The Catholic Church Sends A Message
Pope Benedict XVI (former Cardinal Ratzinger)
“To the present day Ratzinger has shown phobias about all movements ‘from below’, whether these are student chaplaincies, groups of priests, movements of Church people, the Iglesia popular or liberation theology.” – Hans K?ng
“When John Paul II called more than two hundred religious leaders to Assisi in 1986, so that they could ‘be together and pray,’ Ratzinger assured the press that ‘this cannot be the model’ for ecumenical dialogue. He said in 1998 that the Church infallibly holds Anglican ordinations to be invalid. Jews were angered when he suggested in 1987 that true Judaism now exists only in the Catholic Church” – Gary Wills
“His life follows a narrative familiar to many Americans: he was part of an interesting, progressive group of intellectuals in the first half of his life, but he became bitter and angry after unruly students disrupted his classes and took the revolution too far in the ’60s. As he became more conservative, he turned on his old friends–attacking their work in print, banning their writings, and keeping them far away from the centers of power. He grew to love secrecy, doctrinal rigidity, and personal certainty. He does not see much common ground with other faiths and even other views of his own faith. He only sees that They Are Wrong.” – John-Paul (everthingsruined)
“October 1986: Ratzinger publishes a document titled ‘On The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.’ The letter warns of ‘deceitful propaganda’ from pro-homosexual groups. It instructs bishops not to accept groups that ‘seek to undermine the teaching of the church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely.’ The letter refers to homosexual orientation as an ‘intrinsic moral evil.’ In the wake of the letter, many Catholic bishops bar Dignity from using church facilities.” – John L. Allen Jr.
“In 1997 Ratzinger annoyed Buddhists by calling their religion an ‘autoerotic spirituality’ that offers ‘transcendence without imposing concrete religious obligations’. And Hinduism, he said, offers ‘false hope’; it guarantees ‘purification’ based on a ‘morally cruel’ concept of reincarnation resembling ‘a continuous circle of hell’. The Cardinal predicted Buddhism would replace Marxism as the Catholic Church?s main enemy this century.” – Worldbeaters 09/2000