Timeo Danaos Et Dona Ferentes
“I fear the Greeks, even when they bear gifts” is the literal translation of the brilliant Virgil’s verse.
In our case, the Trojan Horse we must pay attention to is the allegedly ventilated canonisation of Pope Pius XII.
Having read about Padre Pio’s hours-long vision of our beloved Pastor Angelicus in heaven the day that great Pope died, I would not be among those who cry scandal and heresy if such a decision were to be taken. Canonisations are infallible anyway, so one has to either believe the Sea is vacant or believe they are true.
I would, in fact, be overjoyed; not because of the news that Pius XII is in heaven – Padre Pio had no doubts, and this is good enough for me every day of the week – but because of the obvious repercussions within the Church. At first sight, this appears a great gift made to conservative Catholics and, clearly, to us Traditionalists.
On the other hand, I offer the following reflections:
I fear an homosexuality-condoning, liturgy-massacring, heresy-flirting, sodomite-buddying, humbleness-professing, canon-law trampling Jesuit even when he bears gifts. Actually, I fear him particularly when he bears gift.
You can call it mistrust if you want to. I call it life experience, and sound reasoning.
I also wonder whether this rumour has not been started – by the Bishop of Rome, or someone near to him – to persuade the growing phalanx of well awake Catholics to tone done the criticism a bit. If you behave, Uncle Jorge will give you a chocolate cookie. If not… He will have to get rid of Summorum Pontificum, and it will be all your fault, you naughty boys…
Thirdly, I wonder whether this might not be the novocaine the dentist gives to the patient before he starts to get to work in earnest. Imagine a total or substantial killing of Summorum Pontificum coupled with the announcement of the canonisation.
What now, skipper?
Anyway, relata refero. It might be all rubbish, or it might be the Bishop is thinking of a Beatification.
We will have to wait and see how this pans out.
In the meantime, I will continue to fear the Greeks.