Rorate Caeli

The Pope in Austria - III

Obedience to the Lord, reminds Pope Benedict, is obedience to Holy Mother Church:

...obedience to God’s will, obedience to Jesus Christ, must be, really and practically, humble obedience to the Church. This is something that calls us to a constant and deep examination of conscience.

It is all summed up in the prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola – a prayer which always seems to me so overwhelming that I am almost afraid to say it, yet one which we should always repeat:

Take O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will. All that I have and all that I possess you have given me: I surrender it all to you; it is all yours, dispose of it according to your will. Give me only your love and your grace; with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more”. (Benedict XVI, Mariazell - Vespers, September 8, 2007)
Nothing could be further from the Ignatian spirit of obedience to the Church than the proud stance of Modernists. As Pope Saint Pius X reminded all ecclesiastical authorities in Pascendi:

"It is pride which fills Modernists with that confidence in themselves and leads them to hold themselves up as the rule for all, pride which puffs them up with that vainglory which allows them to regard themselves as the sole possessors of knowledge, and makes them say, inflated with presumption, We are not as the rest of men, and which, to make them really not as other men, leads them to embrace all kinds of the most absurd novelties; it is pride which rouses in them the spirit of disobedience and causes them to demand a compromise between authority and liberty; it is pride that makes of them the reformers of others, while they forget to reform themselves, and which begets their absolute want of respect for authority, not excepting the supreme authority. No, truly, there is no road which leads so directly and so quickly to Modernism as pride."


  1. Anonymous2:43 AM

    Holy Father, please, nevermore wear that greenpeace paraments. As in his apostolic trip to Brazil, Benedict XVI says very good things, but sadly mons. Marini still has his space...

  2. Anonymous11:56 AM

    His homily was excellent. Wonderfully clear and uncompromising. Let's pray for our pope and that people will heed his message.

    - Dev

  3. Alas, the first and continually the greatest sin of mankind is Pride. The root of all sin, Pride is a poison which the Holy Father has so eloquently condemned and warned against by this sermon. I will happily join in the prayer that all mankind heeds this warning and adopts an all-consuming humility.

  4. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Please . . . get rid of that
    broken cross. It is not at all
    worthy of Our Lord nor of the Faith.

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  6. Very good words by His Holiness. Now it is time to take these words and put them into action by fostering these beliefs in the life and organization of the Church, particulary the clergy. Purification has to be undertaken that entails pruning of the bad leaves and branches in the Catholic Church, which are causing so much damage to the faith of the common laypersons.

  7. Anonymous7:20 PM

    That modern-style 1970's twisted cross is becoming more and more of an anachronism - enough!

  8. Anonymous9:04 PM

    OK, so we don't like the cross - yet the Holy Father has at least spoken words anathema to the Modern Spirit of the Age. Good on him!

  9. Anonymous12:40 AM

    I don't think we are being "small-minded" and churlish in ignoring the excellent things that the Pope is saying, with great courage. Perhaps we feel that precisely because he is saying and doing so much that is so excellent, this modern, unattractive cross, frozen in a time of great doubt and sadness, becomes more and more out of place.

  10. However, there is one thing lacking: the teaching that obedience bounds every Catholic, and foremost the Pope, to obedience to Divine Revelation, written and oral.

  11. Anonymous10:19 PM

    However, there is one thing lacking: the teaching that obedience bounds every Catholic, and foremost the Pope, to obedience to Divine Revelation, written and oral.

    Interesting words coming from someone who recently announced here that he was leaving the Catholic Church. Does this mean, as I hope it does, that you have reconsidered your unhappy decision?

  12. Jordan Potter, ¡Hum!, the problem is that there is no other place to go.

    I had been flirtling with mormonism, but they some ideas about God that are just an abomination to my ears; however they have some very enlightening eachings on obedience to the commandments (We have to thank the II Vatican Council for the teaching, elaborating on the teaching of salvation, and which Dominus Iesus presented and recently the CDF explained).

    Besides the Pope has some very particular responsabilities which are not shared by the rest of the faithful.

    I have learned one thing, thought, no one in the Church has been already cannonized, not even the Pope.

    But I will continue to push for reform in the Church.

  13. Anonymous6:10 PM

    humboldt said...

    "I had been flirtling with mormonism"

    HA! That WAS a joke, yes? Hilrious, thank you, I needed a good laugh today. Mormonism? Or Seventh Day Inventism? Or the Jehovah's Witlesses?

    If you do decide to go this route, see if you can acquire yourself a pair of the secret magic undies they receive during the temple marriages. Mormonism. Too funny, Humboldt.



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