Friday, April 2nd, 2010...7:12 pm

Vatican Preaching, Serious Medical Condition, Surgery

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Widely reported today, Good Friday among Christians, is the sermon delivered before Pope Benedict XVI (formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger) by Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, who holds the office of preacher of the papal household. Friar Cantalamessa likened recent criticism of the Pope’s inaction in a priest-pedophile abuse case (when Ratzinger was Archbishop of Munich, Germany) to the invective heaped upon Jews during two-millennia of anti-Semitism (some of it fomented by the Church).

The timing of this sermon was unusual in that for centuries the Catholic Good Friday liturgy blamed the “perfidious Jews” for the death of Christ.

Medical observers, however, expressed alarm, noting that the friar’s sermon and recent Vatican pronouncements indicate a serious, even life threatening pathophysiology requiring a surgical procedure.

The surgical procedure is a cranial-rectalectomy, the surgical removal of one’s head from one’s own or another’s rectum. Delay, according to medical authorities,¬†only worsens the condition, which can become permanent, dimming the prognosis.

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  • The Vatican’s exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, “commented this week that the recent defamatory reporting on Pope Benedict XVI, especially by the New York Times, was ‘prompted by the devil.’ Speaking to News Mediaset in Italy, the 85-year-old exorcist noted that the devil is behind ‘the recent attacks on Pope Benedict XVI regarding some pedophilia cases. There is no doubt about it. Because he is a marvelous Pope and worthy successor to John Paul II, it is clear that the devil wants to “grab hold” of him.'” Father Amorth added that in instances of sexual abuse committed by some members of the clergy, the devil ‘uses’ priests in order to cast blame upon the entire Church: ‘The devil wants the death of the Church because she is the mother of all the saints'” (as reported by the Catholic News Agency).

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