Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Stephanie Zawada

2/25/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

His restoration of the treasure that is the Latin Mass and more accurate revision of the Novus Ordo are yielding progress on the Catholic front that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

"If I have seen further," Sir Isaac Newton wrote, "it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." A look back on Pope Benedict XVI's crusade against relativism reveals the legacy of his short pontificate to be no fleeting scene in the drama of our times. Amongst the many theological treasures he has bestowed upon the faithful, Benedict's crowning achievement is the restoration of order to the liturgy, equipping his 21st century knights with the graces necessary for Western Civilization's last stand.

Pope Benedict XVI elevates the Consecrated Host at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Pope Benedict XVI elevates the Consecrated Host at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Highlights

By Stephanie Zawada

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/25/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Pope, Benedict XVI, Liturgy, Latin Mass, Novus Ordo Mass, Vatican II


TUCSON, AZ (Catholic Online) - "The Church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning," stated then-Father Ratzinger in a 1969 Hessian Rundfunk radio speech. "Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then, they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret."

Fast forward to last Sunday's Angelus ceremony, during which His Holiness stated, "The time of testing is here." With the promulgation of the HHS mandate and the promotion of same-sex partnerships in the U.S., economic and reproductive freefall in Europe, and the formation of a united, militant Islamic Middle East, the Pope's forecast is clear: Catholics today are embarking on a journey of persecution. 

Benedict began his Episcopal career grounded in the belief that a smaller, holier Church was in the works. And now, with his papal resignation, Benedict's shining light as the North Star uniting the galaxies of moral and dogmatic theology has finally dimmed. As Catholics around the world witness the supernova of his pontificate, the elements of a structured and unified liturgical realm will ultimately nurture the growth of a new constellation of Catholic leaders, the young men and women who matured during his pontificate: Generation Benedict XVI.

In the U.S. alone, the past forty years have witnessed Catholics turning their backs on their spiritual home of Rome, with reports by the Guttmacher Institute stating over 60% of women reject Church teachings on birth control and the Public Religion Research Institute finding that only 38% of Catholics attend weekly Mass. Top those numbers off with the lack of Catholicity exhibited by self-identified Catholic politicians and the question then arises, "If the Church is the true Faith, just why have so many of Her members run away?" Examining the situation from a secular, sociological point of view, the most fitting answer would seem to be that the Church is not with the times.

However, delving through the Summa Theologica and CCC, it is clear that the answer is supernatural: there has been a lack of sanctifying grace in the world, a rejection of the sacraments. 

In his autobiography, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, then-Cardinal Ratzinger reflected upon changes in the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council, "The old building was demolished, and another was built.this has caused us enormous harm.I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy." Having built the foundation of his theological vision on the timelessness of the Church and Her teachings, Cardinal Ratzinger was the papal candidate most capable of arming the Church Militant for the coming struggle. "In the inferno that swallowed up the powerful," then-Ratzinger recalled about the years of Nazi Occupation, "[the Church] had stood firm with a force coming to her from eternity." 

 At 85-years-old, the 265th successor of St. Peter could have labored more in the natural realm, spending his time globetrotting, as his predecessor did, but this pope, in his special wisdom, knew to fight fire with fire. We've witnessed Benedict XVI fighting a supernatural crisis in the only logical way possible: with supernatural means. 

While many believed Pope Benedict to be an interim pontiff, he proved them wrong. Pope Benedict XVI has left his stamp on the Church outside the realm of time, outside the physical world. His restoration of the treasure that is the Latin Mass and more accurate revision of the Novus Ordo are yielding progress on the Catholic front that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Benedict XVI's legacy is the liberation of the liturgy, existing only in the hidden, spiritual realm as of now, with graces he has opened up from Heaven, sewing in silence.

Deo Gratias.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Americas

Mexican gun battle ends with 43 shot to death Watch

Image of The New Generation Cartel has killed more than two dozen police and soldiers since March.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A three-hour gun battle between government forces and a drug cartel at a ranch in the western Mexican state of Michoacan has ended with 43 shot and killed. Suspected gang members and police began a massive standoff. According to authorities, only one of the dead ... continue reading


Castro so impressed with Pope Francis he may 'go back to the church' Watch

Image of The pontiff

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis at the Vatican this past weekend for his work establishing a new Cuban-U.S. detente. Castro, known for his harsh treatment of dissidents - that has brought condemnation from the Vatican - said he was considering ... continue reading


Chile volcano erupts for third time, experts warn it may happen again Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After about half a century without any activity, the Calbuco volcano located in South Chile erupted last Thursday, a week after it signified its life with a roar. According to reports it released a large volume of smoke described as a "towering act" by Yahoo! News. ... continue reading


Long-lost tomb of Teotihuacan's first king may be closer with exciting new discovery Watch

Image of Because of the potential supernatural significance of liquid mercury in ancient ritual, Gomez hopes to find the elusive last resting place of a king.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Mexican archaeologist hunting for a long lost royal tomb in the bowels of Teotihuacan has made an exciting discovery. Sergio Gomez has found "large quantities" of liquid mercury in a chamber at the end of a sacred tunnel sealed for nearly 1,800 years. LOS ... continue reading


First U.S. Hispanic Saint: Pope Francis to canonize Junipero Serra during U.S. visit Watch

Image of Father Junipero Serra's canonization will

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis and the Vatican have announced plans to canonize the Blessed Junipero Serra during the Pope's visit to the United States on September 23. Serra will become the United States' first Hispanic saint. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Often times, the ... continue reading


Canadian couple takes to amazing floating fortress to get away from it all Watch

Image of Located off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, Freedom Cove was built in 1992. The couple, who have two children, live in the home year round.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Wayne Adams and Catherine King  are an unconventional Canadian couple who have forsaken the bustle of city life with their floating fortress that they've named "Freedom Cove." Off the grid and self-sustaining, the pink and green floating home is a welcome respite ... continue reading


New species of prehistoric 'terror bird' found in Argentina Watch

Image of Researchers say that the Llallawavis likely lived around 3.5 million years ago, near the end of terror birds' reign. It stood about four feet tall and weighed about 40 pounds.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Birds, it is commonly believed, evolved from dinosaurs. However, between now and then, some horrific, carnivorous birds ruled the prehistoric world with an iron claw. A new species of "terror bird" has been uncovered in Argentina; paleontologists are gaining ... continue reading


Dozens of mummies uncovered in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley Watch

Image of Finding the reasons behind the selective destruction of the mummies and artifacts is a challenge.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tombs, containing at least 40 mummies each have been discovered in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley. Archaeologists say that at least 171 mummies have been unearthed at the 1,200-year-old ceremonial site. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Located on small hills ... continue reading


Underground tunnel between U.S. and Mexico found hidden in wardrobe Watch

Image of When soldiers raided the property, they also reportedly seized 44 pounds of marijuana and a truck being used by the racket to move the excavated earth.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An average wooden wardrobe near San Diego served a far more sinister purpose. Concealed within its doors was a small trapdoor that led to a secret underground passageway stretching some 500 feet towards the U.S. border. The Mexican military uncovered the ... continue reading


Rare video shows 'successful' exorcism on woman 'possessed by devil' Watch

Image of Laura was described by locals as

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 22-year-old woman, only identified as Laura, was reportedly a good girl before the devil turned her bad, according to Argentina locals. In this disturbing footage, Laura is seen writhing in pain, screaming as Bishop Manuel Acuna performs an exorcism on her. LOS ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 17:19-27
19 Their actions are all as plain as the sun to him, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
1 [Of David Poem] How blessed are those whose offence ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 10:17-27
17 He was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 25th, 2015 Image

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
May 25: It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter