Friday, October 16, 2009

Why I literally cheered when this man was elected Pope
After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the Pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an Ecumenical Council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West. In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the Pope as an absolute monarch. On the contrary, it presented him as the guarantor of obedience to the revealed Word. The Pope’s authority is bound to the Tradition of faith...
— Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 2000

Photo: Er war superstar, er war populaire, er war so exaltiert because er hatte flair.

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