Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Pope Benedict has turned his back on God

Again, my apologies for not keeping this site up to date - it had become my impression the no one still read this blog. Recently, I received an email from someone who has read one of my columns. She told me that she HAD read this site. Perhaps another reason I had been reticent in writing on this blog was because of what was to be the next, and perhaps saddest entry. The day has come that I thought would never come in the Catholic Church. The day has finally come that Pope Benedict has turned his back on God.

Why would I say this? Let me start out with a quote by the Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta.

"There is only one God, and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholic and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs - all different religions. But they all come to our prayers." – Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta.

Pope Benedict started out, before he was pope by telling the world he though all Jews had to convert to Christianity in order to be saved. It didn’t matter to him that the apostles were all Jews. It didn’t matter to him that Christ was a Jew. It didn’t matter to him that Mary the Mother of God was a Jew.

He followed this up with a pronouncement that Islam was “evil and inhuman”. During the week of September 14, 2006 he delivered a speech at a German University. The following is a quote from an article about the speech.

“The emperors words were, he said: ‘Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.’” - Pope Benedict quoted in an article from BBC news, found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5346480.stm

In what is perhaps the saddest event since the foundation of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict has denounced all other faiths but Catholicism as being false. Here is a quote from an associated press article (found at http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2007/07/10/pope_other_christians_not_true_churches/?page=2):

“LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy --Pope Benedict XVI reasserted the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation.” - By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Writer, July 10, 2007

Can it get worse? Yes it can. Read on – another quote from the same article.

“The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Benedict headed before becoming pope, said it was issuing the new document Tuesday because some contemporary theological interpretations of Vatican II's ecumenical intent had been "erroneous or ambiguous" and had prompted confusion and doubt.

The new document -- formulated as five questions and answers -- restates key sections of a 2000 text the pope wrote when he was prefect of the congregation, "Dominus Iesus," which riled Protestant and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities and therefore did not have the "means of salvation."

The commentary repeated church teaching that says the Catholic Church "has the fullness of the means of salvation."

"Christ 'established here on earth' only one church," said the document released as the pope vacations at a villa in Lorenzago di Cadore, in Italy's Dolomite mountains.

The other communities "cannot be called 'churches' in the proper sense" because they do not have apostolic succession -- the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ's original apostles -- and therefore their priestly ordinations are not valid, it said.” - By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Writer, July 10, 2007

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune by Robert McClory entitled “Pope’s latest moves setting church apart” discussed these events surrounding “restoring” the Latin Mass. The article ended with these words:

“If it is the pope’s intention to create a small and obedient church of the elect, that is what he may get before this train is fully unloaded.” – Robert McClory

How true. The pope has denounced Judaism, Islam and all other Faiths. He has denounced all other Christians who are not Catholic.

What the pope has done is turn his back on God.