Agenda of "reform of the reform" (Most Catholics are not aware of this big picture)
Reversing the liturgical field Benedict starting new liturgical movement Anatomy of a Reform
Pope wants everyone to kneel and receive Communion on tongue:
No more special ministers of Communion
No more lay people - especially women - doing
anything on the sanctuary
Video with Cardinal Burke - it reveals more clearly where the institutional church is heading and what can be expected from Rome in the forseeable future
Strict Vatican control of all Catholic organizations - especially universities
Strict Vatican control of all appointments - especially bishops
Bishops' Conferences - given great
responsibility by Vatican 2 - to be kept powerless.
Censorship of all Catholic publications and websites
A new translation of the Lectionary....a very fundamentalist translation....coming soon....has been described as "a disaster" by one Australian archbishop
Ecumenism to mean "Catholics are right,
everyone else is wrong".
The recent controversy about a new English
translation of the Mass
new translation - many articles
Does Jesus want us to go back to the old Latin
Use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to re-interpret the documents of Vatican 2
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 the Chinese 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 note to try to "spin" 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, the Chinese Government etc