On this feast of the Chair of St Peter, rejoice that Benedict has been like one of the great Church Fathers

On this feast of the Chair of St Peter Catholics throughout the world should rejoice that in the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI we have had the grace of being in the presence of a spiritual theologian like one of the great Church Fathers of the 4th century.

A cardinal recounts that Orthodox bishops had told him that “one of the great Church Fathers of classical Christianity” had been resurrected in Benedict XVI. They translated every word of his for their students! We had a blessed theologian in Peter’s Chair.’

Some prayers for the feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that no tempests may disturb us,
for you have set us fast
on the rock of the Apostle Peter’s confession of faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

O God, Who by delivering to Thy blessed Apostle Peter
the keys of the kingdom of Heaven,
didst confer upon him the pontifical power of binding and of loosing,
grant that, by the help of his intercession,
we may be delivered from the bonds of our sins.
Who livest and reignest with Thee,
One God, world without end.


4 comments to On this feast of the Chair of St Peter, rejoice that Benedict has been like one of the great Church Fathers

  • Wake up England

    Well let us pray that we get a new Pope who will be able to deal with the breakers ahead.

  • Louis Coulson

    Dear Deacon Nick,

    Can you tell me anything about the ‘Traditio Fathers’ on Traditio.com?
    They are publishing terrible things about the Holy Father at the moment. Are they genuine??


  • Fr Francis Coveney

    Yesterday our local newspaper published this tribute to Pope Benedict from Rev Robert Hampson, a local vicar:

    “I first came across Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) 30 years ago while staying in a monastery. Here were people who had met him and spoke of him as the most intelligent and brilliant theologian in the Catholic Church.

    I started reading his books and found him a truly remarkable thinker and Christian leader. I found him very well read on all scriptural subjects, and consider him a major influence on my life. I believe he has been a force for good and as a Protestant greatly value the leadership he has given to the church, particularly as other Christian leaders have compromised themselves often out of weakness and a desire to please.”

    Sometimes it takes an outsider to see things so clearly.

  • buckle

    I listened to the Pope’s recent talk to the clergy of Rome on the subject of the Vatican II. I remain confused by his analysis. The flaw of the Church’s thinking these last 50 years has been the inability to grasp the paradigm shift which occurred after 1945 in the realms of politics, economics and international relations in general namely the emergence of the USA as a superpower. I saw no evidence from the Pope that he understood this other than a vague reference to the Americans joining in sometime after the “grownups” had planned the schema for the Council in 1962. I suspect that the “virtual” Council might have been a vague reference to if not a mild criticism of American clerics but there was a lack of clarity from Benedict on the issue.

    My own suspicion is that there were American theologians (and one famous Irishman) who enjoyed links with outside media agencies and alarmingly through them national intelligence agencies. The motive of these priests is confusing but I am not convinced the Pope has real any understanding of this other than the Council started to breakdown very rapidly and the media had played a part in it in an unspecified way.

    The motive of the intelligence agencies was clear in that they wanted a Catholic Church, in the case of the USA, to assist in the implementation of the “American Century” as formulated by the CIA. The Americans were not the only people placing demands on the Council, there was the new state of Israel and this is where our Irish friend Fr. Malachi Martin S.J. comes in …

    The impression I have listening to the Pope last week was of a man way out of his depth in this environment and who simply couldn’t understand the irrelevancy of Europe in 1962 in that it only existed as a buffer zone or satellite for the American empire and its related projects notably its increasing alignment with Israel. He seemed to be living in a World that no longer existed and hasn’t existed since 1942 when Germany lost the Battle of Stalingrad and thus closed the chapter on Europe as the centre of World power. Suez in 1956 was the epilogue but the real collapse started in the outskirts of Volgograd.

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