Monday, October 28, 2013
Today, progressive parts of the Church are jubilant, especially in Italy, and claim with the election of Pope Francis, that another "prophecy" had come true: the "dream" of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of "another" Church. Is it just a confusion of spirits to pomposity or are both "prophecies" related to an obscure politico-ecclesiastical shift in the Church? The latter is at least not ruled out by Messa in Latino.
Famiglia Cristiana is the top-selling Catholic newspaper in Italy. It is not a progressive agitator rag, but they are clearly characterized by a progressive flip side, as it were by the "normal progressivism" a Christendom-lite as found in almost all official diocesan Church media and also in a number of religious publications. The weekly magazine Famiglia Cristiana is published by the Society of St. Paul the Apostle, a religious foundation of Don Alberione.
The Cardinal, who "Predicted" Pope Francis and the "Council of Milan"
The cover story of the latest issue of Famiglia Cristiana was devoted to the former Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, deceased in 2012. The occasion was the first anniversary of his death. Even the title page presents "alarming, shocking and as a harbinger of worse premonitions," said Messa in Latino. Why? The title is meaningful: "The Cardinal Who Heralded Pope Francis. A year after his Death, his Dream of a New Church is a Reality."
The presentation says little about Pope Francis, but a lot about those who now feel upswing in the Church. Messa in Latino wrote: "Only now I understand what a high prelate said to me a few days after the funeral of Cardinal Martini. I want to try to reproduce the content as literally as possible: 'The funeral at which I saw such a large turnout of cardinals, bishops and priests, was a Council: The Council of Milan! This is the Church. In Rome, they will have to take note of that!' Those were his words. And indeed they have been taken note of five months later. Pope Benedict XVI., the successor of Peter and Vicar of Christ on earth tendered his resignation. The last act of the head of a Church that had suffered from a serious love for the Church and for Its impossible unity, he endured coercion and harassment of different kinds that will ever be known as Via Crucis of Pope Benedict XVI remaining engraved in our memory," said Messa in Latino.
Via Crucis of Pope Benedict XVI.
The surrender of the German Pope, so singular in the history of the Church, still remains a mystery and employs more so with a view of the state of the Church and its current development. Was Benedict XVI's resignation perhaps engineered? He talked about having more concretely suggested a resignation was under consideration after his trip to Mexico in early 2012.
But in February Cardinal Paolo Romeo, Archbishop of Palermo and no Ratzingerianer was to burst a "bomb". "Cardinal Ratzinger's prophesied death," he wrote on the 10th of February 2012, almost exactly a year to the day before the announcement of his resignation, in the daily newspaper Der Standard. Numerous media took the message. The daily newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano published an article on the same day with the title: "Conspiracy Against Benedict XVI. Within 12 months he Will Die," triggered speculation.
"Within 12 months, He Will Die" or Renouncing His Throne
Pope Benedict XVI. would not be dead "inside" of exactly twelve months, but renounced his throne, which the government of the Church came out with at about the same time.
What was it then? In the first half of January 2012, the Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos sent Pope Benedict XVI. a confidential letter from the Cardinal and a statement of the facts. A letter written by the Cardinal in German. Not so much a tribute to the native language of the Pope, but more to significantly restrict the circle of uninvited fellow readers. In it, he revealed what Italian Cardinal Romeo learned in several meetings in November 2011 during his trip to China by himself: "His discussion partners thought with horror, that this was an assassination plot against the Pope," wrote Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. In the letter is to be found explicitly, the word "murder plot". The statement of facts bears the date of 30 December 2011 and was sent to the Pope and the Secretary of State in the first days of January, wrote the Colombian Cardinal. To play it safe, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos informed Pope Benedict XVI in mid-January in person at a private audience.
Cardinal Romeo's "Strange Journey" to China
The statement of facts transmitted by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos was divided into three parts. The third part was titled: "The Successor of Pope Benedict XVI" This was the reconstruction of "strange journey" ( Fatto Quotidiano ) of Cardinal Romeo to China. The former Vatican diplomat Romeo is considered an influential man in the Church because of his contacts with the diplomatic corps and Cardinal Sodano and his position in the Italian episcopate. A man from a house of wealthy parents and in children, who is extroverted and enthusiastic about technology. His trip to China was suspicious because he met no representatives of the Church in China, but Italian businessmen working in China and partly living there. Officially, he said, he was dispatched by the Pope to clarify the links between the Vatican and the People's Republic. The Vatican knew nothing of such a mission.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi immediately denied the press reports in February 2012. He called them "so incredible that they can not be commented upon." Even As "absurd and frivolous".
The press at the time reported about the "Death of a Pope." "Maybe a physical death was not necessarily meant, but simply the resignation of Benedict," says Messa in Latino .
A Resignation, would not be Allowed and a Strange Announcement of this Resignation
"We do not know what has actually taken place around the resignation of Benedict XVI.," said Messa in Latino. "We're seeing signals and trying to interpret them. We see a resignation, the need not have happened and which stands unique in the history of the Church. We see a strange announcement of this resignation by Cardinal Romeo. And we see a letter from Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, who took the matter so seriously that he informed the Pope and recited it to him personally. We see the denial of Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi. But poor Father Lombardi had much to explain about everything, as we know. We have seen the election of Pope Francis, about which no one had expected. The choice of the direct opponent of Benedict XVI. in the conclave of 2005, which at that time, was wished by the failing Cardinal Martini in order to prevent Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope. And we see the progressive part of the Church cheering, who feel themselves on the rise. It may be a lot of optimism, and yet there must be signals that suggest to them this optimism. Therefore, we know one thing, and say quietly to all those who today, had so much hope yesterday, who wish for "Sister persecution" as Gamaliel said to those who wish for millstones tied around necks, "And now, therefore, I say to you, refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this council or this work be of men, it will come to nought;  But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God."(Acts 5,38 f), so says the traditional blog Messa in Latino.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Concilio e Postconcilio
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Some pertinent links:
Graz University Professor Makes Death Threats Against the Pope
Serious Death Threat Against Cardinal Bertone
Previously, there were palpable threats in the wake of reports about Father Oko's investigation of sexual predators and Communists in the clergy.