Tens of thousands of saints were willing to be and were martyred for the Traditional Latin Mass and for the Byzantine Divine Liturgies, majestic liturgies that are insurmountable barriers to heresy… to date, none have directly been willing to be martyred for the Novus Ordo…
This has been the first official meeting of the Czech bishops and Pope Francis since he took his office in March 2013.
The previous meeting between Czech bishops and the pope was held in 2005.
The Pope welcomed the Czech bishops headed by Duka and his predecessor Miloslav Vlk in a general audience on Wednesday already.
Friday’s closed meeting lasted 90 minutes. To his credit, the Pope said in the past the church in the Czech Lands was long oppressed by regimes based on ideologies denying human dignity and freedom [i.e. communism], while Friday there are other pitfalls such as secularism and relativism.
The new Czech centre-left government would like to lower the compensation and set several other conditions related to the use of the property.
That state-church property settlement was also spoken about in the Vatican was confirmed for Czech Television (CT) by Olomouc Archbishop Jan Graubner.
“The Pope’s stand was very simple and clear: what has been stolen, should be returned, it is a matter of justice,” Graubner said, adding that the details of church restitution were not discussed.