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Catholic fact check: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the fabricated liturgy

The following quotation is attributed to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI: The liturgical reform, in its concrete realization, has distanced itself even more from its origin. The result has not been a reanimation, but devastation. In place of the liturgy, fruit of a continual development, they have placed a fabricated liturgy. They have deserted a vital process of growth and becoming in order to substitute a fabrication.

Sharon Kabel on a Supposed Saying of Pope Pius XII

Our friend Sharon Kabel has just posted another one of her useful and interesting research pieces, this time on a saying ascribed to Pope Pius XII.

Catholic fact check: Pope Pius XII, the universal tongue, and catacombs

The following quotation is attributed to Pope Pius XII: The day the Church abandons her universal tongue [Latin] is the day before she returns to the catacombs. Says who? A few notable uses of the quotation online are: Cream City Catholic in 2013, in a fact check article (that does not source any of its quotations)1 Tridentine Catholic Website, in their header image2 Praying Latin, who source the quotation as “days before his death”3 and Traditio in 2005, the earliest instance I can find of the quotation online, who source it as “Mediator Dei”4 Mediator Dei and Pius on Latin Pius’ encyclical Mediator Dei is the source that is most commonly given for this quotation, but one will search in vain for the quotation in that document.

Catholic fact check: Father Edward Schillebeeckx and Implicit Conclusions

The following quotation (or variations thereof) is attributed to the controversial theologian Father Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P.: “We express it diplomatically [now], but after the Council we will draw the implicit conclusions.” The citation given for the quote is almost always the same: De Bazuin, No. 16, 1965 Says who? The quote has circulated for years now. Perhaps most famously, it was used in the book Iota Unum, by Romano Amerio1, and in Archbishop Lefebvre’s Open Letter to Confused Catholics2.

Catholic fact check: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla and the final confrontation

The following quotation is attributed to Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope St. John Paul II: We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.

Catholic fact check: Pope Pius IX on Liberal Catholics

The following quotation is attributed to Pope Blessed Pius IX: Liberal Catholics are the worst enemies of the Church. (While I'm not sure that the rule is ironclad, I was taught that people with more than one title have the titles listed in order of rarity. ‘Pope’ is less common than ‘saint’ or ‘blessed,’ so I put ‘Pope’ first.) Says who? The header image is from the Lepanto Institute.

Catholic fact check: Jean Guitton, Pope Paul VI, and the liturgical reforms

Photograph: Pope Paul VI and Jean Guitton. Undated. Claim The following quotation is found all over the internet. It's attributed to the philosopher Jean Guitton: The intention of Pope Paul VI with regard to what is commonly called the Mass was to reform the Catholic liturgy in such a way that it should almost coincide with the Protestant liturgy…There was with Pope Paul VI an ecumenical intention to remove, or, correct, or at least relax, what was too Catholic, in the traditional sense, in the Mass and, I repeat, to get the Catholic Mass closer to the Calvinist Mass.

On the Mythical Pius XII Thanksgiving Indult

Every year around Thanksgiving, a flurry of social media posts make the rounds in traditional Catholic circles, concerning a mysterious “Turkey Indult” from the 1950s.

Catholic fact check: St. John Chrysostom on wifely obedience

Artwork: Greek Miniaturist, “Homilies of Ioannes Chrysostomos.” c. 1078. Manuscript (Ms. Coislin 79) Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris The following quotation, attributed to St. John Chrysostom, is extremely popular in Catholic and Orthodox circles: When we speak of the wife obeying the husband we normally think of obedience in military or political terms, the husband giving orders and the wife obeying them. But while this type of obedience may be appropriate in the army, it is ridiculous in the intimate relationship of marriage.

Catholic fact check: Pope John XXIII and fresh air

Continuing the theme of Catholic fact-checking, today's exploration is of Pope St. John XXIII and fresh air. As the story goes, when Pope John XXIII was asked why he called for a council, he walked over to his window, threw it up, and said something like, “I want to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in.” This is cited in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations1 but it is the only quotation of his that has the dubious label “attributed.