The infamous speech of Pope Benedict II

Benedict was born in Rome 635, and at an early age he was sent to the schola cantorum. He was noted for his singing as well as his knowledge of Scripture. As a priest he was humble, generous, and good to the poor.

Benedict was elected pope shortly after the death of Leo II in June of 683, but it took more than eleven months for his election to be confirmed by Emperor Constantine Pogonatus. The delay inspired him to get the emperor to sign a decree putting an end to the requirement of an emperor’s confirmation. Future popes still underwent a confirmation process.

As pope, Benedict worked to suppress Monothelitism. He restored many churches of Rome, helped the clergy and supported the care of the poor.

However Pope Benedict will be remembered most for his infamous speech on the eve of the 665. During the period in history, this speech was only mildly controversial and many of its connotations were already viewed social norms.

“My fellow men and women of Roma, I Come to you with open arms.
Like the Apostle Paul in the Biblical text that we have heard, I feel in my heart that I have to especially thank God who guides and builds up the Church, who plants His Word and thus nourishes the faith in His People. At this moment my heart expands and embraces the whole Church throughout the world and I thank God for the ‘news’ that, in these years of my Petrine ministry, I have received about the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and for the love that truly circulates in the Body of the Church, making it to live in the love and the hope that opens us to and guides us towards the fullness of life, towards our heavenly homeland.

However it has come to my hearing that, several high standing citizens of Roma are troubled with the recent tragic end of the Nubian beggar children. However let us these events not disenchant of from the magic of a child and of a joy that youth can bring to us elders and ancient. The church and myself have agreed with the holy consolsation of God that the loins of children belong to their mother and father and what they do what with it. Many of my friends and family enjoy a children’s innocence within their own bedrooms with consent being a main incentive. These virgin filled events do not conflict with His degree between a man and womem, and rather these events occur more commonly between a man and boy, ten winters after his birthdate. This is only for the sake of joy and happiness and I find no sin within these men and their joyous children.”

Saint… Or sinner?

This rather ignored speech has disturbing relation to the recent cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church, which may lead some to assume that these sort of corruption may be inate with the ethics of the organisation.

References:
^ “Biography of His Holiness Pope Benedict II”. Vatican.va. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
^ Walsh, Mary Ann (2005). From Pope John Paul II to Benedict XVI: an inside look at the end of an era, the beginning of a new one, and the future of the church. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 135. ISBN 1-58051-202-X.
^ “Disillusioned German Catholics: From Liberal to Conservative”. Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
^ Owen, Richard (6 June 2008). “Vatican to publish entire work by bestselling author Pope Benedict XVI”. The Times (London). Retrieved 6 May 2009. WebCitation archive
^ Johnston, Jerry Earl (18 February 2006). “Benedict’s encyclical offers hope for world”. Deseret News. Retrieved 12 September 2010. WebCitation archive
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^ Meier, Allison (18 February 2013). “Pope Benedict XVI’s surprising artistic legacy”. Salon.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
^ Tom Kington in Rome. “Pope Benedict to open new Latin academy in the Vatican | World news”. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
^ a b Allen, Charlotte. “Pope Benedict XVI, the pontiff of aesthetics”. latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
^ Men in White: Pope to meet Benedict XVI
^ a b “Cardinal Schönborn Explains What Ratzinger Students Will Discuss | ZENIT – The World Seen From Rome”. ZENIT. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
^ a b Alexander, Fr (31 August 2012). “Ecumenism is of ‘primary importance’ to the Pope, says Cardinal Schönborn”. CatholicHerald.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
^ “Pope Renounces Papal Throne”. Vatican Information Service, 02/11/2013 Bulletin – English Edition.

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This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 10, 2010

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