Re: [orthodox-synod] Cardinal Ratzinger
Yes, you are right. How can a Mother also be a sister. Well, maybe in this
age of genetic engineering all things are possible. But are all things
At least it is an answer to Fr. Florovsky's wish that the various sides of
the debate become absolutely clear about what they believe. This for me is a
breath of fresh air. At this poit real differences can be discussed instead
of the usual amorphous nonsense that is passed of as "fraternal love".
Now the Latins may be starting to say what the Orthodox have been saying all
along. Perhaps this is end beginning of the end of JPII.
Sunday's paper (The Columbus Dispatch, which wouldn't make this up!) said
Cardinal Ratzinger believes the Roman Church is "the Mother of Churches,"
that neither the Orthodox nor the Protestants are "sister churches."
We can at least agree on that last part. The Roman Church is not and cannot
be a "sister church" to any other. It's that Mother part that worries one.
Can it be the cardinal has never read Acts 11:26?
How then is Rome the Mother?
How can the cardinal make such statements, unless they are, in fact, the
exact opinion of the present pope. This, notwithstanding the "two lungs"
theory he has developed, and some "Orthodox" repeat.
It is my judgement that Cardinal Ratzinger merely mouths exactly what the
Roman Church has always believed about itself. That he makes these
statements in apparent contradistinction to the present pope, and does so as
an official of the Vatican, should be a sign to us all.
Father Andrew L. J. James
- Well, isn't that special, as the Church lady used dto say!
The papers said he included the Orthodox. It doesn't matter. If he did, he
did. Though, to be sure, if he did, he is flying in the face of what the
pope (seems) to teach.
I, frankly, don't trust them. We've had too much experience with their
closed system to ever think they mean what they say.
- In a message dated 00-09-05 13:55:54 EDT, you write:
>>Maybe, but may it not also be Ratzinger's first shot at becoming pope? Would
he dare?! Those who campaign for the office generally lose. Certainly, if
Ratzinger's words are quoted accurately, they reflect that old, closed,
authoritarian Roman system we (who ae of "maturer experience, " i.e.,
"old"!) remember so well.