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Georg Ratzinger: “Lay off my brother!”

posted by David Gibson

Papstbruden.jpgOr that is more or less what the papstbruder told a German newspaper. Bild has the details on what Joseph’s protective older brother said in the interview. (Georg is three years older; a sister, Maria, died in the early 1990s.)

“He doesn’t need me to defend him. But it angers me how unjust and badly informed the people who are attacking him are,” Georg Ratzinger told German newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung. He finds the harsh criticism the Pope has received from people in his native Germany, as well as from the rest of the world, unjust: “We always speak about an informed society, when in reality it is uninformed.”

Georg said he and his brother, Joseph, er, Benedikt, speak on the phone but don’t discuss the scandal: “We usually talk about personal things.”
Georg Ratzinger was especially incensed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s criticism of the pontiff’s rehabilitation of the four SSPX Traditonalist bishops, one of whom is an open Holocaust denier:

“I always saw her as a rational woman. But perhaps at the moment she is under pressure to say something irrational.”

Well, she’s not the only one in Germany saying such things. Check out this piece in Der Spiegel (English version), “Losing Touch: A German Pope Disgraces the Catholic Church.” Or this one, “The Pope Has Lost His Magic.” The lede: “The scandal surrounding Bishop Williamson has brought the honeymoon between Germans and their pope to an abrupt end. The affair has done lasting damage to Benedict’s reputation and authority in his home country…”
Oy vey.



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pagansister

posted February 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm


Oy vey! indeed. Foot in mouth disease once again from the mighty Benny. Even his former country men and women are finding him hard to take.



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Tom

posted February 5, 2009 at 1:55 am


“In addition, the Vatican should have made clear that the lifting of the excommunications did not reinstate the bishops in their church positions, and that it was merely a preliminary step based on the church of the Second Vatican Council.”
Funny how Smoltczyk blames the Vatican for the PR snafu instead of all the numbskulls of the mainstream media who are either suffering from a severe mental deficiency or a severe lack of morals when it comes to reporting facts. If these journalists are so ill-informed with canonical procedure that they consistently misrepresent the facts then perhaps they need to find another line of work or abstain from reporting on religious matters altogether.
The Jewish leaders, however, should know WAY better than to rely on the secular press. After all, they’re being portrayed as the antagonists in this latest scuffle when Hamas were the ones who fired mortar rounds and used women and children as human shields to begin with. Better to get the story straight from the horses mouth.
“For example, why does the pope always hold out his hand of mercy in just one direction? Why doesn’t he wave it over the black sheep Hans Küng or Leonardo Boff, the deeply pious liberation theologist?”
Have these men expressed a yearning to reconcile with the ecclesiastical authorities similar to SSPX, or is Smoltczyk a complete and utter bafoon? One can only wonder.



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The Dissident

posted February 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm


I found the German chancellor’s actions to be absolutely appropriate, she does her country and the world a great service.



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Vatican 2 Catholic

posted February 5, 2009 at 5:50 pm


This article is going to be very blunt right off the bat. In regards to the recent numerous attacks on Pope Benedict and the lifting of the excommunications of the SSPX the critical priests, bishops, cardinals who are pledged in obedience to the pope quite frankly need to shut up.
What a bunch of self righteous tradition hating intolerant bigots. Talk about showing one’s true colors. Way to be true to the Gospels and imitators of Christ by reaching out and welcoming back a million plus Catholic souls who have been isolated from the Church for over twenty years. Great pastoral work there boys! To be frank you critics of the Pope are as just as light headed as the rest of these media junkies who couldn’t get a Catholic thing right if the Pope himself educated them. If you think one stupid bishop’s comments in an interview done last fall changes the stance of the Church’s teaching and the efforts that Pope Benedict has made through
his entire life to work against anti-Semitism then your just as blind as the rest of them.
We’re really getting sick and tired of half a** Catholics who are more so in name than in deed attacking the Church and the person God Himself has appointed as the Vicar of Christ (in case you forgot your theology in your bureaucratic politics).
Hardly one of you has done a blasted thing to condemn the sex scandals and hold your fellow bishops or priests accountable.
Hardly any of you has followed the documents of the Council in
regards to the liturgy and ecumenism. As far as many of us obedient and orthodox ‘novus ordo’ Catholics are concerned you’re just as disobedient and on the verge of schism as the SSPX.
We have traveled to at least 15 western countries world wide since the release of Redemptionis Sacramentum and have hardly seen any implementation of the document who your so called ‘beloved John Paul the Great’ mandated to be implemented immediately.
Half of you have been a bunch of cowards in following the teachings of the Church in regards to abortion, politicians
and the reception of the Body of Christ in the Eucharist.
We haven’t seen any unified public condemnation for the widespread dissent in your seminaries and convents. But in some of your seminaries the frequent occuring of online use of pornographic materials and child porn in some cases doesn’t seem to be a concern to you.
The disregard for adherence to the teachings of Humanae Vitae and holding your priests accountable are completely out of line with your ‘vocation descriptions’.
Your lack of excommunications or corrections for Catholics and Catholic Universities who out rightly defy or deny almost every sexual teaching that the Church holds including the open declaration of many of your priests to support same sex unions
and participation in gay events is frankly disgusting.
Many of you continue to do nothing in correcting and dealing with the many priests, nuns, and laity who openly defy and disobey the teachings of celibacy and woman’s ordinations.
The European bishops have done a great job at keeping up the Churches as museums but in Church attendance they have failed miserably which shows a lack of doing what a bishop is suppose to do, teach the faith.
The lack of excommunications for ‘Catholics who have endorsed or enabled the availability of same sex unions.
The Canadian Bishops have yet to rebuke the 200 plus religious orders who in 2007 generated a report full of dissent in teaching, discipline, sexuality, celibacy, homosexuality, divorce, and female ordination.
The Canadian Conference of Bishops still refuse to allow the Vatican to investigate whether the Winnipeg Statement contains schismatic claims.
And you bishops world wide continue to question the authority of the pope and the huge dilemma he has to fix because of your failings. Look to yourselves before you criticize and condemn others.
Wake up priests and bishops and do your jobs. The pope is doing an
excellent job of getting the Catholic Church back on its feet and unifying all Christians back into the fold. And you stand there like a bunch of hypocrites criticizing your leader. Maybe if you started following His example in teaching, example especially in regards to Ecumenism and Liturgy you would see a change in the world in which you have allowed to become so corrupt with sin. And if you had been as obedient and tolerable as you claim to be then you would have never allowed this situation to get to where its at. Stop pointing fingers at the Pope and start pointing them to God in
prayer. Your lack of charity with both the Pope and the millions of
Catholics who adhere to the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church is no longer tolerable. Either wake up and deal with the crisis of faith that you have allowed to occur for the past 40 years or as John Paul told the liberal regimists in South America “Silencio” .
Just look at the simple comments from the Pope on the Media recently released asking us to use the media to proclaim the Gospel and instead you use it to create friction, division and attack your leader. This goes just as well for the Bishop Williams
fellow as well. Great example from our leaders and teachers of the faith!
To be a member of the Catholic Church means you adhere to the teachings and the Magisterium, Not attack it! If you’re not with the Church then you are against the Church. It’s that simple. Not our words Jesus’. These internal attacks on the orthodoxy of the faith and the papacy need to end now! This nonsense has been going on for 40 plus years and quite frankly its sinful.
The Catholic Church is not an organization running a Public Relations
campaign. The Catholic Faith is not an opinion it is a way of life.
The faith is not a Catholic buffet either you accept it in fullness or get out. Why do you distract those who have chosen the Church as their way of life with your spiritual garbage. Why are you in the Church if you are not here to build it up. Why are you still here if you hate orthodoxy and the Church’s teachings.
The Catholic Church is the One True Church of Jesus Christ in which is concerned only with the salvation of all mankind. If that is not your mission within the Church to cooperate with God’s mission and save souls including the million plus members of the SSPX then as Vatican II says ‘You are neither of use to yourself or to the Church’. If you attack the Papacy you are attacking the Church. If you are attacking the Church you are attacking Jesus Himself. It’s really time for the Church’s members to stop attacking
the Church and start building it up. Your are the body of Christ. You are the salt of the earth. You are commanded to save souls. You are told to preach the gospel. “I give you a new commandment love one another as I have loved you”



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ed gleason

posted February 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm


Wow, A few nerves have been rubbed raw by posting anonymous Vatican II Catholic. Maybe if the ‘conservative wing’ of the RCC would stop making dumb moves, VATII’s meds might calm he/she down.
Try thinking about the crummy/depression/jobless economy for a the next few days and lay off the Church blogs. Maciel is dead and the SSPX will fade away. I know what to do? My wife told me to shut up about all this stuff two days ago..



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Tom

posted February 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm


{…then as Vatican II says ‘You are neither of use to yourself or to the Church’.}
Where does Vatican II say this?



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pagansister

posted February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm


Vatican 2 Catholic:
Were you trying to tell some one something?
You seem to have no respect for those other members(and some of it’s priests) of your religion who just happen to think that the church and it’s God appointed leader aren’t heading in the right direction. After 2000 years it mignt be time to come into the 21st century. The church actually wouldn’t die out with updating…honest!
I expect there were coments on the priests that molested children, and some on those bishops who just passed the priests to another church to continue messing with kids. And why is it your personal business if a Catholic doesn’t think homosexuality isn’t a sin, as GOD made all things (including homosexuals AND heterosexuals and trees, birds etc) and that some of your parishioners might use (gasp) artificial birth control…as they’s like to feed those kids they have.



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Bob

posted February 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm


Pagansister
“priests that molested children”
Studies have shown the problem is actually greater in Protestant denominations. Where’s the rage against them?
“homosexuality isn’t a sin, as GOD made all things”
He also made hurricanes, so I guess ‘Katrina’ was good. Though I bet people in New Orleans would disagree.
“some of your parishioners might use (gasp) artificial birth control”
Yes, but they shouldn’t be, and there are good doctrinal reasons for that position. Of course, to know that you would have to actually familiarize yourself with some true Catholic doctrine rather than make it up as you go along, but why would we want to let “facts” get in the way of the hate speech you constantly spew?
You hate Catholics, you absolutely, undeniably hate us, and I can’t figure out why.. What happened? What on earth went wrong in you to make you so viciously hateful and intolerant, Pagansister?



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posted February 7, 2009 at 2:35 am


If a spiritual community, e.g. the Catholic Church, fails to give clear guidelines and be a moral anchors to its members, then it will be considered ‘obsolete’ sooner or later by a majority of its members since those guidelines are the main reason why that ‘spiritual community’ exists and has followers in the first place. While trying to be ‘everyone’s darling’, the Catholic Church will dig its own grave . . . this is as certain as the “Amen” in the church still is.



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pagansister

posted February 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm


NO, Bob, if I had hated Catholics I wouldn’t have spent 10 years teaching in a Catholic school and loving it. (believe me the salary isn’t a draw). 10 years of attending Mass once a month with the 5 year olds I taught, and teaching the Hail Mary to kids as well as the Our Father, etc. I just happen to disagree with a lot of the doctrine. I’m not the only one, as some of the teachers, all Catholic except me and one other teacher, disagreed with some of it also. So I “hate” to burst your bubble, but I don’t hate Catholics. In fact, some of my best friends are Catholic. Spew hatred? No, that statement is resented and not true. I disagree. There is a large difference.
You mentioned Protestants have more molesters? I wouldn’t know about that, but I suspect at least the police were called and the minister wasn’t just sent to another church.
As to artifical birth control use by Catholics…I do know the reasons the RCC prohibits it. However that would be one of things I disagree with. I’m too old to worry about being pregnant anymore, but when I was younger, not being Catholic, not a worry for me.Birth control is personal, and IMO not to be dictated by an old man in a castle.
The weather is the weather…Mother Nature does as she wishes.
Have a good day, Bob.



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