Rorate Caeli

Bishopess and Joint Blessing in Erfurt

The "programme/missalette" with the main events of the Pope's visit to his homeland next week is up in the Vatican website - it includes almost all words that will be pronounced, except for the homilies and addresses.

The "Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God" (pages 69-80), a paraliturgical event that will take place in the "Evangelical Augustinian Monastery" in Erfurt, Thuringia, in which the great heresiarch lived and which was stolen by the "Reformers", is a sad reminder of all that is empty and meaningless in the post-Conciliar world that the Bishops beyond the Rhine tried to create.

It will be jointly presided by His Holiness and by President Schneider (Nikolaus Schneider, President of the Evangelical Church in Rhineland). The general intercessions will be led by a Lutheran "Bishopess", Ilse Junkermann (pictured above), who will also introduce the Our Father. In the end, President Schneider and the Pope will give the blessing (two separate ones, Schneider's being the usual Lutheran version of the Aaronic Priestly Blessing).


  1. Anonymous1:12 PM

    Nauseating. Absolutely nauseating.

    But I guess we have to expect this kind of thing from Benedict XVI because, after all, he is a German.

  2. Sad.

    It is a mystery why he continues on this path.

  3. Anonymous3:58 PM

    Oh, boy!!

  4. This is not at all surprising. Read the Pope's books on Jesus of Nazareth and add-up the number of references to protestant theologians vs Catholic exegetes and then try to imagine a protestant professor referencing Catholic exegetes in numbers far superior to protestant theologians in a book he wrote.

    And then begun drinking heavily...

  5. Lee Terry Lovelock-Jemmott5:41 PM

    Seems that the Germanic speaking world from the USA, to France to Germany just cannot bear the fact that spiritual submission is so much better than 'nationalistic' submission and thus, deification (statolatry).

  6. Anonymous5:59 PM

    "It is a mystery why he continues on this path."
    Earth to M.A.: It is not a mystery. Benedict XVI is a carbon copy of JPII only with Teutonic restraint and a charming nostalgia. He attends these farces but can't take the time to even attend a EF mass in St. Peter's much less celebrate it.

  7. Anonymous6:43 PM

    The Ultimate Judge will be watching and methinks He will not be pleased. Holy Father, please, don't do this!


  8. Not-Spartacus, considering how difficult it is these days to tell the difference between Catholic exegetes and Protestant exegetes, maybe the pope decided it made more sense to refer to the exegetes whom the Catholics have been imitating . . .

    P.S. The other day I saw your attempts to counter Mark Shea's blitherings about polygenism. You do realise, I hope, that "you can always tell a Mark Shea, but you can't tell him much"? ;-)

  9. Dear Jordanes. LOL Touche re Mr. Shea.

  10. Take.deep.breath, and then:

    Germany has lots of Protestants; meeting them doesn't make the Pope one.

    Sure, there is devastation in the vineyard, but let's not overstate the problem.

  11. Anonymous2:01 AM

    Praying with females who claim ministry is actually endorsing their position. My skin would crawl to be present at anything involving a female dressed in clerical attire.

  12. Pathetic; this is why FSSPX exists, and needs to exist....

  13. Anonymous8:09 PM

    The bark of Peter is no smooth sailing. One wishes the Master doesn't take a nap.


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