“My Darling Little Heretic…”


(With kudos to EF Pastor Emeritus)

Posted on May 4, 2013, in Catholicism, Dissent, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. radjalemagnifique

    Very witty adaptation of a wonderful text of Ademar de Barros, a Brazilian poet. I would like to reproduce it here (tranlated into French, you surely have one or two French readers) as this text has been a great help for me each time I was in big trouble.

    Radja le Magnifique

    Dans la nuit de Noël, j’ai eu un songe.
    J’ai rêvé que je cheminais sur la plage en compagnie du Seigneur.
    Et que, dans la toile de ma vie,
    Se réfléchissaient tous les jours de ma vie.
    J’ai regardé en arrière et j’ai vu qu’à ce jour
    Où passait le film de ma vie
    Surgissaient des traces sur le sable : l’une était la mienne et l’autre,
    Celle du Seigneur.
    Ainsi nous continuions à marcher
    Jusqu’à ce que tous les jours fussent achevés.
    Alors je me suis arrêté et j’ai regardé en arrière.
    J’ai trouvé alors qu’en certains endroits
    Il y avait seulement une empreinte de pieds
    Et ces lieux coïncidaient justement avec les jours
    Les plus difficiles de ma vie, les jours de plus grande angoisse
    Et de plus grande peur et de plus grande douleur.
    J’ai donc interrogé :
    « Seigneur, tu as dit que tu étais avec moi tous les jours de ma vie
    Et j’ai accepté de vivre avec toi.
    Mais pourquoi m’as-tu laissé seul dans les pires moments de ma vie ? »
    Et le Seigneur répondit :
    « Mon fils, je t’aime.
    J’ai dit que je serai avec toi durant toute la promenade
    Et que je ne te laisserais pas une seule minute, et je ne t’ai pas abandonné :
    Les jours où tu as vu à peine une trace sur le sable
    Furent les jours où je t’ai porté. »

    Ademar de Barros
    Poète brésilien

  2. “Threw him back into the ocean?’ I thought there was only one baptism for the remission of sin!

  3. radjalemagnifique

    I think there’s nothing funny with this text, nor any second or third meaning. It’s just plain evidence concerning one of the most influent (unfortunately German – as I am) Catholic cleric. I admire the person who has composed this very sad “satire”. No doubt his soul or heart is bleeding (but he also has the lucidity and the Faith which console him).

    All this is not a Vatican II result (sorry, Mundabor) because I remember very well that from the 1950′ s on, Germany has had a few, but very influent clerics – as had France – who were more ready to spread the “Théologie de la libération” (marxist values = materialistic values without Christ) than the Gospels (often Jesuits). The “Arbeiterpriester”, or “prêtres ouvriers” have never brought (back) to Church any proletarian, or may be one or two of them, to be charitable to them; instead of that they turned mostly commies themselves … So, the worm was in the fruit before Vatican II. Benedict XVI – especially as Cardinal Ratzinger – has written a lot concerning the “Théologie de la libération”, for instance to P. Leonardo Boff.

    1) Instruction. Libertatis Nuntius. Sur quelques aspects de la “Théologie de la libération”, 6 August, 1984.
    2) Notification. À propos du livre “Église charisme et pouvoir” du P. Leonardo Boff, 11 March, 1985..
    (Texts in French on Radio Vatican, but certainly existing in other languages.)

    Didn’t this same Leonardo Boff (I might be wrong) give hints to Pope Francis as to reconsider the Church’s (= the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith) position as to his “théologie de la libération”?

    Please, Mundabor, don’t ask me why Benedict XVI has not fired the whole of that vermin. I think that if he had them fired there would not have been many high (or also low) ranked clerics left in the Western world. And that’s why he deposited his Charge in order that someone in plain force could act. And I pray every day the Rosary for Benedict XVI because I’m afraid that he might not be very easy with the result of the last Conclave. (I pray at the same time for the Church.)

    Radja le Magnifique

    • Radja,

      of course the Church wasn’t perfect before. It is also clear the germs of the disease were there before V II. But reality does not work in absolutes. We can rightly identify V II as the source of all problems which today plague the Church, because the scale of the problems that have been caused by V II let the germs pale in comparison, or better said allowed them to spread.

      Pope Pius XII has left very beautiful words about his concerns in this respect. But you see, as long as he lived the situation was as much under control as a strong Pope might have it, and many dissenters were censored or otherwise silenced. I think Pope Pius XII would have never thought just a few years after his death they would become the most influential voices within the Church.

      As to Benedict XVI, I struggle to follow the logic: if Pope Benedict’s action would have meant only a few priests left, in what should Pope Francis’ action be different?

      In my eyes – and as I have written on this blog many times, before your time – there is no need to sack dozens of thousands of priests. Punish one, and you will educate one hundred. if Pope Benedict had stopped appointing utterly un-Catholic cardinals, and had kicked out a couple of dozen of the very worst, the others would have started to march like soldiers of the North Korean Armies. These are conformists and cowards, they are no heroes. When the way of least resistance is orthodoxy, they will choose orthodoxy like a man.

      Still, in order to do so there is the need of a man who really makes clear to them it’s his way or the highway. Pope Benedict had neither the strenght to do it himself, nor the guts to appoints Cardinals among which the next Pope would be picked, who would.

      The result is, alas, Pope Francis.


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