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1968 is back...

Congratulations to Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger for his decision, due to anticlerical protests, to cancel his visit to the largest Roman University, the University of Rome-la Sapienza - founded by his predecessor, Boniface VIII Caetani (the Pope of Unam Sanctam), in 1303, and later occupied by the Kingdom of Italy after the invasion of Rome, in 1870.

No eighty-year-old man deserves this aggravation, much less so the Vicar of Christ.

I saw a new spirit creeping in... there was an instrumentalization by ideologies that were tyrannical, brutal, and cruel.
(J. Ratzinger
remembering 1968 in
Salz der Erde- Salt of the Earth)


  1. Anonymous9:19 PM

    What a shame! How stupid!

    Please pray for Italy, our beloved country.

    Nearly everybody today, both from the centre-left and from the centre-right, utterly condemns the intolerance of those fascist analphabets. Our premier, Mr Prodi, is particularly clear in his solidarity with the Holy Father. See

    Please, of your charity pray for our beloved country, Italy, the see of the vicar of Christ, the bishop of Rome: God bless her, God save her from the corruption of these times.

    And the Lord bless our Holy Father. Long live Benedict XVI!

  2. Anonymous9:27 PM

    It is very, very sad. When freedom of speech is banned from the university because of a handful of agitators, is there any academic freedom left ?

    It is certainly a sad day for Italy and its academic system.
    Are they going to revive the "red brigades" of the 1970's ?

  3. I understand your congratulations to Pope Benedict, but I find this news terribly unsettling. It may be wise to stand down for good reasons, but I fear this will look a victory and compromise the Church's position.

    God save his Church from the calumnies of simple minds and bad spirits.

  4. I wonder what ever happened to the concept of tolerance on our university campuses? The only freedom of speech that the radicals allow is the one that agrees with theirs.

  5. Anonymous10:34 PM

    For Our Lord, Jesus, fight!

  6. The Pope's decision was the only one possible. He was not afraid of threats to himself, but of consequences of the protests - as Tornielli correctly points out, a single wounded student would have been made a "martyr" of the secular forces.

    With his decision, the Pope made a much larger impact than if he had decided to go, and he exposed who the true bigots are; and he became the "intellectual martyr" of the secular elites of Western Europe.

    In fact, even his speech, whose text will be made public, will have a much wider and more attentive audience than it would have had otherwise.

  7. Anonymous11:18 PM

    I also think that cancelling is a "lost" to the Church, despite New Catholic's argument.

    If the media makes martyr out of the student then let them. The Vatican then should move with the appropriate counterattack.

  8. Anonymous11:57 PM

    Arise, O Lord, and judge Thy Own cause. Remember Thy reproaches to those who are filled with foolishness all through the day. Listen to our prayers, for foxes have arisen seeking to destroy the vineyard whose winepress Thou alone have trod. When Thou were about to ascend to Thy Father, Thou committed the care, rule, and administration of the vineyard, an image of the triumphant Church, to Peter, as the head and Thy vicar and his successors. The wild boar from the forest seeks to destroy it and every wild beast feeds upon it.
    Rise, Peter, and fulfill this pastoral office divinely entrusted to You as mentioned above. Give heed to the cause of the holy Roman Church, mother of all churches and teacher of the faith, whom You by the order of God, have consecrated by Your blood. Against the Roman Church, You warned, lying teachers are rising, introducing ruinous sects, and drawing upon themselves speedy doom. Their tongues are fire, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. They have bitter zeal, contention in their hearts, and boast and lie against the truth.
    We beseech You also, Paul, to arise. It was You that enlightened and illuminated the Church by Your doctrine and by a martyrdom like Peter's. For now a new Porphyry rises who, as the old once wrongfully assailed the holy Apostles, now assails the holy Pontiff.
    Let all this holy Church of God, arise and with the Blessed Apostles intercede with almighty God to purge the errors of His sheep, to banish all heresies from the lands of the faithful, and be pleased to maintain the peace and unity of His holy Church.

  9. Anonymous12:04 AM

    Pontius Pilate never figured out what to do with them either.

  10. Anonymous1:08 AM

    "But whatever town you enter, and they do not receive you - go out into its streets and say, 'Even the dust from your town that cleaves to us we shake off against you; yet know this, that the kingdom of God is at hand."

    Lk 10:10-11

    Our Holy Father shows us the way of the Lord.

  11. Anonymous1:17 AM

    Nothing says "tolerance" like protests and ignorant academicians. It's another victory for the barbarians, but I think a short-lived one. Watch the people come out for the Pope for his GA tomorrow and at the Sunday Angelus.


  12. Anonymous2:01 AM

    Great points New Catholic!

  13. Anonymous2:28 AM

    "Great points New Catholic!"

    Yes, agreed!

  14. What was it the liberals in and out of The Church claim as their ideological platform? To "celebrate diversity", allow "full liberty of expression", "freedom of speech" and "religious liberty".

    How frequently one can observe objectively the true colours of liberalism - secular sectarianism; reductionist reactionism; egological ignorantism; religious obscurantism and ideological totalitarianism. This is the real face of the "synthesis of all heresies" - it effectively proclaims thought control in the name of intellectual freedom - the liberty to think, speak and act provided it has passed the index of political correctness.

    The Holy Father has made a wise decision - why feed pearls to swine?

    Indeed, such narrow-mindedness would never concede that it is thanks to The Roman Catholic Church that such universities exist at all.

  15. Anonymous11:39 AM

    I agree with the criticisms made of modern universities and their phony "tolerance". However, it is worth pointing out that the persons responsable for these protests, and Italian anti-clerical types generally, do not usually even pretend to be "tolerant" in the American, politically-correct sense of the term. They are quite unabashed in their hatred of the Pope, and everything he stands for and believes in; in this sense, they are at least more honest than most of their American counterparts. The president of Italy should apologize publically to the Pope, except that he is also a communist.

  16. Anonymous12:02 PM

    The best form of communism is level communism :
    first level of communists, one level of the soil, second level of communists, second level of the soil, third level of communists, third level of the soil etc :-))))
    Viva la Cristo Rey!
    Down with communists bastards!

  17. Anonymous1:18 PM

    The Roman Mob has long been famous for its terrible behaviour. Perhaps the real problem is the Italians want an Italian Pope!! The Papal States were occupied by the King of Piedmont. That is not all he occupied. The Qurinal Palace (which was the Pope's Residence)was also taken. What a disaster the Kings of Italy where!
    I actually think it would have been better for the Church if Italy had not been forcibly unified. Certainly Sicily and the South might have been better as The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. These seperate States could have all joined the EU!

  18. Anonymous4:30 PM

    Because you can do more damage from within an institution you hate than from without.

    How bad off is a soul when it's life's work is to corrupt?

  19. Anonymous8:21 PM


    I would say you have twisted mind.

  20. Anonymous9:10 PM

    This episode exposes not only the hypocrisy but the entrenched stupidity of modern liberalism.

    As they were protesting the pope's visit, they were still claiming that the university is open to every form of thought!

    This is fantastic! The Church needs to do more of this: Simply and quietly demonstrating the stupidity and bias that is constantly attacking her.

    This Reuters article was written from the typical left-leaning "neutral" perspective, but anyone reading it must be left stunned by the intolerance shown toward the pope.

  21. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Having watched the reports on RAI, I would point out that the opposition to the Pope's giving the Magistral Adress, that which opens the new year, was not from the entire student body, the entire faculty nor from the rector of the university of La Sapienza, who invited the Pope on his own initiative, but from a group of communist students and faculty entrenched in the Faculty of Physics, which faculties throughout Europe are bastions of scientism, like those of Astronomy there and here. They are ignorant of history, of culture and of religion, and take refuge in science because the trust no one's judgement but their own.

    The entire leadership of the Italian Government and of many of the parties opposed their opposition and were very embarrassed by it. To harrass an invited guest is a great offence in Italian culture, even among pagans and atheists. The pope received apologies from many quarters, from the rector and from many students and faculty. His withdraw said as much about His desire to practice Charity as it did about the intragience of the narrow minded liberals.

    Br. Alexis Bugnolo


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