By Bro. Michael Dimond, O.S.B.
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On September 17, 2010 Benedict XVI had a meeting with representatives of other religions at St. Mary’s University College in Great Britain:
“Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends,
I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet you, the representatives of the various religious communities in Great Britain. I greet both the ministers of religion present and those of you active in politics, business and industry. I am grateful to Dr. Azzam and to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks for the greetings which they have expressed on your behalf. As I salute you, let me also wish the Jewish community in Britain and throughout the world a happy and holy celebration of Yom Kippur. I would like to begin my remarks by expressing the Catholic Church’s appreciation for the important witness that all of you bear as spiritual men and women living at a time when religious convictions are not always understood or appreciated. The presence of committed believers in various fields of social and economic life speaks eloquently of the fact that the spiritual dimension of our lives is fundamental to our identity as human beings, that man, in other words, does not live by bread alone. As followers of different religious traditions working together for the good of the community at large, we attach great importance to this ‘side by side’ dimension of our cooperation, which complements the ‘face to face’ aspect of our continuing dialogue. On the spiritual level, all of us, in our different ways, are personally engaged in a journey that grants an answer to the most important question of all – the question concerning the ultimate meaning of our human existence. The quest for the sacred is the search for the one thing necessary, which alone satisfies the longings of the human heart… It motivates us to cultivate the practice of virtue and to reach out towards one another in love, with the greatest respect for religious traditions different from our own. Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has placed special emphasis on the importance of dialogue and cooperation with the followers of other religions. In order to be fruitful, this requires reciprocity on the part of all partners in dialogue and the followers of other religions. I am thinking in particular of situations in some parts of the world, where cooperation and dialogue between religions calls for mutual respect, the freedom to practice one’s religion and to engage in acts of public worship, and the freedom to follow one’s conscience without suffering ostracism or persecution, even after conversion from one religion to another. Once such a respect and openness has been established, peoples of all religions will work together effectively for peace and mutual understanding, and so give a convincing witness before the world. This kind of dialogue needs to take place on a number of different levels, and should not be limited to formal discussions. The dialogue of life involves simply living alongside one another in such a way as to grow in mutual knowledge and respect. The dialogue of action brings us together in concrete forms of collaboration, as we apply our religious insights to the task of promoting integral human development, working for peace, justice and the stewardship of creation. Such a dialogue may include exploring together how to defend human life at every stage and how to ensure the non-exclusion of the religious dimension of individuals and communities in the life of society. Then at the level of formal conversations, there is a need not only for theological exchange, but also sharing our spiritual riches, speaking of our experience of prayer and contemplation, and expressing to one another the joy of our encounter with divine love. In this context I am pleased to note the many positive initiatives undertaken in this country to promote such dialogue at a variety of levels. As the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales noted in their recent document Meeting God in Friend and Stranger, the effort to reach out in friendship to followers of other religions is becoming a familiar part of the mission of the local Church, a characteristic feature of the religious landscape in this country. My dear friends, as I conclude my remarks, let me assure you that the Catholic Church follows the path of engagement and dialogue out of a genuine sense of respect for you and your beliefs. Catholics, both in Britain and throughout the world, will continue to work to build bridges of friendship to other religions, to heal past wrongs and to foster trust between individuals and communities.”
This might be the most heretical speech ever given by any of the last five antipopes. First, he wishes Jews in Britain and throughout the rest of the world “a happy and holy celebration of Yom Kippur.” This is total apostasy.
He then expresses to the false religious leaders “the Catholic Church’s appreciation for the important witness that all of you bear as spiritual men and women.” According to Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church appreciates false religions being spread. He also declares that the leaders of false religions are “witnesses” and authentic spiritual men and women. This is complete apostasy!
He then says that different false religions “are not always appreciated,” as if false religions need to always be appreciated! He then says man “does not live by bread alone,” which is an allusion to Luke 4:4, where Jesus says that man does not live by bread alone but by the word of God. Since he refers to the contributions of false religions in this context, he is clearly stating that different religions provide the spiritual nourishment needed for true spiritual life. He is also saying that they teach the word of God.
He then states that followers of false religions work for the good of the community at large. Benedict XVI then utters the amazing heresy that followers of different false religions answer the spiritual question about the ultimate meaning of human existence. This means that, according to Benedict XVI, all religions will give you the same satisfactory answer concerning how you should follow God and achieve salvation.
Benedict XVI then speaks of how we should have “the greatest respect for religious traditions different from our own.” He then states that members of different religions can “give a convincing witness before the world.” He then goes on to say that, in the exchange with other religions, all of us should be “sharing our spiritual riches.” According to Benedict XVI, there are “spiritual riches” in other religions. He then closes what may be the most heretical speech of all time by stating: “let me assure you that the Catholic Church follows the path of engagement and dialogue out of a genuine sense of respect for you and your beliefs.” He assures everyone that the Catholic Church has a genuine respect for false, diabolical religions as well as the people who lead these “religions.”
Question to Benedict XVI during his in-flight press conference, September 16, 2010: “The United Kingdom, like many other Western countries – this is a theme that was already touched upon in the first response – is considered a secular nation, with a strong atheistic movement associated with cultural influences; however there are signs that religious faith, in particular in Jesus Christ, is still vibrant at the personal level. What might this mean for Catholics and Anglicans? Can one do something to make the Church as an institution more credible and attractive to all?”
Answer from Benedict XVI: “One might say that a church which seeks above all to be attractive would already be on the wrong path, because the Church does not work for itself, does not work to increase its numbers so as to have more power. The Church is at the service of Another; it does not serve itself, seeking to be a strong body, but it strives to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ accessible, the great truths, the great powers of love and of reconciliation that appeared in this figure and that come always from the presence of Jesus Christ. In this sense, the Church does not seek to be attractive, but rather to make herself transparent for Jesus Christ. And in the measure in which the Church is not for herself, as a strong and powerful body in the world, that wishes to have power, but simply is herself the voice of Another, she becomes truly transparent to the great figure of Jesus Christ and the great truths that he has brought to humanity, the power of love; it is then when the Church is heard and accepted. She should not consider herself, but assist in considering the Other, and should herself see and speak of the Other and for the Other. In this sense it seems to me also that Anglicans and Catholics have the simple task, the same direction to take. If Anglicans and Catholics see that both are not there for themselves, but rather instruments of Christ, ‘friends of the Bridegroom’, as Saint John says; if both follow together the priority of Christ and not themselves, they draw closer together, because the priority of Christ brings them together, they are no longer in competition, each one seeking greater numbers, but are united in commitment to the truth of Christ who comes into this world, and so they find themselves also placed reciprocally in a true and fruitful ecumenism.”
Benedict XVI states that Catholics and Anglicans have the exact same mission – meaning they both represent the Church of Jesus Christ. He also says that the heretical and schismatic Anglican Sect is a friend of the Bridegroom. He also says that they are not in competition, not seeking to gain greater numbers than the other.
On September 17, 2010 Benedict XVI had a meeting with 4,000 students of “Catholic” schools in Britain: “I know that there are many non-Catholics studying in the Catholic schools in Great Britain, and I wish to include all of you in my words today. I pray that you too will feel encouraged to practice virtue and to grow in knowledge and friendship with God alongside your Catholic classmates. You are a reminder to them of the bigger picture that exists outside the school, and indeed, it is only right that respect and friendship for members of other religious traditions should be among the virtues learned in a Catholic school.”
According to the apostate Benedict XVI, respect for false religions is a virtue and should be learned in a Catholic school.
On September 16, 2010 Benedict XVI gave a Homily at “Maslasgow: “Finally, I would like to say a word to you, my dear young Catholics of Scotland. I urge you to lead lives worthy of our Lord and of yourselves. There are many temptations placed before you every day – drugs, money, sex, pornography, alcohol – which the world tells you will bring you happiness, yet these things are destructive and divisive.”
Defenders of Benedict XVI would rejoice when seeing a statement like this coming from Benedict XVI. Notice that he says that drugs, money, sex, pornography and alcohol are “destructive and divisive.” But he doesn’t say that these things are sinful!
On September 17, 2010 Benedict XVI gave an Address at Lambeth Palace, the residence of the “Archbishop” of Canterbury, His “Grace” Dr. Rowan Williams: “Your Grace,It is a pleasure for me to be able to return the courtesy of the visits you have made to me in Rome by a fraternal visit to you here in your official residence. I thank you for your invitation and for the hospitality that you have so generously provided. I greet too the Anglican Bishops gathered here from different parts of the United Kingdom, my brother Bishops from the Catholic Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland, and the ecumenical advisers who are present. You have spoken, Your Grace, of the historic meeting that took place, almost thirty years ago, between two of our predecessors – Pope John Paul II and Archbishop Robert Runcie – in Canterbury Cathedral. There, in the very place where Saint Thomas of Canterbury bore witness to Christ by the shedding of his blood, they prayed together for the gift of unity among the followers of Christ. We continue today to pray for that gift, knowing that the unity of Christ willed for his disciples will only come about in answer to prayer, through the action of the Holy Spirit, who ceaselessly renews the Church and guides her into the fullness of truth… On the other hand, the increasingly multicultural dimension of society, particularly marked in this country, brings with it the opportunity to encounter other religions. For us Christians this opens up the possibility of exploring, together with members of other religious traditions, ways of bearing witness to the transcendent dimension of the human person and the universal call to holiness, leading to the practice of virtue in our personal and social lives. Ecumenical cooperation in this task remains essential, and will surely bear fruit in promoting peace and harmony in a world that so often seems at risk of fragmentation.”
He calls the pro-homosexual layman “Your Grace.” He also calls the heretical Anglican laymen “bishops.” This is a denial of defined Catholic teaching infallibly taught by Pope Leo XIII. In his 1896 papal bull Apostolicae Curae, Pope Leo XIII infallibly taught that Anglican “holy orders” are not valid. This without any question proves again that Benedict XVI is a formal heretic.
On September 17, 2010 Benedict XVI gave an Address to politicians, business leaders, academics and diplomats at the Westminster Hall: “Allow me also to express my esteem for the Parliament which has existed on this site for centuries and which has had such a profound influence on the development of participative government among the nations… appreciate not only the rights of believers to freedom of religion, but also the legitimate role of religion in the public square… In this way, such basic rights as religious freedom, freedom of conscience and freedom of association are guaranteed.”
On September 17, 2010 Benedict XVI took part in Vespers and had an ecumenical celebration of evening prayer with Anglicans at the Protestant Westminster Abbey. Benedict XVI also prayed at the tomb of Edward the Confessor with the “Archbishop” of Canterbury and together they gave a final blessing to those at the prayer service:
“Your Grace, Mr. Dean, Dear Friends in Christ,
I thank you for your gracious welcome. This noble edifice evokes England’s long history, so deeply marked by the preaching of the Gospel and the Christian culture to which it gave birth. I come here today as a pilgrim from Rome, to pray before the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor and to join you in imploring the gift of Christian unity. May these moments of prayer and friendship confirm us in the love for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, and in common witness to the enduring power of the Gospel to illumine the future of this great nation… This year, as we know, marks the hundredth anniversary of the modern ecumenical movement, which began with the Edinburgh Conference’s appeal for Christian unity as the prerequisite for a credible and convincing witness to the Gospel in our time. In commemorating this anniversary, we must give thanks for the remarkable progress made towards this noble goal through the efforts of committed Christians of every denomination… Dear friends, we are all aware of the challenges, the blessings, the disappointments and the signs of hope which have marked our ecumenical journey. Tonight we entrust all of these to the Lord, confident in his providence and the power of his grace. We know that the friendships we have forged, the dialogue which we have begun and the hope which guides us will provide strength and direction as we persevere on our common journey.”
Benedict XVI states that Catholics and non-Catholics are common witnesses of the faith and have a “common journey.” This means he believes that Anglicans and Catholics are of the same faith and are on the exact same spiritual path.
On September 19, 2010 Benedict XVI gave a Discourse at the International Airport in Birmingham: “During my time with you, I have been able to meet representatives of the many communities, cultures, languages and religions that make up British society. The very diversity of modern Britain is a challenge to its Government and people, but it also represents a great opportunity to further intercultural and interreligious dialogue for the enrichment of the entire community.
According to Benedict XVI, getting to meet and know different false religions is a great opportunity for the enrichment of the entire community.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, pp. 9-10.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, p. 3.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, p. 8.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, p. 10.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, p. 11.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, pp. 12-13.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, p. 17.
 L’ Osservatore Romano, September 22, 2010, p. 25.