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still more scenes from a marriage

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 04, 2008

[In his homily at the beginning of the conclave, Cardinal Ratzinger] spoke of the church as a "little boat of Christian thought" tossed around on waves of "extreme" modern tendencies. And he spoke of the world as a "dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain." It was all reminiscent for me of another time and place, when one of his illustrious predecessors, the more-than-somewhat reactionary Pius IX, actually condemned all modern progress in the Syllabus of Errors published in the late 19th century. This even included the church's condemnation of electricity as evil! No, I am not kidding! [Fr. John Loftus, S.J., homily at Jesuit Urban Center, Boston, 5-14-05]

The Society of Jesus has always been in communion with the Holy Father and we are happy to be so. Between spouses there are always difficulties ... Only people who love each other can hurt each other. -- V. Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

"[Pope John Paul II] is kind of a conflicted individual," said the Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J., a professor of historical theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, Mass. "Deep, deep, deep down, his heart is in the right place, but he's caught in his own conservative culture," said O'Malley, who has written about what he calls the "papalization" of Catholicism -- namely, the trend in the past two centuries to view the papacy as the defining characteristic of Catholicism. [David Gibson, New Jersey Star Ledger, 5-2-01]

The Society of Jesus has always been in communion with the Holy Father and we are happy to be so. Between spouses there are always difficulties ... Only people who love each other can hurt each other. -- V. Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

The pope's speech, [Fr. John Paris, S.J.] said, is "causing mischief" and being interpreted with too much alarm by those who aren't Catholic. "The problem is that non-Catholics think when the pope says 'Jump,' we all say, 'How high?' " he said. [St. Petersburg Times, 5-1-04]

The Society of Jesus has always been in communion with the Holy Father and we are happy to be so. Between spouses there are always difficulties ... Only people who love each other can hurt each other. -- V. Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

Like many Jesuits down the centuries, Barrett made no attempt to disguise his chafing at the Vatican's hierarchical politics and social conservatism -- going so far as to declare on the day of the attempted assassination of the Pope, in a bellow that filled a London restaurant, that "the only thing wrong with that bloody Turk was that he couldn't shoot straight". The religious affairs correspondent of The Sunday Times, seated at a nearby table, turned beetroot. [Times of London, 1-15-04]

The Society of Jesus has always been in communion with the Holy Father and we are happy to be so. Between spouses there are always difficulties ... Only people who love each other can hurt each other. -- V. Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2008 4:41 PM ET USA

    Marriage is a union of equals, but some of us are more equal than others-Animal Farm.The Pope represents Christ. The Church is His Bride.The Jesuits are united in one flesh with the Church under God.But a body can have only one head.The man is designated as that head.The man(Christ-Pope) is designated as that authoritative head.The Church has feminine designation.A wife is to be subservient to her husband.The Jesuits(wife) are to be subservient to the Pope(Christ).The pictures are reversed,why?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 05, 2008 12:29 PM ET USA

    Father Loftus also had the homosexual rainbow flag hanging from the ceiling over the altar of the Jusuit Urban Center. When I asked him about it, he said he wanted to show that gays were welcome there. In any event he said that the rainbow flag was carried in the Pope's procession when John Paul II visited Paris a few years ago.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 05, 2008 7:51 AM ET USA

    He is referring to a document of the Holy Office under Pius IX entitled "The Misuse of Magnetism" (not electricity) condemning the false use of magnetism by charlatans who were using it to explain unnatural effects and claiming they had discovered the principle of foretelling and divining. The Holy Office was directing people back to the legitimate study of the science. The document has been misquoted ever since by the enemies of the Church. Sadly this includes Fr John Loftus SJ.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 04, 2008 11:35 PM ET USA

    I looked at the Syllabus Fr Loftus mentions. No mention of electricity. Error #80 does say "The Roman Pontiff can, and ought to, reconcile himself, and come to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization." Maybe that's what he's talking about? Does anyone know what Fr. Loftus is referencing?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 04, 2008 10:03 PM ET USA

    "Take my wife -- please." -- Henny Youngman

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