excerpt from Die Tagespost editor-in-chief interview of Georg Gänswein
Guido Horst: So, Pope Benedict’s lifting of restrictions on celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite according to the 1962 Missal did not last as long as he intended. As Pope Emeritus, he was around to see the promulgation of Pope Francis’ motu proprio - Traditionis Custodes. Was he disappointed?
Georg Gänswein: It hit him pretty hard. I believe it broke Pope Benedict’s heart to read the new motu proprio, because his intention had been to help those who simply found a home in the old Mass —to find inner peace, to find liturgical peace—in order to draw them away from Lefebvre. And if you think about how many centuries the old Mass was the source of spiritual life and nourishment for many people including many saints, it’s impossible to imagine that it no longer has anything to offer. And let’s not forget that many young people who were born long after Vatican II and really don't understand all the drama surrounding the Council—that these young people, knowing the new Mass, have nevertheless found a spiritual home, a spiritual treasure in the old Mass as well. To take this treasure away from people … well, I can’t say that I’m comfortable with that.
At the same time Benedict XVI was drawing Catholics away from late Abp. Marcel Lefebvre’s FSSPX (which saved the Traditional Latin Mass), he was rewriting one of the oldest prayers of the Church which was prayed during Holy Week with the logic that praying for the conversion of Jews was, “to truly wound the Jews”. Benedict XVI changed this prayer at the behest of the chief rabbis of Israel (1, 2, 3). How subversive to promote the ‘smells and bells’ of the Traditional Latin Mass while at the same time gutting it per the orders of the rabbis. Benedict XVI was nothing other than a snake.
Fr. Joseph Ratzinger at the Second Vatican Council in a coat and tie. Perceived as a modernist before & during Vatican II and in his later life as a conservative upholder of all things Catholic was truly one of this snake's greatest tricks for he remained unchanged, he was a modernist.
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