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Pope to Synod Committee: Encyclical on Faith coming out shortly; written with "four hands" with Benedict XVI

Once again offering off-the-cuff remarks (this time in his meeting with the members of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops), the Pope revealed two things.

As reported by Il Mondo:

"An encyclical" on faith "should come out shortly", "[written] by four hands, it is said: Pope Benedict, who delivered it to me, started it; it is a strong document"... "I have received this great work that he has done, and I have brought it forward."

"Four hands"? So... it pretty much confirms the report made by the Bishop of Molfetta following an ad limina visit, denied by the Holy See spokesman, a denial celebrated by disingenuous people...


Also today, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 54-year-old Fernando Isern, Bishop of Pueblo (Colorado), according to canon 401 § 2, of the Code of Canon Law (reasons of health or other grave reason). Bp. Isern, a follower of former Miami Archbishop John Favarola, had been named Bishop of Pueblo by Benedict XVI in 2009.

12 comments:

JB said...



I wonder if it will just say, "do good, forget the rest."

Angelo said...

The Encyclical written by 4 hands? What does the Holy Father Pope Francis mean by that? I was hoping that the Encyclical on Faith be the sole work of His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVl. I hope it wasn't butchered.

Ma Tucker said...

Well I suppose it won't be difficult to do distinguish the hands.:-)

jeff said...

Another towoombering?

New Catholic said...

Unfortunately, it seems it was for reasons of ill health. Pray for him.

Patricius said...

Unless both pontiffs are ambidextrous it will be interesting to hear whose are the other two hands!

gabriel said...

Patricius, I imagine the phrase in Italian means two people; idioms often vary between languages.

Of course, encyclicals normally have different writers involved in their production, in this case we are simply fortunate that the great Benedict XVI is behind part of the text.

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

Some posters here Give the Holy Roman Pontiff no love. By saying its written with 4 hands, it means its written by both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

I cannot think of two better people to write an Encyclical. I cannot also think of anyone else the Holy Spirit would prefer at this time.


I am certain that whatever is in it will be exactly what the Holy Spirit desires for his Church at this time.

Paracletum said...

May I ask what is the significance of the Bishop Isern/Archbishop Favarola tidbit? Thank you.

alfred caulkin said...

with respect from someone who is not a traditionalist - i think the pope's remark may be a musical reference.

the expression "for four hands" is often used to describe piano duets played on the same keyboard.

bach wrote a couple, mozart some too.
beethoven's grosse fuge (opus 133), an especially challenging piece, transposed for piano is written for 4 hands, for example. after he wrote it as a quartet piece his publisher had it transposed for piano by another musician.(an interesting aside: beethoven hated the transposition so much that he threw it out and wrote his own version for piano.)



i don't know the origins of the phrase, however. it could be this is an italian idiom that became a musical term, or the pope could be deliberately conjuring up the image of a side by side duet at the keyboard.

Alan Aversa said...

This encyclical could be very good, especially if Pope Emeritus Benedict drafts part of it; it could be a "Fides et Ratio part II." ☺

RBD said...

RBD

"I am certain that whatever is in it will be exactly what the Holy Spirit desires for his Church at this time."

I believe that it is much simpler than what we think. What exactly the Holy Spirit desired for His Church at this time is what Our Lady foretold us at Fatima in Her complete Message back early in the 20th century. It is all encompassed in God´s desire to save souls from Hell by embracing the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. No need for a reinvention of what Faith has been since Christ instituted His Church. Let us follow the “Faith” that gave the unsurpassed light to countless saints through the centuries and whom for certain are now living at the Triumphant Church in the glory of God, and for which all of us are also in grace called to imitate. Hope we all see just that, upon reading the announced Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI.