Recently Pope Benedict penned a short piece for a future re-printing of Card. Sarah’s splendid book on silence.
Predictably, the liberal hate machine has lashed out at Benedict, just as they lashed out at Card. Sarah last year when he suggested that priests should say Mass ad orientem.
For example, ultra-liberal liturgist Andrea Grillo spewed bile in the direction of Benedict XVI, while splashing dreck on Card. Sarah.
Grillo provides a great example of the best talent of true liberal ideologues: They hate like no one else… especially when they are scared.
This comes via Cittadellaeditrice.com in my fast and admittedly odd translation. Grillo is one of those stereotypical Italian pinheaded scholastics who is ensorceled by the magic of his own purple-patch prose:
If I were Card. Sarah, I’d be worried. [Hang on to that idea, given at the top, because it connects to the end.] This isn’t the first time that it has happened that J. Ratzinger wrote a foreword or afterword for questionable books or authors. I recall, for example, the preface for little-to-be-recommended Alcuin Reid, whose theories and whose person have raised scientific and ecclesial perplexities across half the world, and that instead Ratzinger tried to recommend as if he were an authority. Also in this case the words that press agencies are reporting are enough to indicate a real and true car crash. It’s as if Ratzinger had, all of a sudden, resigned his resignation and wanted to influence the decisions of his successor. Let’s see if we can adequately point out the delicate and inappropriate aspects of this intrusion (It. intervento can mean a range of things, but given Grillo’s acid, this works best).
- Sarah has shown, for years, a significant inadequacy and incompetence in the field of liturgy. His eccentric theories and his rigidity are impeding the work of the Congregation to carry out its ordinary work.
- We know also that the choice of Sarah was made by Pope Francis by listening to the opinion of his predecessor. For this reason the praise that the predecessor gives to the successor rings a little strange on a point about which he contributed to cause this failure. [No no… Grillo’s tortured Italian isn’t verbose. No. Not at all. My heavens how he is full of himself!]
- [… There’s more like this, but that suffices….]
Beyond the institutional questions, there remains only one consideration which regards the res liturgica. And here it is necessary to observe, as always, that the praise of the incompetent renders the praise incompetent. [” l’elogio dell’incompetente rende incompetente l’elogio” … this is double-edged. Is this an objective genitive? It could be that Grillo is calling Benedict the incompetent one, not Sarah.] The liturgy must be entrusted to “truly good hands”. They, if God wishes, can be defined and determined without the obsession to want to impose on the Church a “Reform of the Reform”. [This is what terrifies these lib hacks.] For this, Card. Sarah is completely inadequate. Even if he is recommended by the Bishop Emeritus of Rome.
This piece by Grillo reveals how nervous liturgical libs are.
He’s so very afraid that even a little old nonagenarian locked up in the back of the Vatican gardens set him off on a spittle-flecked nutty.
Perhaps he should take to heart what Benedict wrote about Card. Sarah’s book:
It is better to keep silence and be Christians than to talk and not to be.
Summorum Pontificum is working. Men like Sarah have the goods on guys like Grillo, not the other way around. Sarah’s book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, and Benedict’s praise have worked like the sprinkling of Holy Water on a demon infested basement.
Lastly, pieces like this demonstrate fully why you, dear reader, should buy copies of Card. Sarah’s book and make sure that every priest you know has one.