Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Unpredictable power of evil

~from today's General Audience, Pope Benedict speaks about the lifting of the SSPX excommunications and the Shoah. Via Rorate Caeli
I fulfilled this act of fatherly mercy because those prelates repeatedly manifested to me their deep suffering for the situation in which they found themselves. I hope that this gesture of mine will be followed by the solicitous effort by them to accomplish the ulterior steps necessary to accomplish full communion with the Church, thus testifying true fidelity and true recognition of the Magisterium and of the authority of the Pope and of the Second Vatican Council.

While I renew with affection the expression of my full and unquestionable solidarity with our brothers receivers of the First Covenant, I hope that the memory of the Shoah leads mankind to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the heart of man. May the Shoah be for all a warning against forgetfulness, against denial or reductionism, because the violence against a single human being is violence against all. No man is an island, a famous poet write. The Shoah particularly teaches, both old an the new generations, that only the tiresome path of listening and dialogue, of love and of forgiveness lead the peoples, the cultures, and the religions of the world to the hoped-for goal of fraternity and peace in truth. May violence never again crush the dignity of man!
We are in the state of forgetfulness. Anyone who's debated abortion easily sees the reductionism that is the basis for the arguments for abortion. The appeal to unfettered autonomy is what all the debates devolve into, as though freedom has no claim on discipline or restraint.

3 comments:

Cookie said...

Abortion, yes, and also a very clever poke at Bp Williamson. Our Pope is such a subtle, gifted speaker!

Argent said...

Yes, it was a subtle poke. I see that Bp. Williamson has apologized. I'm trying to tune out all the noise on both sides and just keep praying. "That all may be one" is at work...the Holy Spirit blowing. Can we see it?

Dan Hunter said...

Let us indeed pray for all of the rehabilitated Bishops of the FSSPX.

They, like us, are tainted with the stain of original sin, and are therefore very prone to falling.

The Holy Father fully realizes that this historic moment is a time for unity amongst Catholics, and not a time to "poke" at other members of the Church Militant.

Bishop Williamson has been duly admonished by his superior, and we pray for his soul.

Let us always remember the Words of our Lord in John, Chapter 17, vs 11:
"Holy Father, keep them in Thy name whom Thou hast given Me; that they may be one, as we also are."