tell you, and so can Father Guevara but that story is for another day and so what if a Nigerian witch-doctor chanted his prayers to the pagan god Olugan at Assisi III, he is just expressing his innate right to live in darkness which no missionary from the so-called Catholic church can take away from him and that Nick Clegg said he might come to the seance although I have warned him about the possible difficulties connected with dry-cleaning ectoplasm off one's suit ...

(froths at the mouth and falls over backwards)

Knight of Malta said...

With only 2% of Catholics attending mass every in France; in the Media age the Scandal with the Scottish Cardinal (I'm mostly of Sottish descent, btw.) has huge implications.

Borgia popes, a boy pope, could be gotten away from before the printing press, yellow news reporters, and now the internet age; but no longer.

It is claimed that South America has 40% of the Catholics in the world, especially Brazil.

But what are some of the most beautiful, but seediest places on earth: San Francisco, Santa Fe, Rio de Janerio, Paris, Salzburg (where, seriously, most spooks and spies do their dirty work--look it up) are all "catholic".

iowapapist said...

Enid Ecumaniac

Thank you for your post. To quote from the book of St. Larry, Patron Saint of Cable Installation, "Now that's funny-I don't care who you are".

Tom S. said...

I could not sleep last night for thinking about this - and out of fear of those curial "frontrunners".

If, God forbid, one of them should win, I'll be tempted to think that maybe the sedevacantists were right all along.

Knight of Malta said...

What I meant by all that is that if the Church doesn't clean-up, it is going to dwindle to nothing, in terms of numbers of "catholics"--and maybe that's a good thing (back to the Catacombs, so to speak, and Benedict hinted at.)

It's better to be a repentant pagan Stoic, than a pretend "catholic" who never goes to church, and is a general "bad guy" (as police and the FBI refer to thugs--it's kind of funny, but that really is how they refer to thugs; most of them "catholic" in my part of the world.)

Knight of Malta said...

Enid, very funny!

Fortunately, even here in Santa Fe, most of my friends are agnostics or atheists (my one Catholic friend had to flee!) I can't go hiking or backpacking without finding some ritual rock-structure!

But at least my agnostic friends aren't Pantheistic like most people here!

We choose not to talk politics or religion (I only go to the TLM; unless I'm desperate!)

I used to be an atheist myself; until I used my existentialist skill to really think-through Thomas Aquinis' and other thinkers conundrum. Was matter always was, or was God always was?

You can't "prove" either; except that something can't come from nothing! (There's also the blind "Watch-Maker" theory, and how many millions of years it would take a monkey to create a Mozart sonata argument, which I won't get into!)

As an atheist professor told me (who loved and taught books mostly based on the Catholic faith); "if you have faith, don't lose it--it is the greatest gift."

I believe it. The scandals in the Church started with St. Peter denying Christ thrice. Stick with it!

The Rad Trad said...

We should simply pray for a good Pope and not be too concerned about curial officials. Some Popes, even in the Renaissance, experienced a personality change once elected. God is not dim, He can outshine the short-comings of any prelate. But can we?

The press have made a list of candidates they would want to see elected and are doing everything they can to pressure or persuade the Cardinals to elect these men. Still, they would probably be disappointed. Despite all the attention they have given Cardinal Turkson, were he elected Pope we would hear nothing but stories concerning his views on Muslim population growth for months.

LeonG said...

Ultimately, the novus ordo experiment willed an openness to the world it must now regret. They have certainly received abundant mediatised attention from all and sundry. This is what they wanted and this is what they are getting. They deserve everything they receive.

eww said...

What I meant by all that is that if the Church doesn't clean-up, it is going to dwindle to nothing, in terms of numbers of "catholics"--and maybe that's a good thing (back to the Catacombs, so to speak, and Benedict hinted at.)"

Not in asia and africa, the church is booming in those places. And on EWTN today the priest from New Orleans said their seminary is filling and other seminaries are filling. They're saying the church is coming back in lots of places.

Benedict Carter said...

Church booming in Africa:

As soon as they make a Catholic, they lose him to the Pentecostalists. And what quality of Catholic is it? from my time in Kenya, it was clear that the Kenyan Catholic has no idea of what makes the Faith different from Anglicanism. As for the seminaries, I could be totally wrong (and hope I am), but the usual question asked is not if the seminarian is living a celibate life, but just how many wives he has back home in the village.

Gratias said...

Delenda est Ecclesia mediatica. (I hope).