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Święty Papież Jan Paweł II

Pope Saint John Paul II

Sanctus Ioannes Paulus PP. II

 

 

  Basilica Sancti Petri  5 V 2011  
 

Basilica Sancti Petri, 5 V 2011

 

 

  This is not a Sedevacantist Page or Site. Are you sensing a but coming?  

 

 

Though indeed one might and probably should point out that we find here recorded in the Holy Scriptures, not any old bloke arrogating to himself the authority to criticize the divinely appointed Prince of the Apostles. Rather it is a saint, personnally set apart by God for apostleship, and the author (strictly or broadly) of thirteen or fourteen books of the Bible, who was later martyred for the faith, who presumes place to do so.

And in the XXI century orthodox-catholic Christians — the only actual Christians — are all now in a terrible position with regards all this, place there by our Popes and Patriarchs.

And No, it is not truthful to put forward inapposite analogies to the deeds of Martin Luther or John Calvin or the like, men whose crimes against the only true faith which is orthodox-catholic Christianity and the only true Church, the Orthodox-Catholic Church, consisted not in their heated disputes with popes but in their propagation of heretical doctrines, arrogating to themselves the ability and authority to alter the content of the Faith from that which the Church has always taught.

And Yes, our times present critically different circumstances than those in which the Church was headed, for example by bad popes, bad by virtue of personnal perversions. Some of the Renaissance popes are frequently cited. If such men are headed to Hell, that is in no small part their own problem for each such, and though obviously luxury lovers and licentious lechers in high Church offices are not good for the Church, such is a different kind and order of problem for the Church in its human aspect than the circumstances when high Church office is occupied by men who, again and again, put in evidence, and introduce into the Communion of the Christian faithful confusion as to the content of the Faith, heresy and apostasy by actions and an apparant embrace of Indifferentism, Syncretism, False Ecumenism and the pan-heresy which is Modernism.

—Which is not to say that the heavy diet of Nationalism and Ethnophyletism which the big-O Orthodox Church leaders feed their flocks supplies some kind of alternative which is holy orthodox—

But No, it is not an adequate response, it is no holy answer at all, to say that such heresies and apostasy are mixed in with a large corpus of work and utterances which are/were orthodox, for such is nearly always the case with heresy. This, partial truth telling, is the chief hallmark of heresy. It almost always seeks to camouflage the introduction of confusion and falsehood within the fields and forests of Orthodoxy.

And in such circumstances, there is an alternative more holy for the faithful Christian than that of in fact being more Catholic than the Pope?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
But when Cephas [Apostle Saint Peter] came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned [other translations, such as that New American Bible, substitute for "he stood condemned" the phrase "he was clearly wrong", although, referring to Saint Peter, " he stood condemned" as presented here from the Revised Standard Version is the literal translation]. For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And with him the rest of the Jews acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their insincerity. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?" (emphasis added)
  Galatians 2:11-14

 

         

 

 

 

early May 2011 at the Beatification of John Paul II in the Vatican

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  ...[A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ...  
    Romans 3:23  

 

  By meditating on this eternal truth as we consider the twenty-six year and one-hundred-and-sixty-eight day pontificate of John Paul II, the second longest pontificate after that of Pius IX, we can take this priceless lesson: All bishops, even the most learned and intelligent and prayerful and energetic and charismatic and brave need the Christian fellowship, the shared wisdom and sometimes the correction of their co-equal brother bishops, co-equal brother bishops that is, not sycophants fully schooled in the understanding that deigning to offer any such correction means loss of position.  

 

 

 

Apse area of exterior of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ... ? ... Bernard Cardinal Law

Apse area of exterior of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore – the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, viewed from the Piazza dell'Esquilino. The large number of Northern and Sub-Saharan Africans, many of both groups Muslim, milling about, together with the smell of urine, is now a seemingly permanently fixture of this 1600-year-old jewel of the Church. This photo was taken on 3 May 2011. During an earlier trip to Rome, I saw a group of them pissing in broad daylight on the side of the Archbasilica of Saint John in the Lateran, all this a quite predictable consequence of the popes, including John Paul II, throwing the full weight of their moral authority behind demographic-replacement-level, mass immigration, much of it through Lampedusa. Of course if it were simply well publicized world-wide that the multiple daily boat loads of migrants would not be allowed to remain, in very short order – months not years – the immigrants would stop making the trip. There would be no fatal accidents and sinkings of the immigrant ships in the Mediterranean Sea, and these people could concentrate their lives' energies on the dignified work of building communities, societies and civilizations from which their own people do not want to flee at the first opportunity. Such basic good sense and goodness was and is apparantly beyond the grasp of the senior prelates, the polyglots and polymaths of the papacy, or so they are described to us. As European Christendom is descending into chaos, look no further than the actions of the popes for an explanation of why it is happening. Thank them. The atheist and Talmudic Jews may have supplied the initial impetus and intellectual justification framework ... well, such was the case, but they did not and could not have done it alone. Yes, the popes are each in turn the first pastor of the universal Church, charged with the care of souls of all people from all civilizations, but have they done this effectively? The coup de grâce for Christendom was supplied by the bishops of the Catholic Church themselves, with the popes in the vanguard and with Pope John Paul II the most prominent and important of them all. But are the Sub-Saharan Africans better off in trade?

 

"Sharing our experience in carrying that cross, to expel the illness within our hearts, which embitters our life: it is important that you do this in your meetings. Those that are Christian, with the Bible, and those that are Muslim, with the Quran. The faith that your parents instilled in you will always help you move on.”
  Pope Francis to a group of refugees at Sacred Heart parish on 19 January 2014, reported approvingly the next day in Rome Reports.

 

 

... and Bernard Cardinal Law, Archpriest in charge of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore from May 2004 through November 2011, picutred here on 3 May 2011. This was Essentially one of the four highest honors it was in the gift of John Paul II to give to him, accompanied by a palatial apartment and domestic staff, of course. Really though, it was the highest honour the now canonized John Paul could have given to Bernard Law, Bernard Law of pederast-promoting infamy! There are only four of such Basilicae maiores – Major Basilica in the Catholic Church, all in Rome. Few would dispute that all four are among the most grand and magnificent Churches in all of Christendom. Though also "governed" by an archpriest, the Pope personnally has the highest station in two of the four:

  1. The Mother and Head of all Churches in Rome and in the World, Archibasilica Sanctissimi Salvatoris et Sanctorum Ioannis Baptistae et Ioannis Evangelistae in Laterano – the Archbasilica of Saint John in the Lateran (inside the church bookstore in the midst of which, at the time of these photos, one was treated to the strains of rappo-techno-disco-hiphoppo "music", thanks to the culture which John Paul II bequeathed to Rome and to the Church); and
  2. Saint Peter's Basilica, of course.

Of the other two, due to a massive fire in the first half of the XIX century, though once the oldest structure of the four, now the main structure of Basilica Sancti Pauli extra mœnia – the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls dates only to the mid-XIX century, while the extant structure of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major dates to the early V century; added to which fact there was an Abbot, and not an archpriest, in charge of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls before the Pontificate of Benedict XVI; and of course there is the preeminence of Saint Mary within the Communion of Saints and within the Church and the Universe.

Having received this honor from Pope (now Saint) John Paul II, Bernard Cardinal Law, far from having been laicized, defrocked, tried, publicly humiliated and imprisoned, was sustained in this highest of honours by Pope Benedict XVI ... and for another six and a half years!

Hardly grist for those wanting to believe that some dramatic, negative change in the Church first occurred with the elevation to the Pontificate of Jorge Bergoglio.

 

 

 

  "If people are scandalized at the truth, it is better to allow the birth of scandal, than to abandon the truth."
    Pope Saint Gregory I, the Great (* c. 540 to 12 March 604†), Hom. Super Ezech. vii

 

  According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they [the Christian faithful] have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.  
    Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church, Canon 212 §3  

 

  The sensus fidei fidelis is a sort of spiritual instinct that enables the believer to judge spontaneously whether a particular teaching or practice is or is not in conformity with the Gospel and with apostolic faith. It is intrinsically linked to the virtue of faith itself; it flows from, and is a property of, faith. It is compared to an instinct because it is not primarily the result of rational deliberation, but is rather a form of spontaneous and natural knowledge, a sort of perception (aisthesis).  
    Sensus Fidei, In the Life of the Church § 49, (International Theological Commission, 2014); But Note, only real Orthodox-Catholic Christians get, so to speak, to vote, and the opinions of all others are of no weight or value.  

 

 

     
 

Abstracted from Bull Cantate Domino, Council of Florence, 1441

Pope Eugene IV (* 1383 in Venice; r. 3 March 1431 to 23 February 1447 †):

“The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.”

 

       
 

"As to which should be preferred no one ought to balance for an instant. It is a high crime indeed to withdraw allegiance from God in order to please men, an act of consummate wickedness to break the laws of Jesus Christ, in order to yield obedience to earthly rulers, or, under pretext of keeping the civil law, to ignore the rights of the Church; "we ought to obey God rather than men." [4] This answer, which of old Peter and the other Apostles were used to give the civil authorities who enjoined unrighteous things, we must, in like circumstances, give always and without hesitation. No better citizen is there, whether in time of peace or war, than the Christian who is mindful of his duty; but such a one should be ready to suffer all things, even death itself, rather than abandon the cause of God or of the Church." (Paragraph 7, emphasis added)

"To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good. ... Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: Have confidence; I have overcome the world." (from Paragraph 14, emphasis added)

For the enemies of the Church ... are fully conscious that the more faint-hearted those who withstand them become, the more easy will it be to work out their wicked will. Therefore, they who cherish the "prudence of the flesh" and who pretend to be unaware that every Christian ought to be a valiant soldier of Christ; they who would fain obtain the rewards owing to conquerors, while they are leading the lives of cowards, untouched in the fight, are so far from thwarting the onward march of the evil-disposed that, on the contrary, they even help it forward.

 

Abstracted from the 1890 Encyclical Sapientiae Christianae

Pope Leo XIII (r. 20 February 1878 to 20 July 1903 †)

       

 

 

 

Dialogue  
     
  tête-à-tête  
  tête-à-tête  
  Finding the right balance was or is really so difficult?  
     
 

How about this:

I. Dialogue within The Orthodox-Catholic Church, among the Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox (Non-Chalcedonians) and Catholics or between any two within them, is very good and holy and indeed Divinely required, as Canonically recorded. We within, trying to live and to be within, the Church, the one, holy, apostolic and catholic Church, the Orthodox-Catholic Church, will solve the theological problem, will come to reconcile canonically Papal Primacy with conciliarity, or there will be only flawed and disfunctional intra Orthodox-Catholic Church unity, except of course in the ontological sense in which the Church is always and eternally One.

II. Dialogue with Christians — validily baptized and sincerely trying to accept Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior and Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity — but who have become separated from The Orthodox-Catholic Church, from accepting Salvation on the Terms God dictates, usually through following one or another heresiarch and his teachings, is also acceptable, and maybe a very good thing, but here the relationship between Orthodox-Catholic priest or prelate and his interlocutor — regardless of how exalted in the temporal realm — certainly becomes altered and probably also much abbreviated. In such dialogue the relationship is that of Divinely constituted authority of the General Magisterium confronting adherents of error. (And this is the charitable view.) Of course there are better and worse ways of seeing through this teaching function of The Church. Doctors of the Church are few. (Three Great Hierarchs are fewer.) At times the very greatest skill and personal holiness might be required if the outcome is to be successful. No one forgets that those exalted in the temporal realm sometimes command large numbers of men without abundant wisdom or holiness but with guns. Still, the relationship within this category of dialogue in essence involves teacher, however soft-spoken, lecturing to student. There can be no compromise whatsoever on any single point of orthodox doctrine. The student will very like have a great deal to share with regards his personal story and more so still the story of his people, of his nation. The student will have absolutely nothing to share regarding "improvement" to the Doctrine of the Church.

III. Dialogue with rejectors of Christ Jesus — with Jews and Marxists and Modernists and Homosexualists and Mohammedans and Mormons and Freemasons — should be bound by parameters at once similar to those with regard to dialogue with Christian heretics and yet also most fundamentally different. Trying to accept Christ, as best as one has been equipt by life to do so, is different from trying not to. Of course, even within the just preceeding list of potential interlocutors within this third category of "dialogue parameters," strong distinctions must be drawn. Libraries are filled with works compiled over centuries attempting to work out such distinctions. A billion Muslims born into their error, into their false religion and its civilizations, is quite a different matter from a Freemason or a Revolutionary Jew or a militant Homosexualist deliberately seeking out error, culpably choosing the embrace of structured or random conflict with Logos. Still, there is a common strand running through all of these, the Jew, the Marxist, the Modernist, the Homosexualist, the Muslim, the Mormon, the Freemason. Yes, they are all our fellow creatures, Made in the Image and Likeness of God, and we are called upon to love them, but they need to convert to Christianity or they are our enemies, often enough quite imminently militant so, always potentially so. Of course this reality impacts matters other than religious dialogue. Mass Immigration into Christendom springs to mind. And face facts. During these times in which our lives are playing out this means nearly exclusively European Christendom. Peru and the Philippines are not facing this kind of pressure. But regarding dialogue — and basically we speak here, especially on this page, about dialogue involving the most senior metropolitan archbishops and the popes themselves — what dialogue can there be? "Please don't kill us for a while;" absurd calls for peace which only serve to lull European Christendom into complacency so that we welcome additional millions of Muslim immigrants, leading in short order to demographic replacement of us by them in our civilization? And all this against a Muslim "theological" backdrop which holds that strategic or tactical deception of non Muslims is god ordained! We are not in First century Palestine or elsewhere in the Roman Empire. Jew and Muslim leaders already always know in a general way, and usually with quite a lot of detail, Christian teaching, the Gospel message, and they have rejected it. They remain incorporated into religious communities and civilizations which reject the Logos. There can be no compromise with the Devil.

And there is another factor, and of the greatest moment.

Catholic and especially Papal "Dialogue" with those within Category III has damaged that most holy and urgent need for fruitful dialogue with those within Category I.

But atmospherics, no problem, the popes and the ecumenical patriarchs have this perfected.

True, there are those within the Traditionalist Catholic movement, and especially among those who push the thinking through to Sedevacantism, who maintain there is no distinction. For these, both Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox are in the Out-Group, schismatics and heretics, basically to be treated no differently than those in Categories II (Protestants) and III (Muslims and Jews and other assorted Militant Atheists, etc.), supra. They maintain their untenable position essentially through (i) a distorted extreme legalism — this ex cathedra / this not — among papal pronoucements which in common are published to the world (not merely private musings or free flowing thoughts still in the deliberative stage) and intended to set forth the content of the faith on doctrine and morals, or (ii) by simply concluding, in the face of the irreconcilable, that the pronouncing popes — John XXIII through Francis — are not popes at all but anit-popes. For the Sedevacantists the Gates of Hell very much seem to have prevailed against their church (Matthew 16:18 notwithstanding). A great tragedy, including for the reason that some, not all, Trad Cats and even Sedevacantists have much about them to admire. And they know a lot. They take Christianity seriously. Who could compare them to a Zombie Catholic in the pews, to the Neo-Con -cum- Neo-Catholic embracing the absurdly false "The Jews are our Spiritual Elder Brothers–" line, or to Heterodox and Homosexualist Father Flabdoodle disgracing the altar? Marcel Lefebvre is in many ways a hero.

But back to the core issue in this section, a very great deal in what these Traditionalist Catholics find objectionable about the Vatican II and post- Vatican II popes, actions and pronoucements which are sometimes held by them to descend into heresy and apostasy, goes directly to questions of ill-conceived and ill-executed dialogue between popes and those fitting into Categories II and III, and mostly with those in Category III, chiefly Jews and Muslims. Indeed, one might conclude that the Traditionalist Catholic movement is at least as much about legitimate objection to "dialogue" with the Jews tending toward Syncretism, Indifferentism and False Ecumenism (or False Irenicism / Eirenism) as it is about legitimate objection to the Novus Ordo Missae. If not all the rank-in-file, surely at least the Traditionalist Catholic intellectual leadership know both of the Pre-Tridentine Latin Rites and of the non Latin liturgical traditions and rites within the Catholic Church.

And in this key area the Traditionalist Catholics are joined by a very great preponderance of the weight and authority of the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches.

And are the Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox wrong in this? Vatican II and post- Vatican II Popes, whatever the underlying truth, can not seem to keep clear in their minds the most basic Gospel message in connection with the people among whom Christ's earthly ministry was carried out and those who are or who imagine themselves to me the genetic descendants of Biblical Jews: ! that acceptance of Christ is not Optional; that Dual-Covenant Theology is heretical ! Yet these men can be trusted to deal with — and to pronounce infallibly on — and by themselves and utterly without regard to all other orthodox-catholic bishops of the world, or all drawn together in Ecumenical Council — any necessary clarifications on the finest points of the highest theology touching on the nature of Original Sin or on the innermost relationships within the Most Holy Trinity ?!?

Traditionalist Catholics and Orthodox Christians, strangely in agreement in an anomalous situation or the most natural brothers in Christ within His Orthodox-Catholic Church, One Holy and Apostolic?

Catholic, and worst of all, papal dialogue with the so-called Jews has been used for a half-century and more as a vehicle for the Jews to undermine Orthodox-Catholic catechesis, integrity and civilization. Pope John Paul II played a greater role in the continuation and continuity of this destructive path than did any of the other Vatican II and post concilaire popes. Pope John Paul II, canonized on 27 April 2014 by Pope Francis — under the changed, and frankly diminished rules for canonization which Pope John Paul II himself promulgated — did not get the dialogue balance right.

 

 

 

 

   

 

14 May 1999 Pope John Paul II kissing and bowing to the Qur'an,

the Pièce de Résistance

... of his troubles.

 

Politically idiotic, nearly fatal poison to all efforts to achieve the paramount goal of reuniting the Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Catholics, enormously effective fodder for the enemies of orthodox Christian unity, obviously yes, it was all of these things par excellence, but beyond these most weighty of considerations, this monstrous act of Pope John Paul II was blasphemy and heresy, apostasy through action, period-full stop. Absurd explanations of spin doctors are inefficacious, e.g., he was acknowledging, kissing, that within the Qur'an which is good, that is, that which Muhammad copied from Christianity; or just that he really wanted to ingratiate himself with the Iraqis so he could take a trip, a pilgrimage, to Abraham's old stomping ground. And it was this coming from the man who was legitimately the leader of the successors to the Apostles, that is, the leader of the Standing Apostolic Synod and who illegitimately continued in a non-canonical tradition of holding himself to be infallible speaking ex cathedra on Christian doctrine and morals.

Can we possibly have before our eyes more poignant and conclusive evidence that all bishops — including the Bishop and Patriarch of Rome, the Successor of Saint Peter, the Supreme Pontiff — need the fellowship and guidance, and on hopefully rare occassions the correction of their brother bishops and the whole community of the Christian faithful?

   
 

 

 

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.

  1 John 2:22-23

That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- Qur'an 4:157

 

The unbelievers of the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] and the idolaters shall be in the Fire of Gehenna, therein dwelling forever; those are the worst of creatures. Qur'an 98:6

 

 
           
Whoever knows the Old and New Testaments, and then reads the Koran, clearly sees the process by which it completely reduces Divine Revelation. It is impossible not to note the movement away from what God said about Himself, first in the Old Testament through the Prophets, and then finally in the New Testament through His Son. In Islam all the richness of God's self-revelation, which constitutes the heritage of the Old and New Testaments, has definitely been set aside. Some of the most beautiful names in the human language are given to the God of the Koran, but He is ultimately a God outside of the World, a God who is only Majesty, never Emmanuel, God-with-us. Islam is not a religion of redemption. There is no room for the Cross and the Resurrection.  

< Enough, or even the "perfect balance"?

 
Pope John Paul II in Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1994).          
           
    If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. — John 15:18-19 —  
        And meet the work of Pope John Paul's spiritual son, Pope Francis (Created a cardinal at the consistory of 21 February 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Violating their oaths not to do so, cardinals revealed that at the Papal Conclave of 2005 which elected and elevated John Paul II's successor, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, to be Pope Benedict XVI, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio received the second highest number of votes.):
         

Evangelii Gaudium

Embrace Muslim (mass immigration) into the constituent countries of Christendom?!

Support, not Muslim conversions to Christianity, but Muslims being "joyfully grounded in their own identity"?!

"[a]uthentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could any Christian leader possibly be more ill-informed and ignorant on this critical issue?

Informed people know that the popes do not actually write these documents. Like the professor in the laboratory with a dozen post-docs, these are joint efforts. But were these paragraphs written by a 25-year-old intern, right out of Brown University and a comparative religion class taught by an atheist Jew? Was it signed by the pope, thinking he was signing something else?

Or maybe — as the Good Tsar - Bad Boyar crowd would insist — we are looking at translation errors and deliberate distortions, the sinister nefarious schemes of treacherous underlings? Nope. See to the right the Italian, German and Polish renditions of the key heretical paragraph.

Violence against non-Muslims — violence against Christians, Holy Father, is the essence and epicenter of Islam. Time to actually read the Qur'an.

And faithful Catholics should be reproaching themselves, not the popes, for questioning whether such men are suddenly going to wax infallible when speaking ex cathedra on questions of faith and morals?

"The Papal Magisterium can rise to the level of infallibility only on matters of faith and morals..." -Bishop Robert C. Morlino-

And statements of popes in Encyclical Letters, in Apostolic Exhortations, in Apostolic Constitutions, are not solemn ex cathedra statements if dealing with matters of faith and morals? Do not such documents always deal with faith and morals? Programmatic significance not doctrinal significance?

 

From the 24 November 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis

Interreligious dialogue

250. An attitude of openness in truth and in love must characterize the dialogue with the followers of non-Christian religions, in spite of various obstacles and difficulties, especially forms of fundamentalism on both sides. Interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and so it is a duty for Christians as well as other religious communities. This dialogue is in first place a conversation about human existence or simply, as the bishops of India have put it, a matter of “being open to them, sharing their joys and sorrows”.[194] In this way we learn to accept others and their different ways of living, thinking and speaking. We can then join one another in taking up the duty of serving justice and peace, which should become a basic principle of all our exchanges. A dialogue which seeks social peace and justice is in itself, beyond all merely practical considerations, an ethical commitment which brings about a new social situation. Efforts made in dealing with a specific theme can become a process in which, by mutual listening, both parts can be purified and enriched. These efforts, therefore, can also express love for truth.

251. In this dialogue, ever friendly and sincere, attention must always be paid to the essential bond between dialogue and proclamation, which leads the Church to maintain and intensify her relationship with non-Christians.[195] A facile syncretism would ultimately be a totalitarian gesture on the part of those who would ignore greater values of which they are not the masters. True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”.[196] What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another.[197]

252. Our relationship with the followers of Islam has taken on great importance, since they are now significantly present in many traditionally Christian countries, where they can freely worship and become fully a part of society. We must never forget that they “profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day”.[198] The sacred writings of Islam have retained some Christian teachings; Jesus and Mary receive profound veneration and it is admirable to see how Muslims both young and old, men and women, make time for daily prayer and faithfully take part in religious services. Many of them also have a deep conviction that their life, in its entirety, is from God and for God. They also acknowledge the need to respond to God with an ethical commitment and with mercy towards those most in need.

253. In order to sustain dialogue with Islam, suitable training is essential for all involved, not only so that they can be solidly and joyfully grounded in their own identity, but so that they can also acknowledge the values of others, appreciate the concerns underlying their demands and shed light on shared beliefs. We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition. I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries! Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence. [emphasis added]

[Translation errors? Nope. Here are the German, Italian (original?) and the Polish, for example:

253. Um den Dialog mit dem Islam zu führen, ist eine entsprechende Bildung der Gesprächspartner unerlässlich, nicht nur damit sie fest und froh in ihrer eigenen Identität verwurzelt sind, sondern auch um fähig zu sein, die Werte der anderen anzuerkennen, die Sorgen zu verstehen, die ihren Forderungen zugrunde liegen, und die gemeinsamen Überzeugungen ans Licht zu bringen. Wir Christen müssten die islamischen Einwanderer, die in unsere Länder kommen, mit Zuneigung und Achtung aufnehmen, so wie wir hoffen und bitten, in den Ländern islamischer Tradition aufgenommen und geachtet zu werden. Bitte! Ich ersuche diese Länder demütig darum, in Anbetracht der Freiheit, welche die Angehörigen des Islam in den westlichen Ländern genießen, den Christen Freiheit zu gewährleisten, damit sie ihren Gottesdienst feiern und ihren Glauben leben können. Angesichts der Zwischenfälle eines gewalttätigen Fundamentalismus muss die Zuneigung zu den authentischen Anhängern des Islam uns dazu führen, gehässige Verallgemeinerungen zu vermeiden, denn der wahre Islam und eine angemessene Interpretation des Korans stehen jeder Gewalt entgegen.

253. Per sostenere il dialogo con l’Islam è indispensabile la formazione adeguata degli interlocutori, non solo perché siano solidamente e gioiosamente radicati nella loro identità, ma perché siano capaci di riconoscere i valori degli altri, di comprendere le preoccupazioni soggiacenti alle loro richieste e di fare emergere le convinzioni comuni. Noi cristiani dovremmo accogliere con affetto e rispetto gli immigrati dell’Islam che arrivano nei nostri Paesi, così come speriamo e preghiamo di essere accolti e rispettati nei Paesi di tradizione islamica. Prego, imploro umilmente tali Paesi affinché assicurino libertà ai cristiani affinché possano celebrare il loro culto e vivere la loro fede, tenendo conto della libertà che i credenti dell’Islam godono nei paesi occidentali! Di fronte ad episodi di fondamentalismo violento che ci preoccupano, l’affetto verso gli autentici credenti dell’Islam deve portarci ad evitare odiose generalizzazioni, perché il vero Islam e un’adeguata interpretazione del Corano si oppongono ad ogni violenza.

253. Dla podtrzymania dialogu z islamem konieczna jest odpowiednia formacja rozmówców, nie tylko, aby byli solidnie i radośnie zakorzenieni w swojej tożsamości, ale także, aby byli zdolni uznać wartości innych, zrozumieć obawy leżące u podstaw ich żądań i sprawić, by ujawniły się wspólne przekonania. My, chrześcijanie, powinniśmy przyjąć serdecznie i z szacunkiem islamskich migrantów przybywających do naszych krajów, podobnie jak mamy nadzieję i prosimy, byśmy byli przyjmowani z szacunkiem w krajach o tradycji islamskiej. Proszę, pokornie błagam te kraje, aby zapewniły wolność chrześcijanom, by mogli sprawować swój kult i żyć swoją wiarą, uwzględniając wolność, jaką wyznawcy islamu cieszą się w krajach zachodnich! Wobec niepokojących nas epizodów naznaczonego przemocą fundamentalizmu, serdeczne uczucie wobec autentycznych muzułmanów powinno nas prowadzić do unikania wrogich uogólnień, ponieważ prawdziwy islam i poprawna interpretacja Koranu sprzeciwiają się wszelkiej przemocy.]

254. Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live “justified by the grace of God”,[199] and thus be “associated to the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ”.[200] But due to the sacramental dimension of sanctifying grace, God’s working in them tends to produce signs and rites, sacred expressions which in turn bring others to a communitarian experience of journeying towards God.[201] While these lack the meaning and efficacy of the sacraments instituted by Christ, they can be channels which the Holy Spirit raises up in order to liberate non-Christians from atheistic immanentism or from purely individual religious experiences. The same Spirit everywhere brings forth various forms of practical wisdom which help people to bear suffering and to live in greater peace and harmony. As Christians, we can also benefit from these treasures built up over many centuries, which can help us better to live our own beliefs.

[194] Indian Bishops’ Conference, Final Declaration of the XXX Assembly: The Role of the Church for a Better India (8 March 2013), 8.9.
[195] Cf. Propositio 53.
[196] John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Redemptoris Missio (7 December 1990), 56: AAS 83 (1991), 304.
[197] Cf. Benedict XVI, Address to the Roman Curia (21 December 2012): AAS 105 (2006), 51; Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church Ad Gentes, 9; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 856.
[198] Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 16.
[199] International Theological Commission, Christianity and the World Religions (1996), 72: Enchiridion Vaticanum 15, No. 1061.
[200] Ibid.
[201] Cf. ibid., 81-87: Enchiridion Vaticanum 15, Nos. 1070-1076.


 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

There are too many of these. Reader, do your own research on this. Forget finding Truth with George Weigel and EWTN. This is not a question of mischaracterization by the "liberal media," though they, and "the worldly" certainly love Pope Francis.

The jury is no longer out.

And Karol Józef Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, inflicted the Church with this man.

  "Fundamentalism is a sickness that we find in all religions. We Catholics have some, not some, many who believe in the absolute truth ..."  
      Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from 13 III 2013, Pope Francis, the 265 Successor of Saint Peter  
        Elevated to the Cardinalate by John Paul II on 21 February 2001  

 

  The Apostles, without Peter, are weak, and Peter, without the other Apostles, is also weak.  

 

 

"great respect for Islam" ?!?

... great respect for antichrist ???

  "It is known that Pope John Paul II has often voiced a desire to make a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Abraham, the Common Father of Jews, Christians and Muslims. For the Pope, Abraham is a figure who helps the unity of believers to overcome divisions. On May 14th I was received by the Pope, together with a delegation composed of the Shiite Imam of Khadum mosque and the Sunni president of the council of administration of Iraqi Islamic Bank. There was also a representative of the Iraqi ministry of religion. I renewed our invitation to the Pope, because his visit would be for us a grace from heaven. It would confirm the faith of Christians and prove the Pope's love for the whole of humanity in a mainly Muslin country. At the end of the audience the Pope bowed to the Muslim holy book, the Koran, presented to him by the delegation, and he kissed it as a sign of respect. The photo of that gesture has been shown repeatedly on Iraqi television, and it demonstrates that the Pope is not only aware of the suffering of Iraqi people, he has also great respect for Islam."  
    Patriarch Mar Raphael I Bidawid, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon (r. 1989-2003), quoted by Fides News Service from their interviews with Patriarch Bidawid, though no longer available on Fides website.  

 

 

 

  Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne: Just one more case study, essentially chosen at random. (Marx and Kasper are worse.)  
           
    "The Church is not a moral institution that goes around pointing its finger at people ... The Church is for me a community of seekers and believers and the Church would like to help people find their hapiness in life.”  

And who inflicted this weak and confused prelate on the Church, on the Icon of the Holy Trinity, the Body of Christ, the Perpetual Pentecost?

Elevated to the Episcopacy on 30 March 2003 by command of Pope John Paul II.

Elevated to the Cardinalate 18 February 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, though to be fair, by this point out of which pool of holy bishops could Benedict have chosen?!?

 
      — Quoted by Reuters on 5 July 2009 re dialogue between Bishop Woelki and the homosexual community in Berlin —  
         
      so of course in April of 2016, we get such things from this Syncretist in Cardinal's garb:  
         
    "Anyone who denigrates Muslims as the AfD leadership [he refers to the heroic Beatrix von Storch], does should realize that prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels ... whoever says ‘yes’ to church towers must also say ‘yes’ to minarets.”  
           

 

 

 

   
 

... And changing the subject only slightly, how are we doing? Measuring the tree by its fruit, as we, with the benefit of at least some, at least fifteen years' remove from the 1999 Pontifical Koran Kissing to faciliate a trip to Iraq, as we are able to reflect on these matters, on this aspect of the life and the pontificate of John Paul II, on the gestures toward the non-Christians — toward leaders and adherents of the traditional religions of Native Americans, Africans and Asians; and of the Hindus, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Bahai, Confucians, Taoists, Shintos, but of course above all toward the Muslims and the Jews — which he spearheaded, what has the fruit been of:

- the 27 October 1986 interfaith prayer day at Assisi;

- the 14 May 1999 Koran kissing;

- the 24 January 2002 repetition of the 1986 interfaith prayer day at Assisi;

- Pope Benedict's deferential nod, 27 October 2011 follow up — Day of reflection, dialogue, and prayer for peace and justice in the world "Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace" ("[F]ocused more on common pilgrimage than on prayer ... Unlike Blessed John Paul's first Assisi meeting in 1986, there is no moment planned in Assisi when participants will pray in each other's presence. 'The emphasis is on pilgrimage rather than on praying together,' Cardinal Turkson said."; Catholic News Service, 2011).

And please consider having a look at Pope Pius XI's Mortalium Animos from 1928, what he and other pre- Vatican II popes thought of such meetings, of the "holiness" of such efforts.

Has Kreeft's Chrislam carried the day and the millennium yet? How has the Christian-Jew-Muslim trialogue been going? As at this August 2014 writing, Christians are being crucified literally and in numbers in Iraq by Muslims, this time under the banner of ISIS or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a.k.a, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Iraq is a constituent part of the Holy Lands because of Abraham certainly, but Iraq was also evangelized by two of the Twelve Apostles, by Thomas and by Thaddaeus. The Muslim invasions were a long time ago, but as recently as 1950, probably more than 10 percent of the Iraqi population were Christians. Even in 1999 when Patriarch Mar Raphael I Bidawid made the comments reproduced above, there were perhaps one million Christians in Iraq, most of them directly his spiritual children (Chaldean Catholics 600K; Latin-rite Catholics 200K and others also about 200K), about 5 percent of the total population. As of August of 2014 the Christian population of Iraq may be down to numbering only 200,000 persons, and those remaining hold-out heroes are in desperate straights. And if the idiocy of the neo-Con, Bush-Blair invasion is — quite rightly — put forward as the chief cause of the latest calamity for Christians, which thinking person can fail to see the contribution which John Paul II made to the intellectual climate underlying these geo-religio-political developments? Focus on protecting Christians, and their security might just follow. If you do all in your power to take the wind out of the sails of those who would rally to the defense of Christians and Christendom, then you can express no wonder that they are left undefended. Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq may not be constituent parts of European Christendom. How can they be deemed to be, understood to be so when the vast majority of their populations are Muslim? But the Christians in those countries would be in an entirely different and better position if United European Christendom were closer to being a reality than a fantasy. Instead those Christians — as a group perhaps the best in the world — are left to the protection of the cowards and the clueless and syncretists and the silly who populate and lead dis-United half-European post-Christendom. One can be very sorry for the traumas which Karol Józef Wojtyła suffered as a boy and as a young man, his loss of Jewish friends during the unnumbered World War II era atrocities and the rest. The decisions of the Pope very briefly outlined above were not an effective way to set things right. His record as Pope was mixed. Sorry George, it was a rush-job. (Post Script, I love Pope John Paul II, and I am grateful for his work and for his Pontificate.) And for the social conservative Catholics, like the present writer, who want orthodox Christian values to prevail and carry the day and the age in the cultural wars of our times and of all times, but who, very much unlike the present writer and Gilbert Keith Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc and all sensible defenders of Christendom, assert by implication that embracing and defending the orthodox doctrines of Church in this life do not really matter much, the response must come: you damage the Church and her Gospel message. The Bible and the rest of the Tradition of The Church have held through two millennia any error in the content of the faith separates the person in error from the Grace and Salvation of God.

 
 
 
 
     

 

And what could the results of all intellectual currents in the direction of Ecumenical Jihad possibly have been? Flawed in theology and theory, yes certainly, but we also have twenty centuries, or fourteen as the case may be, of actual experience. Any religion is better than no religion and better still if it claims to be monotheistic, and the Muslims are our allies, or can be, in the fight against sin and secularism, but this is the exact opposite of all lessons from historical experience. Pagan tribes and nations, in Europe, in Africa and in south-western and central Asia, then later further afield, were evangelized, were taught and converted to Christianity one after another and en masse,

But the Mohammedan never becomes a Catholic

And even if Belloc exaggerates his point, he does so only slightly. Orthodox-catholic Christianity's success rate in winning over Muslims is abysmal, worse by far even than has been our success in the conversion of Jews. And all this is even without regard to current suicidal mass immigration policies throughout European Christendom, in which work Catholic Church hierarchs at high levels and at the highest level vie with atheist Jews for the right to claim the leadership baton. One perhaps does not have to strain much to understand how a George Bush could fall into all this, but a man who received from God the intellectual gifts which Karol Józef Wojtyła did?

 

 

         

And there is another point of the first moment which must be raised to and thoroughly internalized by Catholics. The Doctrines of the Immaculate Conception and of Papal Infallibility — set forth respectively in Ineffabilis Deus (1854) and in Pastor Aeternus (1870) (and reaffirmed in Lumen Gentium (1964) and many other places) — from the second half of the Nineteenth Century, from the pontificate of Pope Pius IX, have come to lie near the epicenter of Catholic religious identity. Lourdes is not simply about the Blessed Virgin, the Theotokos, the Queen of Heaven, but about the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin. How many parish Churches and schools are named after the Immaculate Conception? The second of these, that of the Dogma of Papal Infallibility is the most serious and greatest obstacle to the re-unification of the Orthodox-Catholic Church, but for present purposes let us consider this doctrine only with respect to its impact on the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Pope Pius IX, that is, Papal Infallibility makes the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception an announced component of the Dogma of the Church, of the content of the faith. This Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was not just left to the realm of theological opinion — of theologumen — as it should have been, to be accepted by the faithful individual if useful to him or her. Rather, it was made part of the Dogma of the Church. All faithful had to believe it, have to believe it, or they are not faithful, are not Catholic. Elsewhere the Catholic Church has defined, also ex cathedra, that if one is not Catholic, one is not saved, one is outside of and has culpably rejected God's free gift of salvation.

For the avoidance of doubt on this point, we reproduce as immediately follows the text of the Definition itself from Ineffabilis Deus:

 

 

THE DEFINITION

Wherefore, in humility and fasting, we unceasingly offered our private prayers as well as the public prayers of the Church to God the Father through his Son, that he would deign to direct and strengthen our mind by the power of the Holy Spirit. In like manner did we implore the help of the entire heavenly host as we ardently invoked the Paraclete. Accordingly, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for the honor of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the furtherance of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own:

We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.

[Declaramus, pronuntiamus et definimus doctrinam quae tenet beatissimam Virginem Mariam in primo instanti suae conceptionis fuisse singulari Omnipotentis Dei gratia et privilegio, intuitu meritorum Christi Jesu Salvatoris humani generis, ab omni originalis culpae labe praeservatam immunem, esse a Deo revelatam, atque idcirco ab omnibus fidelibus firmiter constanterque credendam.]

Hence, if anyone shall dare -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he thinks in his heart.

 

 
         

But how is one, how can the faithful orthodox-catholic Christian possibly reconcile the two strands, that of the necessity of embracing wholeheartedly a Dogma on a detail of theology in fact even understood by only a tiny minority of the faithful — original sin and its consequences and how Mary was kept free from this stain — on the one hand, and on the other hand the seeming un-necessity of embracing the most fundamental Christian beliefs of the Trinity and the Incarnation, flowing from Nostra Aetate and its theological progeny and antecedents?

One is, you are, outside of the Church and Grace and Salvation and Heaven if you reject, if you just fail to embrace, a questionable, highly intellectualized point of high theology concerning Original Sin and the relationship of the Blessed Theotokos, the Mother of God, to it, but one is, you are, not outside of Grace and Salvation and Heaven if you reject God?

1854 to 1964, this is the same Church? What intervened? The August 1914 to May 1945 Civil War of European Christendom? Shoah-Holocaust assumed guilt? Or maybe it was rather the divisions within, the absense of the actually unity of the Orthodox-Catholic Church?

 

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church ¶ 841: "The Church's relationship with the Muslims. 'The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day.'"

"But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Mohammedans, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind." - from Lumen Gentium.

 

 

Can these seeming incongruities be explained away by Catholic canon lawyers to Orthodox canon lawyers? And why pin all this on John Paul II when, for example, Lumen Gentium was promulgated after a vote of 2151 bishops to 5 dissenters?

Of course they can be explained away by such lawyers or by anyone likely to be reading the present paragraphs or by the writer of the present paragraphs. Luckily they are sufficiently vague they do not actually mean much. "But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Mohammedans ..." Of course that is the case. The plan of salvation includes the Muslims: that they should and must accept and follow Christ as the Messiah of God, the Second Person of the Holy and Eternal Trinity, the only begotten Son of God and therefore also that they, the Muslims abandon the patently erroneous notion that Muhammad is a man of God, much less His supreme, final and definitive prophet. A companion statement might be made about the Jews. And as for John Paul II's responsibility, if there is a divorce, some dicotomy between the Second Vatican Council decisions, the documents and decrees, and their later interpretation and implementation, then who bears the chief responsibility for the latter?

And friends, and please I beg you Holy Fathers, consider, the headlines, your headlinesgreat respect for Islam — and the like are digested by hundreds of millions, the detailed explanations of Church spin docters by perhaps tens of thousands.

 

 

 

         

Quid?

Co?

What?

The Orthodox-Catholic Church, in each of its three destructively divided Communities — Catholic, Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox — holds that every human soul in Heaven with God is a saint. Yet we all hope that only a tiny proportion of those actually with God in Heaven are those who have been canonized by the Church on Earth. The present writer is horrified by the contemplation of the conclusion that his present remarks represent the assertion that John Paul II is not in Heaven with God. But formal canonization by The Church is something set apart, and the senior most Catholic bishops in charge of that process want to assert that John Paul II's canonization is unrelated to his pontificate. Rather it is happening because of his personal virtues of faith, hope and love? Or maybe because of the vox populi, to wit, some kids carried posters at his funeral with the words Santo Subito, like in the rock concerts after World Youth Day and the other carnaval-atmosphere, mass rallies which Pope John Paul II introduced as regular events in the life of the Church? Or maybe masses of Catholic youth, with trousers intentionally pulled half-way down their asses, meandering past his funeral bier in Saint Peter's Basilica in order to catch a smart-phone photo? Have another look brothers. And tell us that an absolute monarch with the second longest run in history is not responsible for what happened during his reign? You can not have it both ways, absolute monarchy, but responsibility lies elsewhere. And what happened to the Catholic Church during those 27 years is horrible. The emperor isn't wearing any clothes.   ROME (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II is being beatified not because of his impact on history or on the Catholic Church, but because of the way he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes. "Clearly his cause was put on the fast track, but the process was done carefully and meticulously, following the rules Pope John Paul himself issued in 1983," the cardinal said April 1, during a conference at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. The cardinal said the church wanted to respond positively to many Catholics' hopes to have Pope John Paul beatified quickly, but it also wanted to be certain that the pope, who died in 2005, is in heaven. Cardinal Amato said the sainthood process is one of the areas of church life where the consensus of church members, technically the "sensus fidelium" ("sense of the faithful"), really counts. "From the day of his death on April 2, 2005, the people of God began proclaiming his holiness," and hundreds, if not thousands, visit his tomb each day, the cardinal said. A further sign is the number of biographies published about him and the number of his writings that are translated and re-published. In the course of a beatification cause, there is the vox populi," he said, which must be "accompanied by the vox dei (voice of God) -- the miracles -- and the vox ecclesiae (voice of the church)," which is the official judgment issued after interviewing eyewitnesses and consulting with historians, physicians, theologians and church leaders to verify the candidate's holiness. Beatification and canonization are not recognitions of someone's superior understanding of theology, nor of the great works he or she accomplished, he said. Declaring someone a saint, the church attests to the fact that he or she lived the Christian virtues in a truly extraordinary way and is a model to be imitated by others, the cardinal said. The candidate, he said, must be perceived "as an image of Christ." Cardinal Amato said, "the pressure of the public and of the media did not disturb the process, but helped it" because it was a further sign of Pope John Paul's widespread reputation for holiness, which is something the church requires proof of before it moves to beatify someone. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who served as Vatican spokesman under Pope John Paul, told the conference that the late pope's voice, his pronunciation, his use of gestures and his presence at the altar or on a stage all contributed to his success as a communicator. But the key to his effectiveness was that he firmly believed that each person was created in God's image and likeness, Navarro-Valls said. "I think this was what attracted people even more than the way he spoke." People felt he was sincere in his recognition of their dignity and of their destiny to be with God, he said. "He was a man profoundly convinced of the truth of those words in Genesis -- 'God made man and woman in his image and likeness.' This gave him optimism even when he could no longer walk, and then even when he could no longer speak," Navarro-Valls said. The Spaniard, a member of Opus Dei, said he had the blessing of personally knowing three saints: Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei; Blessed Teresa of Kolkata; and Pope John Paul. What all three have in common, he said, was a good sense of humor, a ready smile and an ability to laugh. As for those who question beatifying Pope John Paul only six years after his death and those who say the explosion of the clerical sex abuse scandal during his pontificate casts a dark shadow on his reign, Navarro-Valls said people must remember that beatification is not a judgment on a pontificate, but on the personal holiness of the candidate. The key question, he said, is: "Can we be certain he lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way?" END (1 April 2011 Catholic News Service)  
 

 

Totua Tuus   roma not really   JPII beatification 1 May 2011
    ... and back to business on 2 May 2011   Beatyfikacja najsłynniejszego Syna Polski, 1 Maja 2011 roku w Rzymie

 

 

 

... another side, the good side, of the story:

 

   

Documents of John Paul II

Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio, On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, 22 November 1981
(But an unfortunate silence from JPII that mixed marriage with a non-Christian is not a good idea; conspicuous absence of the word clear and unconfusing word adultery in sections dealing with Trial Marriages, De Facto Free Unions and Divorced Persons Who Have Remarried.)

Apostolic Letter, Orientale Lumen, to mark the Centenary of the Orientalium Dignitas of Pope Leo XIII, 2 May 1995

Apostolic Letter for the Fourth Centenary of the Union of Brest, 12 November 1995

Apostolic Letter for the 350th Anniversary of the Union of Uzhorod, 18 April 1996

Apostolic Letter for the Third Centenary of the Union of the Greek-Catholic Church of Romania with the Church of Rome, 2 May 2000

Apostolic Letter for the 1700th Anniversary of the Baptism of the Armenian People, 2 February 2001

Encyclical, Ut Unum Sint, on Commitment to Ecumenism, 25 May 1995]

   

 

Hesychasm  
  Pope John Paul II, Homily at Ephesus, 30 November 1979, General Audience, 14 November 1990, General Audience, 12 November 1997, General Audience, 19 November 1997, Jubilee of Scientists  

 

 

 

painting by Matejko in Vatican Museums of Jan III Sobieski sending Message of Victory to the Pope at the Battle of Kahlenberg-Vienna

Antemurale Christianitatis – Bulwark of Christianity

 
     
  Jan III Sobieski sending Message of Victory at Vienna to the Pope, painting by Jan Matejko, in Vatican Museums  

 

 

Kahlenberg Kirche

Kahlenberg Kirche

 

 

Sobieski plaque on outside wall of Kahlenberg Kirche

 

 

plaque at Kahlenberg Kirche from Stadt Wien

 

 

 

JPII plaque at Kahlenberg Kirche

 

 

   

copper plaque commemorating visit of jpii

 

prayer bench in Kahlenberg Cathedral

And this is striking, is it not, a reigning pope visiting a tiny, out of the way Church in a foreign country,
such visit to country, city, rural district and Church timed to correspond to a battle? The pope seems to have been quite invested, intellectually and emotionally in the event — European Christendom saved from murderous Muslim onslaught and not
by prayer alone but by force of military arms, Polish military arms — and yet 13 September 1983 to 27 October 1986 ???

Kniebank

 

 

 

 

... and in a similar vein in Albania, at the foot of
Kalaja e Rozafës – Rozafa Castle near Shkodër, in the
modest Santuario Madonna del buon Consiglio,
this time nearly ten years later, on 25 IV 1993:
   
  Santuario Madonna del buon Consiglio  
     

 

 

  Reason attests that there are objects of the human act which are by their nature ‘incapable of being ordered’ to God, because they radically contradict the good of the person made in his image. These are the acts which, in the Church’s moral tradition, have been termed ‘intrinsically evil’: they are such always and per se, in other words, on account of their very object, and quite apart from the ulterior intentions of the one acting and the circumstances.  
    Pope John Paul II in his 1993 Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor  

 

 

Can a lesser man, lesser in perhaps every sense: lesser learned, lesser intelligent, lesser holy, nonetheless be right where the greater man is wrong?

And perhaps this is the chief gift, the chief lesson we all receive from the life of Blessed John Paul II, that God is God, there is no other God but God.

 

 

 

Apologies for a piece of self-reference. In fairness there are not many such contained in these pages, but how many people — neither Poles nor particularly of Polish background — are known to the reader who went off to live for seven months (at least in the sense of making it their base camp) in Wadowice and indeed in the Carmelite Monastery of Wadowice?    
    Well folks, it is not me you have to convince.