Rorate Caeli

Great experts recognize [Christ's] spiritual and moral stature in the history of mankind, comparing him to Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and other sages and great characters of History. They do not get to recognize him in his uniqueness.


Hearing him preach, watching him heal, evangelize the small and the poor, reconcile sinners, the disciples reached little by little the understanding that He was the Messiah in the highest sense of the word, that is, not only a man sent by God, but God himself made man.

All this was clearly too great for them, it overwhelmed their capacity for understanding. They could express their faith with the titles of Jewish Tradition: "Christ", "Son of God", "Lord". But to adhere completely to reality, those titles had to be in some way rediscovered in their deepest truth: Jesus himself with his life has revealed its deepest sense, always surprising, actually paradoxical to standard conceptions.

And the faith of the disciples had to adapt progressively. It presents itself as a pilgrimage, which has its original moment in the experience of the historic Jesus, finds its foundation in the Paschal mystery, but must still move forward thanks to the action of the Holy Spirit. Such has also been the faith of the Church in the course of History, such is also our faith, [of the] Christians of today. Firmly established on the "rock" of Peter, it is a pilgrimage towards the fullness of that truth which the Galilee Fisherman professed with passionate conviction: "Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God".

Benedict XVI
Homily on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, 2007


  1. These beautiful words of our pontiff are expanded upon, at greater length, in his new book. He is a servant of Christ, our Supreme Pontiff is!

  2. The last paragraph of the statement is loaded with standard modernist buzzwords combined into a stew of meaningless gobbledygook: "adapt progressively," "pilgrimage," "original moment," "experience," "historic Jesus," "move forward," "towards that fullness of truth." And all this is "our faith" as "Christians of today."

    It's almost as if the sly, old fox is sending a coded message to his old colleagues in theological circles that they shouldn't read TOO much into his approval of the Motu Mass. Dogmatic evolution will still move on to new "substantial anchorages."

    So, to both modernists and Motu-ists, anchors aweigh!

  3. I agree with Father Cekada--like all post-conciliar statements, the solidly orthodox is "nuanced" by the modernism.

    It really ticks me off to read that the Church is moving "towards that fullness of truth."

    The Church ALREADY POSSESSES the fullness of Truth. Truth is a person, THE person.


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