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PAPAL STATEMENTS

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This Post first appeared on 27th September, 2013 Recent events have made it even more relevant.

One thing is undeniable about Pope Francis, he has caused Catholics to look again, and carefully think through, their attitudes to Papal statements and actions.

We are not talking about Magisterial statements here, but routine expressions of opinion.

Admittedly there were not so many of these from Popes in recent decades , and when they came, they were usually only incidental to some major considered formal statement, letter or homily.But the recent , now famous at least, interview given by the Holy Father, has produced a torrent of his "off the cuff" remarks, many of which are very far from Magisterial teaching and entering into the area of statements of fact.Some have come to question a significant part of those "facts" - and those doing the questioning are those normally considered ultramontane - absolutely committed to the Pope in everything.

The point at i…

IT IS THE LORD

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    Pope Benedict XVI kneels before the Blessed Sacrament

IT IS THE LORD ! (John 21:7)

At the heart of the Catholic Faith is the greatest treasure imaginable: the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We can truly exclaim , with Saint John "It is the Lord!"

Is it any wonder that through the last 2,000 years the Catholic Church, reflecting on , and endeavouring to come to terms with, this great miracle as best she could under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, had developed a Liturgy that sought to bring every ounce of honour possible to the Presence of God among us?

This process was entirely natural and organic, that is to say, the growth was consistent with every previous stage, whilst developing it further. It could not be otherwise because it stemmed from authentic faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Eucharist.For who would seek to diminish the honour given to God amongst us by his forebears?

And yet......and yet....in latter days, only in the…