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This Was the State of the Seminaries Under Benedict XVI

The famous journalist Aldo Maria Valli has been publishing anecdotes of priests telling about their experiences during their time in seminary. The last one was by Father A. who frequented a Northern …More
The famous journalist Aldo Maria Valli has been publishing anecdotes of priests telling about their experiences during their time in seminary. The last one was by Father A. who frequented a Northern Italian seminary during the pontificate of Benedict XVI. Fr A was ordained a priest around 2010.

In 2007, in a class on the Second Vatican Council, the students were told that, before the Council, the faithful were “all ignorant” and “didn’t understood anything.” Then John XXIII “opened the windows” and “the Spirit entered the Church.” A. raised his hand and mentioned his deeply faithful grandmother, born in 1903, and said about her: “If we were to compare her pre-conciliar faith with the faith of those here present, none of us would match the love, this old lady had for Christ.”

Although Ratzinger was pope, in classes he was presented as a – quote – “theologian without depth,” as a “little theologian” who says nothing new, and who is more a “historian of theology.” Imagine, a professor would say a similar thing today about Pope Francis. He would immediately be fired.

Latin was totally banned from the seminary. If someone showed an interest in it, he was considered a dangerous person and was looked at with suspicion. The cassock was equally disdained. Quote, “It's a sign of separation from the world!" In reality, the cassock allows people to recognize a priest and to approach him. Even Pope Francis wears a cassock.

The future priests were taught about Christ’s real presence in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar that – quote – “the host is just a symbol; the real presence is in the poor and in the word!" Accordingly, masses were celebrated in a sloppy and careless way.

A teacher dropped the name of some theologian during class, and a student asked, "Excuse me, professor, was this scholar a Catholic or a Protestant?” The annoyed teacher answered: "What's the problem? What are you afraid of? Have you all become suspicious, since Ratzinger became Pope?".
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Before Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger ascended the papal throne in 2005 as Pope Benedict XVI, he had been investigating the disturbing case of a wayward priest named Father Marcial Maciel. When Benedict XVI started his papacy, he promised to cleanse the Church of the “filth”—likely a direct reference to Maciel.
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All the seminaries weren't like that. It depends on the rector and the profs he hires.

That notwithstanding, seminary profs are usually a reflection of the time and place of their studies.
Do you remember good seminaries?
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But Francis banalized divine mercy, stripping it from the dimension of judgment and transforming it in "mercinism." It's true that the Christian God is a welcoming father that never tires of forgiving, but a grasp of conscience, a conversion, is required from the son. But from Francis' preaching, it's almost as if God has the duty to forgive when faced with the right to forgiveness demanded by …More
But Francis banalized divine mercy, stripping it from the dimension of judgment and transforming it in "mercinism." It's true that the Christian God is a welcoming father that never tires of forgiving, but a grasp of conscience, a conversion, is required from the son. But from Francis' preaching, it's almost as if God has the duty to forgive when faced with the right to forgiveness demanded by the creature. This is why secularists and unbelievers like Pope Francis so much: he confirms them in their choices. But in this way, he confuses those who don't feel confirmed in the Faith and see the entire operation as a concession to the world. www.churchmilitant.com/…/italian-vatican…
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