Monday, April 25, 2005

That MEAN Pius X...but NICE Benedict XV...

Rev. Richard McBrien on Pope Benedict XV:
"Although his pontificate was overshadowed by the First World War, Benedict XV's greatest accomplishment may have been his calling to a halt the internecine war within the Church provoked by the vehement anti-Modernism campaign of his predecessor, Pius X. Benedict XV may well have been one of the finest popes in history, but surely one of the least appreciated, inside as well as outside the Church."

PADRE POINT: HOWEVER, what Fr. McBrien failed to mention is that, Pope Benedict XV renewed the condemnation of modernism that Pope Pius X initiated (by the way Pius X is a canonized saint!!!)
"...Hence arose the monstrous errors of "Modernism," which Our Predecessor rightly declared to be "the synthesis of all heresies," and solemnly condemned. We hereby renew that condemnation in all its fulness, Venerable Brethren, and as the plague is not yet entirely stamped out, but lurks here and there in hidden places, We exhort all to be carefully here and there in hidden places, We exhort all to be carefully on their guard against any contagion of the evil...Nor do We merely desire that Catholics should shrink from the errors of Modernism, but also from the tendencies or what is called the spirit of Modernism. Those who are infected by that spirit develop a keen dislike for all that savours of antiquity and become eager searchers after novelties in everything: in the way in which they carry out religious functions, in the ruling of Catholic institutions, and even in private exercises of piety..."

PADRE POINT 2: See how nicely Popes continue one another's great work! Expect the same with JP II and Pope Benedict XVI!!! CONTINUITY is the KEY WORD TODAY!!!

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