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The Right's Assault on Benedict XVI

By Matt Abbott

Not surprisingly, Catholic and secular liberals have been expressing their disappointment - or downright dismay - at the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. Numerous articles and commentaries have attested to this.

Also not surprisingly, Catholic radical traditionalists have been doing the same. Consider the following examples.

"Fr. Moderator" ( "The important thing to remember is that Ratzinger is not a friend of the Traditional Catholic Movement. Sure, he'll drop a few crumbs in that direction, but he's a dyed-in-the-wool proponent of the New Order. It's clear that Ratzinger is a crafty Modernist, who will urge the Novus Ordinarians, with perhaps more subtlety than the late pope, to participate in the cult of 'modern man' in the Church of the New Order. And don't you forget it!"

Fr. Francesco Ricossa ( "But let us not pin all of the blame on Ratzinger, for he is merely a faithful interpreter of Vatican II, as is Karol Wojtyla. This latter individual is the alien body who must be expelled from the Church, the spouse of Christ, and whom the forces of sanity in the Church will undoubtedly reject. As for us, we wish to belong to the Catholic Church and not to the heterodox phantom church of unity through diversity, cooked up by Oscar Cullmann and his heterodox disciple Joseph Ratzinger."

Bishop Donald Sanborn ( "We have already seen that the doctrine of [John Paul II], expounded by Vatican II and developed by Ratzinger, is nothing less than a declaration that he is in the same church as schismatics and heretics. This is an explicit declaration of self-alienation from the Catholic Church, of public defection from the Faith. For he has declared himself to be united to bodies of schismatics and heretics which do not profess the Catholic Faith, which profession is one of the criteria of incorporation into the Mystical Body of Christ. By the standards of the Catholic Church, he has publicly declared himself to be outside the Catholic Church. We pray God that we live to see the day when Wojtyla's defection from the Faith and from the Roman Catholic Church will be legally recognized and declared."

Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey ( "Pray for Pope Benedict XVI, our spiritual father. His Holiness has already reaffirmed the path of ecumenism that has violated the teaching of all previous popes, as expressed particularly in Pope Pius XI's Mortalium Animos, and his desire to implement the 'reforms' of Vatican II 'in continuity with the 2,000 year tradition of the Church,' meaning that our time in the liturgical and doctrinal catacombs has not yet come to an end. We must continue to point out that the immutable teaching of Our Lord has been undermined, not supported or promoted, by the pastoral and liturgical novelties and innovations of the past forty-seven years."

It should be noted that "Fr. Moderator," Ricossa and Sanborn are full-fledged schismatics; they're not in communion with Rome. Of course, they believe Rome is no longer Catholic.



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