Card. Sarah has met with Benedict XVI as the haters stir “incessant, nauseating, dishonest controversy” #BOOKGATE

The new book, From The Depths Of Our Hearts, has really freaked out some people on the left, including the papalotrous.

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On my flight home the other day, I wrote:

I suspect the reaction of the papalotrous is partly due to their opposition not only to celibacy for priests but their opposition to any sort of sexual control. I can’t shake the suspicion that they think that if priestly celibacy isn’t taken down, then it will be much harder to force a change to the CCC on homosexuality. They have to break the nuptial connection of priest and Church in order to weaken the ends of marriage between one man and one woman. Communion for unrepentant adulterers was a step in the right direction when it comes to the nuptial character of Christ and the Church and the Eucharist. Now they have to bust the priesthood down too.


Here is something that had to happen.

Rendering of the three tweets together:

Because of the incessant, nauseating and dishonest controversies that haven’t stopped since the beginning of the week concerning the book ‘From The Depths Of Our Hearts’, this evening I met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

With Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI we have been able to certify how there is no misunderstanding between us. I came out very happy, full of peace and of courage from this beautiful meeting.

I call upon you to read and to meditate on “From The Depths Of Our Hearts”. I warmly thank my editor, Nicolas Diat, as well as the publisher Fayard, for the precision, probity, seriousness, and professionalism which they have shown. Have a really good read!

So, Card. Sarah met with Benedict.  It seems that Benedict wasn’t deceived.

However, those who hate the content of this book, such as the papalotrous Austen Ivereigh wrote today.

And ultra-lefty partisan for RNS, David Gibson, writes:

Okay. Gibson is supposed to be a journalist and not merely a commentator. If he is going to get legalistic, I wonder if he did any research into the question of whether or not it is a violation of the laws of the Vatican City State to slap someone.

In most places that could be assault. I suppose charges could be set aside in true cases of self-defense, of course. That’s a question worth asking. Did I miss coverage of that question?

There is soooo much speculation from these haters of the content of the Sarah/Benedict book, we may as well join them in wild speculation.

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  1. Semper Gumby says:

    It appears that modern Voltaires really hate the book’s content. Ecrasez l’infame.

  2. jaykay says:

    Indeed, SG. They really seem to love trying to suck-up to the spirit of this “best of all possible worlds”. Problem is: it still despises them.

  3. ChrisP says:

    Ha! This type of response by the left reminds me of the Dalek’s freaking out and panicking when Tom Baker (the best Doctor Who) tells them on the intergalactic web thingy that he……

    is coming to get them and they don’t have any idea how and when he will do what he does.


  4. HvonBlumenthal says:

    Fr. Z

    I hate to contradict you but surely it seems that Benedict was indeed deceived – by Gaenswein!

  5. Benedict Joseph says:

    So Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Sarah stand firm. God reward them! Another word from any degree of the “opposition” is rendered impotent. The denizens of that crew have blown their cover once again.The angrier they are only paints them desperate. They have no credence and can only be regarded as pitiful.
    The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation can now be welcomed with a lens to read it for what it is, whatever that may turn out to be.

  6. samwise says:

    Sarah would make a good friend: “greater love hath no man…”

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  8. THREEHEARTS says:

    mike hurcum writes try
    I have had trouble with the management style of one bishop who follows the business world
    instructing his chancery office, “do not tell me so I can deny it”, on certain catholic policies.

  9. robtbrown says:

    Fr Z says,
    I can’t shake the suspicion that they think that if priestly celibacy isn’t taken down, then it will be much harder to force a change to the CCC on homosexuality.

    If I might, I would like to expand that a bit. It is a part of the project to de-emphasize sexual morality, making all sexual sins venial (at worst) because they are usually sins of weakness. And that follows because they think that no sin of weakness can be mortal.

    Another side of this de-emphasis of sexual morality is the de-emphasis of procreation and motherhood

    The foundation of the misunderstanding is that they really don’t think that man is a composite substance composed of body and soul.

  10. JabbaPapa says:

    Just got my copy in the post today, original French edition — God bless Pope Benedict XVI and Robert Cardinal Sarah.

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  12. Semper Gumby says:

    jaykay: Good point. It’s possible that these certain clergy and religious (obviously joined by certain problematic laity) sense that secularists and pagans despise them, yet these people still crave the attention and approval of the “glitterati.”

    It seems that these certain clergy, to relieve inner turmoil and also to posture, lash out at faithful Catholics. Which means that certain clergy may develop into habitual bullies.

    Of course, these certain clergy cannot attack “Catholics”- that would decrease the take at the collection basket.

    Thus, “trad Catholics” (a conveniently malleable label) become the Other, the Scapegoat.

    It’s the same old story. Sure, the clothing, cultural currents, and terminology may change, but it’s the same old story. Christus Vincit.

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