Hold your horses on that Pius X Society no

It’s not as simple, apparently.  Also apparently, Pope B-16 has been close to this one, and some Vatican hard-liners, relatively speaking, have been removed from the picture.

Those who think that this is the endpoint, that those in charge of the Fraternity have definitively given up on the idea of putting an end to the injustices that burden them, and of fulling restoring the Tradition of the Church to Rome, risk being disappointed in the days and weeks ahead

via RORATE CÆLI: Op-Ed (English – français) The basis for the future relations of the SSPX with Rome La base des prochaines relations de la FSSPX avec Rome.

Very interesting.

Correcting a papal headline

Prayer and Scripture reading help guide the faithful through life, Pope tells audience

via Prayer and Scripture reading help guide the faithful through life, Pope tells audience : News Headlines – Catholic Culture.

That’s the head on a good story.  But “tells,” as if he announces something?  No, reminds.  It’s an oldie and goodie and something worth repeating a lot.

St. Pius X Catholics will return to a struggle

SSPX Mass in St. Jude's Church, Philadelphia.
SSPX Mass in St. Jude's Church, Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The way things used to be.

Natl Catholic Register’s Pat Archbold welcomes the Society of St. Pius X people’s expected return from the wilderness of papal interdict, but sees no promise of a rose garden in that return:

Bringing the SSPX back into the fold is a great thing for the souls involved and I think that they will help be an example to others. But their integration will be very painful, very. So if this really happens as it appears it will, let us rejoice. But let us also be realistic. The gates of hell will never prevail, we have the Lord’s promise on that. But in the meantime, things may even get worse before they get better. But at least now we will have some really good people bearing it with us.

He refers to those returning, and they would rightly scoff at the wilderness motif. Rather, it’s a return to the big, bad world of what Archbold neatly terms 1965-2012 Catholicism. I have heard their priests (not all) rail against the contemporary church, more often in support of strict practice in faith and morals and liturgical practice.

They and their flock are not going gentle into that good night, as they see it, of this era. But they are third-generation pre-1965 Catholics, firm in all they espouse, and will more likely rage against the dying of the light, as they see it, of this era. Catholics will continue to live in interesting times.

More: At the same time, keep in mind that the SSPX leadership calls this “a stage and not a conclusion” of return.  Which they would, of course.


Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth

Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI.
He makes things clear.

The pope is a highly unusual CEO:

One keen irony about the papacy of Benedict XVI is that while the Vatican regime over which he presides has sometimes come off as ham-fisted in terms of public relations, the pope himself is almost universally acknowledged as a gifted communicator.

Robert Townsend said it decades ago in his Up the Organization! Your execs have to be able to say what’s going on.

John Allen explains:

In the old days, a pope would say or do something controversial, and then his aides would smooth things over. More recently, its actually been the pope who gets the Vatican back on message after someone else has put his foot in his mouth. (This, by the way, should not be taken as a criticism of Benedicts official spokesperson, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, who does a heroic job under the circumstances.)

That’s our pope. Read the whole review article.

Yonder pope, he German . . .

Otto von Bismarck
Bismarck lives!

I don’t buy Gene Kennedy’s argument in general, but his ethnic argument in particular is awry.

Folklore grinds out the grains of truth that are found in such notions [as]: If an Irishman is given a choice of water or whisky, the water will go untouched.

With Pope Benedict XVIs latest plans for time traveling the church back to another era, we recall another claim: If a German is offered a choice between justice and good order, hell take the good order any day.

That may not apply to all Germans, but it certainly does to the present pope who is currently devoting a lot of time to battling what he terms relativism and to bolstering his Reform of the Reform, a.k.a., turning Vatican II back into Vatican I.

He’s maybe been “listening to too much Wagner,” says K, who is having a little ethnic fun here, I would like to think.  But it fails from several standpoints, one of which occurs right off.

The Rahner brothers, especially Karl, both SJ, might have found folkloric grains of truth in the above — which admittedly may not apply to all Germans (really?) — after, say, a stein or two of Bavaria’s best. But my guess is they stir uncomfortably in their graves when they hear it helps to be German if you intend to reform, i.e. reverse, reform.

There’s more. The pope is or appears “willing to turn worship into a well planned war game by deploying believers as if they were charged to march, salute, and, of course, pray and obey,” says Kennedy, warming to his task.

The pope’s heritage makes him feel more comfortable if you remove all of the doubt, mistakes, and spontaneity from life as if that would remove sin. He apparently wants to do the same with worship that, as a human activity, is bound to express the incompleteness, the ever unfinished edges, the heartbreak and the unfulfilled hopes, that, along with their simple joy and gratitude, human beings express in their prayer lives.

Heritage, shmeritage. Spend too much time in the mists of Glocca Mora, and the fairies will get you if you don’t watch out.

This pope intends to find mystery in “phrases minted like coins of Bismarck’s empire, each one perfect, each one the same, and not one of them worth anything today.”

Bismarck, eh?

Pope on condoms — and on what else?

Phil Lawler at CatholicCulture.org comes up with something else from the book with the pope-on-condoms item:

If you want to drum up controversy on the basis of one quote pulled out of the Pope’s book-length interview Light of the World, how about this one, found on page 152:

Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation.

Unlike the now-famous quotation about condom use, this sentence isn’t pulled out of context. The Pope isn’t merely speculating. He isn’t raising a possible objection or exception to his own argument. His point is clear.

Thing is, he’s talking about his own institution, where among the clergy there may be no hotter issue.

The pope and condoms

Pope Benedict XVI in Sydney for World Youth Da...
Done in by incompetents?

Canadian pro-lifer Steve Jalsevac has discovered “the greatest and most damaging incident of Vatican media incompetence that has probably ever happened,” citing CatholicCulture.org’s Phil Lawler, who wrote of “public-relations bungling at the Vatican,” and Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, who wrote of “baffling failures of some [of the pope’s] aides” — both in regard to the pope’s condom-approval comments.