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Universe is product of design

Pope Explains his Authority

Pope Benedict said that Christ had given his apostles, and the bishops who succeeded them, the duty to ensure that the faith is passed along without dilution or distortion. Although the Pope “must be aware that he is a weak and fragile man,” he cannot avoid this responsibility, the Holy Father continued. He must execute his teaching function, fulfilling the mandate from Christ, because “when Sacred Scripture is separated from the living voice of the Church, it falls victims to the disputes among experts.”

The Pope acknowledged that papal authority is a stumbling block for some people, who see the teaching magisterium as a threat to freedom of belief and of conscience. But he explained that the Pope’s authority is not really his own, since “the ministry of the Pope is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word.” As teacher, he continue, the Pontiff “binds himself and the Church in obedience to God’s Word, in the face of all attempts to adapt that Word, or water it down, and in the face of all forms of opportunism.” Benedict XVI went on to say that his predecessor, John Paul II, was carrying out this task when he repeatedly demanded respect for human life, in the face of mounting public opposition. “The freedom to kill is not true freedom, a but a tyranny that reduces human beings to slavery,” he said.

The Universe is product of design, not chance, January 06, 2011

The universe reflects “the wisdom of the Creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily as he celebrated Mass for the feast of the Epiphany,

Commenting on the visit of the Magi, the Holy Father said that the wise men who followed a star recognized the plan that is inherent in all creation. The universe is not driven by random chance, he said. “In the beauty of the world, in its mystery, its greatness and rationality, we cannot fail to read the eternal rationality,” the Pope said. “We can not help but be guided by it to the one God, Creator of heaven and earth.”

A Fox News report on the homily drew the curious conclusion that the Pope was speaking about the “Big Bang” theory. But in fact the Pontiff spoke about the limitations of all human ideas about life—political as well as scientific—and all human plans that tend to shut out God. He reflected on how King Herod feared the Christ Child, because of jealousy for his royal power. All believers should learn from that story, he said:

Herod is a character whom we do not like, whom we instinctively judge in a negative way for its brutality. But we should ask ourselves: maybe there is something of Herod in us? Perhaps we, too, on occasion, see God as a kind of rival?

Editors note 1-1-20: Perhaps, living in the world with its authority we may see God as a kind of rival”— today in the middle of an impeachment of the president many politicians try their best to hold on to their convections, whether right or wrong, they have to keep their “royal power” and not loose face. Yes, the past is prologue and history does repeat itself.

Islamist Invasion: The visions of John Paul II

The Islamist Invasion: The visions of Pope John Paul II

Source:http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/11/24/st-john-paul-ii-had-vision-of-an-islamist-invasion-of-europe/

(Mgr Mauro Longhi, who often accompanied the former Pope on hiking trips while still a student, said St John Paul was a mystic who “dialogued” with Our Lady [His Blessed Mother] and had prophetic visions.)

Mgr Mauro Longhi said… [Pope John Paul II] foresaw a ‘mortal wound’ to the Church in the third millennium [2000 – 2999] He had a prophetic vision of an “Islamist invasion” of Europe, a former confidant has claimed. He made the remarks during a lecture at the Hermitage of Saints Peter and Paul in Bienno, northern Italy, which has been posted on YouTube.

During one meeting in 1992, Mgr Longhi says, John Paul II told of a disturbing vision he had had about the future of Europe.

“The Pope told me: ‘Tell this to those whom you will meet in the Church of the third millennium. I see the Church afflicted by a mortal wound. More profound, more painful than those of this millennium,’ referring to Communism and Nazi totalitarianism. ‘It is called Islamism. They will invade Europe. I have seen the hordes come from the West to the East,’ and then told to me each country one by one: from Morocco to Libya to Egypt, and so on till the East.

“The Holy Father added: ‘They will invade Europe, Europe will be like a basement, old relics, shadows, cobwebs. Family heirlooms. You, the Church of the third millennium, must contain the invasion. Not with armies, armies will not be enough, but with your faith, lived with integrity.

Mgr Longhi accompanied Pope John Paul II on hiking and skiing trips from 1985 until he was ordained 10 years later. He said the Pope would leave Rome in a modest car, so as not to attract attention, and stay at an Opus Dei home in the mountains in Abruzzo.

At night, the Pope would often kneel before the Tabernacle in the chapel of the building, conversing “at times even animatedly” with the Lord.

Mgr Longhi also said that Cardinal Andrzej Deskur, one of John Paul II’s closest friends, told him the pontiff had the “gift of visions”. “He speaks to God Incarnate, Jesus; he sees His face and he sees also the face of Our Lady, His [Blessed Mother],” the cardinal said.

Pope John Paul II is well-known for promoting inter-faith dialogue between Catholics and Muslims, most famously becoming the first Pope to set foot inside a mosque in 2001.

However, in his 2003 encyclical Ecclesia in Europa, the former pontiff wrote that dialogue with Islam “needs to be conducted prudently, with clear ideas about possibilities and limits, and with confidence in God’s saving plan for all his children.”

“It is also necessary to take into account the notable gap between European culture, with its profound Christian roots, and Muslim thought,” he added.

The New Pagans

The New Pagans and the Church
by Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
A 1958 Lecture by Joseph Ratzinger

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This lecture was delivered in 1958 by Joseph Ratzinger when he was a young priest assigned to youth ministry. He had been assigned to lecture to young people and hold religious instruction classes. The lecture was translated by Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

According to religious statistics, old Europe is still a part of the earth that is almost completely Christian. But there is hardly another case in which everyone knows as well as they do here that the statistic is false: This so-called Christian Europe for almost four hundred years has become the birthplace of a new paganism, which is growing steadily in the heart of the Church, and threatens to undermine her from within. The outward shape of the modern Church is determined essentially by the fact that, in a totally new way, she has become the Church of pagans, and is constantly becoming even more so. She is no longer, as she once was, a Church composed of pagans who have become Christians, but a Church of pagans, who still call themselves Christians, but actually have become pagans. Paganism resides today in the Church herself, and precisely that is the characteristic of the Church of our day, and that of the new paganism, so that it is a matter of a paganism in the Church, and of a Church in whose heart paganism is living.

“Pagan”
a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.
• dated, derogatory a non-Christian.
• an adherent of neopaganism.

“Neopaganism”
environmentalist
1 a person who is concerned with or advocates the protection of the environment.
2 a person who considers that environment, as opposed to heredity, has the primary influence on the development of a person or group.

Neopaganism is a highly varied mixture of ancient and modern elements, in which nature worship (influenced by modern environmentalism) often plays a major role. another influence is … magical and occult traditions, and radical feminist critiques of Christianity.

Let us pray
All powerful God, it is through your Church, generously endowed with gifts of grace and fortified by the Holy Spirit, that you send out your word *[that the “Past is Prologue”] to all nations. Strengthen your Church with the best of all food and make it dauntless in faith. Multiply its children to celebrate with one accord the mysteries of your love at the altar on high. 

*This phrase: “The Past is Prologue”  is found nowhere except in front of the National Archives in Washington, DC.

Selected Apostolic Letters of JP II

Of less solemn authority than an encyclical, Apostolic Letters may be written on a doctrinal matter. They may also announce a papal act such as declaring a person Venerable (heroic virtue) or declaring a church a basilica Ecclesia

Rosarium Vignis Mariae http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2rosar.htm
In an Apostolic Letter marking the 24th anniversary of his pontifrcate, Pope John Paul II examined the history and meaning ofthe Rosary. He proclaimed a Year of the Rosary (October 2002- October 2003) for world peace and the family, and encouraged meditation on five additional mysteries, called “luminous” (to be prayed on Thursdays).

Dei http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/ECCLESIA.HTM
Apostolic letter of Pope John Paul II issued on July 2, 1988. In this letter the Pope establishes a commission to facilitate the fiill ecclesial communion of those who have been linked to Lefebvre’s society_ He declares Archbishop Lefebvre and the four men that he consecrated as bishops excommunicated for their disobedience. He encourages a wide and generous application of Vatican directives for use ofthe Tridentine Mass.

Ad tuendam fidem http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2ADTU.HTM
Apostolic Letter To Protect the Faith issued “Motu Proprio” and by which certain norms are inserted into the Code of Canon Law and into the Code of Canons ofthe Eastern Churches. These changes reflect the content of the “Profession of Faith” promulgated in 1989 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the obligation of`
Catholics to believe “definitive teachings,” and not just those defined by a solemn extraordinary exercise of papal infallibility.

Dies Domini http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2dies.htm
Apostolic letter, signed 31 May 1998, on Sunday The Day ofthe Lord. Bishop Marini, pointing out that this letter “has its reference point in Vatican Council II, in particular on the conciliar liturgical reform,” said: `”Dies Domm1‘ on making Sunday holy, is placed above all in the framework of the preparation for the Great Jubilee ofthe Year 2000.

On the Diggig of Women http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2MULIE.HTM
Apostolic Letter Mulierzls Dignitatem, issued on August 15, 1988. John Paul deals with the question of understanding the reason for and the consequences of the Creator‘s decision that the human being should always and only exist as a woman or a man. He speaks of the greatness ofthe dignity and vocation of women and her active presence in the Church and in society.

Reserving Priestly Ordination
Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis on Resewing Priestly Ordination to Men Alone, dated 22 May 1994 and released to the public on May 29th. This is an infallible pronouncement stating that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women.

On Human Suffering
Apostolic Letter “Salvyici Doloris.” Issued on February 11, 1984. This reflection is a meditation on the mystery of suffering. John Paul expresses a special respect for every form of human suffering and builds upon the deepest need ofthe human heart and the imperative of faith.

Misericordia Dei Published 2 May 2002,
Apostolic Letter “In The Form Of Motu Proprio On Certain Aspects of the Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance.” A primary theme ofthe Letter is that, since both guilt and repentance are entirely personal, the only ordinary way to receive sacramental absolution is after individual confession.

Pontiff: Faith Is Foundation, Not Negotiation

Clarifies Nature of Ecumenism in Visit to Luther’s Convent
ERFURT, Germany, SEPT. 23, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says that ecumenism isn’t an exercise in negotiation, in which benefits and drawbacks are weighed in search of a consensus. “A self-made faith is worthless,” he says.
The Pope stated this today at an ecumenical celebration at the church of the former Augustinian Convent in Erfurt. The Holy Father visited the site, where Martin Luther lived for some years, on the second day of his four-day trip to Germany. He is in his homeland through Sunday.
He noted that prior to his visit, there was talk of “an ‘ecumenical gift’ which was expected from this visit.”
The Pontiff clarified that such talk “reflects a political misreading of faith and of ecumenism.”
He explained: “In general, when a Head of State visits a friendly country, contacts between the various parties take place beforehand to arrange one or more agreements between the two states: by weighing respective benefits and drawbacks a compromise is reached which in the end appears beneficial for both parties, so that a treaty can then be signed.
“But the faith of Christians does not rest on such a weighing of benefits and drawbacks. A self-made faith is worthless. Faith is not something we work out intellectually or negotiate between us. It is the foundation for our lives. Unity grows not by the weighing of benefits and drawbacks but only by entering ever more deeply into the faith in our thoughts and in our lives.”
Unheard?
Benedict XVI offered a reflection on Christ’s prayer for unity found in John 17.
“[Jesus] intercedes for coming generations of believers. He looks beyond the Upper Room, towards the future. He also prayed for us. And he prayed for our unity. This prayer of Jesus is not simply something from the past. He stands before the Father, for ever making intercession for us,” he said.
The Pope then asked the searching question: “Did Jesus’ prayer go unheard?”
“The history of Christianity is in some sense the visible element of this drama in which Christ strives and suffers with us human beings,” he said. “Ever anew he must endure the rejection of unity, yet ever anew unity takes place with him and thus with the triune God.”
The Holy Father invited his listeners to see both these things: human sin and God’s triumphs.
“In an ecumenical gathering, we ought not only to regret our divisions and separations, but we should also give thanks to God for all the elements of unity which he has preserved for us and bestows on us ever anew,” the Pontiff proposed. “And this gratitude must be at the same time a resolve not to lose, at a time of temptations and perils, the unity thus bestowed.”
Needing God?
The Bishop of Rome also considered the question of if man needs God.
He suggested that in a first instance, it might appear that things can function without him. “But the more the world withdraws from God, the clearer it becomes that man, in his hubris of power, in his emptiness of heart and in his longing for satisfaction and happiness, increasingly loses his life.
“A thirst for the infinite is indelibly present in human beings. Man was created to have a relationship with God; we need him. Our primary ecumenical service at this hour must be to bear common witness to the presence of the living God and in this way to give the world the answer which it needs.”
The seriousness of faith in God is shown by a commitment to man, the Pope proposed.
“We live at a time of uncertainty about what it means to be human. Ethics are being replaced by a calculation of consequences. In the face of this, we as Christians must defend the inviolable dignity of human beings from conception to death — from issues of prenatal diagnosis to the question of euthanasia,” he stated.
“Faith in God must take concrete form in a common defense of man,” the Pope said, adding that this defense also includes love.
“God will judge us on how we respond to our neighbor,” he said, and this is true not only as individuals but also as communities.
“Today,” he said, “Christian love of neighbor also calls for commitment to justice throughout the world.”