Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cardinal Ratzinger on his conscience


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According to an Austrian priest close to Ratzinger, two things weighed on Pope Benedict's conscience while he was a cardinal: 

  • One was his mishandling of the Message of Fatima, i.e. the Third Secret, on 26 June 2000. Ratzinger allegedly said "my hand was forced";
  • The other was his 1988 mishandling of Archbishop Lefebvre, prior to the latter's excommunication. Ratzinger is reported to have said that in the case of Lefebvre, "I failed".

Note: Bishop Williamson, formerly of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), related this story.

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