With the amount written about it in the last week, I thought it is fitting for me to make a few short notes on the attacks on Pope Benedict XVI.
Those who know me would be aware that I am generally rather critical of the Church of Rome, and their many innovations since they split away from the Church of Christ 1000 years ago. With that having being said, however, I can not stand idly by be silent on the vitriolic abuse by ultra-liberals being spewed at Pope Benedict XVI.
I should begin by noting that obviously every instance of abuse is deplorable, and the Church of Rome has made numerous mistakes (to put it rather mildly) in their handling of the issue in the past. And I certainly think the Church of Rome’s institutional culture, combined with the modern innovation of clerical celibacy, is to blame to a large degree.
With that being said, however, it is clear beyond all doubt that the attacks on Pope Benedict XVI are without any substance whatsoever, a fact conceded by even those who have been previously scathing in their criticism of the Roman Church.
So why the attacks on Benedict? What is this all about, at its core? The thing is, this really, this isn’t about abuse in the Church of Rome. Not in the slightest. Rather, it is an act of desperation by an alliance of militant-atheists and a dying out breed of ultra-liberal Catholics opposed to the moves by the CoR to return, at least somewhat, to traditional values.
The reason atheists hate the CoR is obvious. Through standing firm to traditional Christian values – saying abortion is a sin, following the teachings of Christ on homosexuality, and opposing modern nihilism, they are an anathema to ‘progressive’ reformers. And so the hatred against this institution of a billion people – with more joining every day (as they flee the joke that the CoE has become) must really be potent.
But it isn’t just the atheists who are part of this anti-Benedict Crusade. Ultra-liberal Catholics too are joining in. Why? Because for much of the last half century, the Church of Rome has been dominated by a band of liturgical liberals. The tragic abuse of the Liturgy propagated by the Novus Ordo, and the persecution of practitioners of the traditional rite is nothing short of disgraceful. The fact that clergy are still attacked for fundamentals like ad orientum ought to be an outrage to all Christians worldwide, and the replacement of traditional prayer and solemn worship by dancing girls and puppets (seriously, click on the link and be horrified) is just mindboggling.
But the thing is, this wave of new-age ultra-liberal Catholic reformers is, well, dying out. Their members are all aging, and the younger generation (fortunately) has the brains to realise it’s, well, all a load of c**p. The Church of Rome is gradually returning to its traditional liturgical roots, and the present Pontiff is at the forefront of this resuscitation in traditional liturgical values. And it is precisely because Pope Benedict stands for a return to the liturgical practices of millennia that he is hated so.
This smear campaign, with no substance whatsoever, is little more than the last gasp of ultra-liberal radicals. A breed dying throughout the world, with little support, little power, and only hate to keep them going.
It really is a disgrace.
All traditionalists ought join in supporting the Pontiff, despite our disagreements with him, and express our support for the numerous positive changes he has brought upon the Church of Rome.
Because traditionalist solidarity matters.