Reflection on Pope Benedict 16's agenda for "reform of the reform" (DV this file will be updated to include many more articles....soon)
Benedict and his supporters have a hit list that includes the following items:
No more Communion under both kinds
No more Communion on the hand.
No more Communion while standing. Must kneel
No more special ministers of Communion
No more lay people - especially women - doing anything on the sanctuary
No more altar girls
No more permanent deacons
Mass to be said in Latin according to the old
rite, the priest not facing the people
Strict Vatican control of all Catholic organizations - especially universities
Vatican control of all appointments - including bishops
Censorship of all Catholic publications and websites
Vatican control = European control of the
Ecumenism means "Catholics are right,
everyone else is wrong".
The recent controversy about a new English
translation of the Mass is all about control, not about liturgy.
Does Jesus want us to go back to the old Latin
What can we do? see http://www.jesustower.com/Thinktank/nextpope.htm
footnote re China:
Vatican & Beijing: failure to communicate
Benedict's 2007 letter put the relationship car in reverse.....it was too strong. It was the beginning of a down-turn in relations.
It caused government to call a hastily arranged meeting of Chinese bishops for a "toe the line" session.
I remember asking one experienced China hand what he thought of the letter on the day it was published. His one sound re-action: "Yuck".
The full letter + follow-up letter to try to justify/explain the letter (Matteo Ricci would never have written letters like these!).
Benedict's hard-line approach to everyone and everything has alienated not just Catholics, but Protestants, Muslims, Chinese Governmemnt etc