Recently, a long-time reader, a subscriber for more than 5 years, became irate after my disrespectful comments about Pope Benedict XVI in a recent post. Although I am sorry to see him – and others – leave, I will not change a post that reflects what I believe to be the truth. Pope Benedict is perceived by many as a martyr, and I have honored him for freeing the true Mass, and for asserting the truth, that is, that the true Mass could never rightly be suppressed. However, before he was Pope, Father Josef Ratzinger was a modernist through and through, and he has never properly recanted his harmful books.
Today, Sandro Magister posted an article which is at once fascinating and frightening in its implications. But also, it contains a small passage remarking on Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI that I believe, sheds light on my “obnoxious” comments on both popes. Some excerpts follow, with my brief note below it. The entire article here: ” ‘Magnum Principium’ At Work. The Incredible ‘Credo’ of Professor Melloni.”
A discussion has been prompted by the motu proprio “Magnum Principium” with which Pope Francis a few days ago redefined the responsibilities of the bishops and of the episcopal conferences in the translations of liturgical texts.
Meanwhile, however, there are those who are going rogue, without even being bishops. Like Professor Alberto Melloni, who on September 13 offered in grand style to the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew – on a visit to Bologna, to the foundation created by Giuseppe Dossetti and Giuseppe Alberigo, the captain of which today is Melloni – his own brand-new Italian translation of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan “Credo,” the one that is recited or sung at every Mass.
In presenting this creature of his, “ruminated over for a long time among several scholars and discussed with a philologist of the caliber of Silvia Ronchey,” Melloni said that he wanted “to leave the Latin Credo to its history,” along with that divisive “Filioque” which has never been part of the original Greek text. As if to resolve on his own in this way, by magic, centuries of schism between the Church of Rome and the Churches of the East.
In reality, without much horn-tooting over unlikely ecumenical miracles, John Paul II and Benedict XVI had already, on several occasions, recited the “Credo” in the original Greek text without the “Filioque,” together with patriarchs of Constantinople.
But here comes Melloni with his own “Credo,” translated from the Greek into a very bizarre Italian, capable according to him of finally “reviving the hidden rhymes of the common faith and the thrum of that ‘One’ which seems like a refrain.”
It has to be read to be believed.
Sandro Magister has an audio file of the recitation of the Creed by those John Paul and Benedict and also a copy of the Creed they recited, omitting the objectionable ” filioque”.
The earlier actions of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI were directly responsible for the scandal we have today with Bergoglio and Melloni. We have reaped what was sown by the revolutionaries of Vatican II, and this destructive whirlwind will not be halted until there is a return to obedient faith. This faith, once rejected must be begged for with humble, contrite hearts.
Please pray for the Pope and the Church, and especially our priests. And please consider doubling down on your prayers and acts of reparation between now and October 13. Thank you for reading! I pray for you always.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!