Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

Tip of the iceberg in this at times sleazy papacy. Not happy to say it.

The previously hidden part of the letter provides the full explanation why Benedict refused to write a commentary on a new Vatican-published compilation of books about Francis’ theological and philosophical background that was released to mark his fifth anniversary as pope.

In addition to saying he didn’t have time, Benedict noted that one of the authors involved in the project had launched “virulent,” ”anti-papist” attacks against his teaching and that of St. John Paul II. He said he was “surprised” the Vatican had chosen the theologian to be included in the 11-volume “The Theology of Pope Francis.”

“I’m certain you can understand why I’m declining,” Benedict wrote.

I’d say we can. Francis’ administration — I’d use that word, because (a) it’s accurate and (b) it has accurate overtones of high politicization — is misreading what Francis wants or doing things the way he wants it. By now the former is highly unlikely, in view of the tight ship Francis is steering.

via Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter | Chicago Sun-Times

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  • takingasecondlook  On 03/20/2018 at 4:49 PM

    More palace intrigue…such has pockmarked our Church’s history at least since Constantine….and then the way it tried to re-write history like altering Protestant Reformation into Protestant Revolt…we coulda done better…wish we had



    • Jim Bowman  On 03/20/2018 at 5:50 PM

      Me too. Consider this, however, from “Dictator” author (now revealed) H.J.A.Sire, the first sentence of his 2015 book Phoenix From the Ashes: The Making, Unmaking, and Restoration of Catholic Tradition,” about the church since Vatican 2, “The history of human redemption,” he writes, “is the history of the frustration of God’s purposes.” I find that a liberating insight. The sort of no-b.s. realism that we need.


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