“The light in the darkness”, a book by Aldo Maria Valli of Benedict XVI

"THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS", A BOOK OF ALDO MARIA VALLEYS OF BENEDICT XVI

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Valli knows that this pope is legitimate and as such is a master of the truth of faith, but he also knows that not every Pope is a teacher, example and moral costumes model and in particular in leading the Church. No Pope has taught the Church's heresy. But a Pope, by its negligence or for its recklessness, evil can rule the Church.

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John Cavalcoli, o.p.

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The Vatican TG1 Aldo Maria Valli, author of the book A glance into the night- Recalling Benedict XVI [cf. WHO]

The well-known Vatican Aldo Maria Valli for some time now it is following with the utmost attention to the behavior of the present Pope, as part of its work and above, in reference to its Catholic beliefs, He knows well and highly estimated the guide itself a Pope, except accidents, exercise and must exercise over the Church, secondo il comando di Cristo «Pasci i miei agnelli» [GV 21,16].

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His interest in this important topic, which today fascinates and divides among them many Catholics, It not enclosed within the limits of his professional work. Even Pope Francis, the beginning attracts the admiration and hopes of Valli, who will dedicate some publications. Sennonché, He at one point of Francis' pontificate begins, with other Catholics, to remain perplexed in its doctrinal and moral convictions as a Catholic, before certain attitudes, choices and the Pope's speeches, appearing squeak by those beliefs.

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There is at play a certain traditionalism which remains attached to the past. Valli has nothing to do with this area of ​​Catholicism, certainly not devoid of positive aspects, but it is a progressive, who he had previously publicly expressed admiration for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini. So recriminations Lefebvrist do no hold on him. The other part, Valli not even side with the prevailing modernism, which it is self-appointed "progressive", to conceal the false conciliar renewal he trumpeted.

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For Valli is only a matter of truth. And the truth of faith, God's Word, the dogma does not pass. This is where the progressivism of Valli, completely healthy and legitimate, It is distinguished from the false modernist progressivism, historicist and relativistic. True progress, indeed, is the clarification and development of what is to be kept unchanged and unaffected. The rest, Ratzinger himself was famously in the work of the council among progressive theologians; and that he has always remained. But, at a certain point, he noticed the false progressivism rahneriano, which it was actually modernism.

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For Valli, therefore, being progressive does not mean going to put up with a revolutionary hangover on the model of the famous "challenge" of 1968 [cf. Massimo Introvigne, The other 1968. The birth of organized dissent in the Catholic Church, WHO]. For him, the Pope is Peter, the firm rock, which you can trust and on which you can safely position to build a solid building resistant to storms [cf. Mt 16:13-20]. Valli is a progressive person who maintains the lucid reason and knows that progress is progress of those absolute values ​​or "non-negotiable", that should be stored, and that the constructive change is the improvement of the immutable. It is a progressive, not a modernist.

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Valli then knows that the word of any Pope It can surprise with its novelty; can participate in the paradox of the Gospel; but can not be irrational; It is not a slippery slope or a movable sand, nella quale si sprofonda per essere sepolti dal fango. Pietro ha certo le sue debolezze, is a sinner like all of us, but it is the teacher of truth, the custodian of the deposit, the teacher of the Word "does not pass".

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Valli knows that this pope is legitimate and as such is a master of the truth of faith, but he also knows that not every Pope is a teacher, example and moral costumes model and in particular in leading the Church. No Pope has taught the Church's heresy. But a Pope, by its negligence or for its recklessness, evil can rule the Church.

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It happened so Valli having to change his opinion in the transition from Pope Benedict to Pope Francis. If up to Benedict Valli felt compelled to support the full line of a truly reformist Pope, mild pastor of the Church, bravest of modernistic errors enemy, wise teacher of truth, lover of the sacred in the liturgy, opponent of world forces that want to put an end to the Church, ie Islamism, Communism and Freemasonry, innovator of apologetics, and then the activity missionary, with shed light on the relationship between reason faith, prudent and zealous advocate of ecumenical dialogue, opened at the entrance of non-Catholics in the Roman Church - see the conversion of Anglicans - [cf. WHO and WHO], alieno dall’immischiare il Papato nella politica, but attentive to the duties of lay Catholics in politics. Now that Pope Francis has blocked almost all wise initiatives that Benedict was carrying out, Valli was right not bring himself to fully support a pastor who seems to talk to the wolves rather than sheep.

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What is making Francis?

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From what Francis is doing, We have the distinct impression that he wants to make the revolutionary compared to what they did the previous Popes. How much rather it would be useful for Francis and the Church, he took example from them and go on the track drawn from them! The Pope Francis error, what his sycophants appear as the title of an unprecedented glory, It is to be believed a pope more advanced than those that preceded it.

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It is this conviction that prevents him from seeing in them their exemplary sanctity or at least their virtues. The recent document published on the sanctity, It may serve to see more clearly. But then, a more advanced Pope to where? Considering the acts of Francis, It is not difficult to answer: to the modern world. It is the temptation of modernism.

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Francis knows how to appreciate the values ​​of modernity. But looking from scolding him become odious to the world of its sin or correcting its errors. The important, Francesco, It seems to be the meeting with the world, welcome the world and assimilate the world. It seems that for Francis the Church's task is to elevate the world to heaven, ma semplicemente piegarsi sul mondo per sollevarlo dalle sue miserie ed accontentarlo nei suoi bisogni.

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The evocation of the work made by Benedetto Valli in his book A glance into the night. Recalling Benedict XVI [1], then it is a clear message addressed to Pope Francis reminding a Pope who has not succumbed to the world, at the cost of being "savaged by wolves" [p.9]. So if the previous two books: 266. Jorge Mario Bergoglio Franciscus P.P. and Like the Church ended, Valli is addressed directly to the Pope, even in the latter Valli thinks the current Pope, in order to present an example in Benedict. In this regard it cites Valli splendid portrait of Benedict made by Vittorio Messori in 2010:

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"Who knows him well, He knows to what extent the Professor Ratzinger, then Cardinal Prefect, finally Pontiff, coexist severity and mercy, rigor and understanding, compliance with the standard and attention to the individual human situation. There is, in him, the humanity of the old men of the Church, that, from the pulpit, They denounced loud sin; but then, in the confessional, face to face with the real sinner, They interpreted generously the call of Christ to understand and forgive […] This son of the old Catholic Bavaria, As there is marked, note, the authentic Catholicism: the rejection of inhuman ferocity Jacobean, the rejection of condemnation, without pietas for the human condition. The current attempts to drag it to the bench of the accused know nothing, among many other errors and manipulations, di questa sapienza che è quella stessa che marca l’esperienza bimillenaria della Chiesa» [p. 44].

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But Pope Francis is unfortunately surrounded by a group of co-workers and friends, forming a barrier around him, called by the Cardinal Gerhard Müller 'magic circle' [cf. WHO].

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However we noted with pleasure the recent publication of two important documents: the letter It pleased God the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the modern errors and the Apostolic Constitution Break out andxultate the call to holiness in the contemporary world [see WHO and WHO].

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Pope Francis, in Rejoice and, appropriately it presents many models of Saints. How would, however, was persuasive if, thinking humbly to their sanctification, He had stopped on the figure of St. John Paul II, Also to allay certain fears not unfounded that Francis, especially with the publication of 'The joy of love [see WHO] I have not been able to understand and fully appreciate the high moral wisdom of the Holy Pontiff. The fact remains that the Pope has chosen the right path; speriamo che continui a percorrerla e che non sia di nuovo risucchiato dagli “amici”.

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Pope Benedict Valli

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Valli collects all the work of Pope Benedict under the sign of truth. Early in the book calls him the "Pope of the truth". And there is no doubt that under this sign, which suggests the Dominican motto veritas, Pope Ratzinger has lived his pontificate, in line with its previous Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and his career as a theologian, who what, if not the servant of the divine truth? A "consecrated in the truth" [cf. GV 17,17].

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Valli shows very well as an important aspect of the action Benedict and the program was to collect and give response to the call of St. John Paul II to rediscover the Christian roots of Europe. The center of Catholicism in Europe, and this is obvious the interest that Benedict and John Paul had, just as popes, per come il cristianesimo si è diffuso in Europa e di lì nel mondo.

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Valli stops to show the wisdom and zeal with which Pope Benedict on several occasions has stressed the need for a re-evaluation and an enhancement of human reason [2] in its openness to the transcendent and faith, in the universality of its theoretical and moral principles, as a way to reaffirm dialogue between all men of good will, such that it is their religious affiliation.

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There is no denying in Pope Francis a remarkable capacity for human contact and communication. Il suo universalism, but, It seems to depend more on a sympathetic-emotional factor, and intellectual.

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The figure and the work of Benedict coming out of the book valleys are those of a Pope, as indeed the previous, constantly under the pull of the world and the modernists, Whether the administration of the Roman Curia, or the problem of pedophile, o di quello degli islamisti o della massoneria o dell’ecumenismo o del comunismo o della politica o della liturgia o dei lefevriani.

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Despite the open profession of realism by Francesco encyclical the gospel of joy, for whom reality is superior to the idea and the recent Letter the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith God decided, condemning subjectivism and egocentrism of Gnosticism and Pelagianism, Valli, along with many other observers, It highlights the difference in epistemological and practical approach between Francis and that of Benedict. While in fact, in these it is evident the realistic biblical intellectualism, Which raises the obedience to the real truth, ossia dalla the conformity of intellect and thing, foundation and main idea practice, in Francis you note the trace of a certain voluntarism Ignatian od Occamistic, for which the truth does not simply depend intellect and reason, but from a decision or trend will or a surge of affection.

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Vice versa, Joseph Ratzinger had set the program of his papacy evident in accordance with the common needs of Cardinals that elected him almost immediately, the fourth ballot, tanto diffusa nel collegio cardinalizio era la preoccupata consapevolezza che il primo problema urgente che bisognava risolvere era come rimediare all’invasione di modernismo, it was far from solved, and he was doing groping the Church in the night. Here is the indovinatissimo meaning of the title of the book by Valli. On a black background you see here are intelligent and gentle eyes of Pope Benedict emerge from the darkness, non la visione del Papa di schiena della copertina del libro-intervista di Peter Seewald, evoking that of a loser, that goes away showing their backs. Not at all. The Pope Benedict eyes see in the night, see if we can not see and, in the night, They shed light and show us the way.

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Mentre dunque è stato chiaro Pope Benedict has sought to advance the Church in truth and victory over falsehood, Pope Francis seems to solve all the progress in the execution of practices deliveries: mercy, l’accoglienza, the dialogue, Church output, the polyhedron, integration, the discernment, accompaniment; All imperatives in themselves good, easy to learn, who have formed the "vocabulary" of Pope Francis, but they leave out others, equally important.

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Alla fine del confronto di Valli tra i due Papi risulta che Papa Francesco, "Revolutionary", non ha fatto avanzare la Chiesa, but he has done it recede with respect to that of Benedict.

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It must be then that Pope Francis - that's the clear message and the call of the Holy Father Valli -, free from moderniste sirens and masonry promises, resume the interrupted work of Pope Benedict, because that is the true path of the conciliar reform and real progress of the Church, without subjecting themselves to the world, not to be confused with the world, not fearing the hostility of the world and without flattery towards the world, because Christ has given him the strength to save the world and win it where rebels to Christ.

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Varazze, 23 April 2018

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NOTE

[1] A glance into the night. Recalling Benedict XVI, Chorabooks, Hong Kong 2018.

[2] Cf pp.40-43, 46, 61-63, 72

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