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Pope on leaks crisis: The Lord will always support the Church

The Pope spoke publicly on the current Vatican problems for the first time today, following the general audience:

The events of recent days involving the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart. However, I have never lost my firm certainty that, despite the weakness of man, despite difficulties and trials, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and the Lord will ensure she never lacks the help she needs to support her on her journey.

Nonetheless there has been increasing conjecture, amplified by the communications media, which is entirely gratuitous, goes beyond the facts and presents a completely unrealistic image of the Holy See. Thus, I wish to reiterate my trust and encouragement to my closest collaborators and to all those people who every day, with fidelity, with a spirit of sacrifice, and in silence, help me carry out my ministry. [VIS translation, corrected]
Let us pray for the Holy Father.


  1. David1:54 PM

    It shouldn't be "in silent faithlessness" right? Did VIS translate it like that?

  2. Anonymous3:47 PM

    "in silent faithlessness"

    Freudian? Or not? Just telling it like it is (in some cases)?

  3. St. Joan of Arc's little friend5:19 PM

    "Veni Sancte Spiritus". . .The Holy Father's acts of Faith increasing in times of difficulty offer a sign of his humbled humanity ascending toward union with the Holy Trinity. He says:

    "[T]he Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and the Lord will ensure she never lacks the help she needs to support her on her journey."

    These Apocalyptic times are dramatically designed by Divine Providence. Confidential secrets revealed to the public foreshadow the future. Our Catholic Faith instructs that there will be the revelation of our lives before all generations at the General Judgment. The Holy Spirit has also revealed that in the Apocalypse there is the opening of the Sixth Seal by the Lamb Who is "worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof;"

    When this occurs, the Holy Spirit cautions that: "the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains: and they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him that sittenth upon the Throne, and from the wrath of the lamb: for hte great day of Their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?" (Apoc. 5:15-17)

    "Veni Sancte Spiritus" through the intercession of the Queen of Heaven and her little undaunted daughter, St. Joan of Arc.

  4. St. Joan of Arc's little friend5:37 PM

    The human fingers are fumbling. . .the quote is from Apoc. 6:15-17. Humbly asking your pardon for the fingers' errors on "the" too.

  5. A. M. D. G.6:14 PM

    No matter what one thinks of Benedict XVI (in the spectrum of traditionalism) what was done had only one purpose: to make the papacy look impotent and silly. Sadly, this type of behavior is nothing new as it is done regularly to attempt to discredit perceived enemies at work, in parishes, schools, etc.

    There is no conduct that is socially unacceptable today – everything goes. Instead of love thy enemy, it is calumniate thy enemy!

  6. Confused6:22 PM

    Can someone please tell me as briefly as possible just why this leak business was so bad? Besides that leaking private information is bad on it's own I mean. And of course the betrayal of one so close to him.

    I tried and tried to follow along but I'm not grasping what was so bad in the leaked information itself. Unless I misread everything, it didn't sound like the pope had said or done anything wrong. What am I missing??

    All the cloak and dagger business with Bertone and also Vigani (spelling) is way too much for my brain. And the idea that this was done to protect/help the pope is beyond confusing. So can someone PLEASE help me by pointing out the key issues and tell me if the leaker(s) are a good witch or a bad witch. Thank you.

  7. Peccator8:33 PM

    Well, at least the leaks seemed to prove that there is no secret agreement already in place for the SSPX, as was rumored. If there were it would have been leaked immediately.

  8. Joan Chittister's burning bra10:14 PM

    Wow... For the Pope to talk about this things must REALY be bad!

  9. John McFarland12:14 AM

    Dear Confused,

    You are not at all confused. None of this amounts to the proverbial hill of beans.

    The Vatican has always leaked like a sieve (consider the readily available details on conclaves, where leaking is also perjury).

    What is unusual is that stuff as low-octane as this is being made a big deal of. My hypothesis is that those who first received the leaks were hoping for juicier stuff, and went with unjuicy stuff since that's all they had. But luckily for them, the Vatican overreacted.

    The Holy Father's heart was surely in the right place, but it probably would have been better for all concerned if he had expressed his sympathies privately.

  10. Keep praying for your crime boss, New Catholic. He needs all the help of the demons he can get these days.

  11. And the above, my friends, is what a Sedevacantist looks like. This is the face of schism.


  12. Jack O'Malley1:30 AM

    Perhaps the moderators might wish to align themselves with the rich and superabundant tradition of Catholic philosophy which encompasses not only an acknowledgement of the rational moral derivatives of natural law but also a incomparably glorious heritage of aesthetic excellence from the classical tradition.

    With that in mind, might it not be advisable to return to a protocol of anonymous posting, even at the risk of responsatory confusion, rather than suffer a moniker based upon the dysaesthetic imagery of the chittisterian breast holder?

    Certain images should not enter into the consciousness of even a apologetically sensualist Catholic.

  13. I miss the Marian art on this blog's header…

  14. Prof. Basto3:21 AM


  15. Prof. Basto3:25 AM

    The original speech was: "...con fedeltà, spirito di sacrificio e nel silenzio".

    So, if I'm not mistaken, this should translate as "with fidelity, spirit of sacrifice and in silence".

    Alternatively, the translator could have written "in silent faithfulness".

    "Faithlessness", as is recorded in the Vatican Information Service bulletin, is undoubtedly a curous mistake, to be analyzed by the experts in psichology.

  16. rodrigo3:27 AM

    Funny how sedevacantists so often end up sounding like a cross between Richard Dawkins and Ian Paisley. But then I guess issuing thundering denunciations is part of the fun of being your own pope.

  17. Good call, Jack O"Malley. Besides, the moniker in question is hardly in keeping with Catholic courtesy, decorum and respect for finer feelings. The question to ask is:
    would anyone speak in such terms in the presence of Jesus and Mary?


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