Praise for Martin Luther at St. Peter’s Basilica: “Martin Luther Had Brought the Truth to Light Again”

Praise for Martin Luther at St. Peter’s Basilica: “Martin Luther Had Brought the Truth to Light Again”

[This charismaniac (“In 1976 he was baptized in the Holy Spirit on a trip to Kansas City.” – ) is also an ecumaniac]

Text: Nardi
Trans: Tancred

Pope Bergoglio Looks on as Cantalamessa insults God

(Rome) The Good Friday sermon in St. Peter’s Basilica, was also given in the presence of Pope Francis in 2016 by the Pontifical House Preacher, Father Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap. The famous Capuchin declared some things that are very surprising to Catholic Christians. That Martin Luther’s “merit ” is “to have brought to light” again the “truth” about the “righteousness of God”.

Luther’s “merit” and the Church policy ecumenical agenda in Rome

The Catholic Church had “for centuries” “lost” a truth before Luther?

Cantalamessa said:

But all of this means nothing if one does not first understand what the term “righteousness of God” actually means. When you hear talk of the righteousness of God and misunderstand this, then there is a risk to be put off by it, rather than feel encouraged. Augustine had already pointed out: “The righteousness of God,” he wrote, “is that we are justified by grace, just like the salvation of the Lord ‘(salus Domini) (Psalm 3.9) that is, God saves us.” In other words, the righteousness of God is the act by which those people who believe in his son, are justified and made pleading to him. It is not a matter of making “justification” but “to making the righteous.”

To Luther comes the merit of having brought this truth to light again after the Christian message had lost the sense of it for centuries. That is essentially what Christianity owes the Reformation whose fifth centenary will soon take place. About this discovery, the Reformer later wrote: “I felt even reborn entirely and as I had entered through open gates Of paradise itself.”

2013: Cantalamessa attempts to set aside the “partition” between “various Christian churches” and eliminate the “relic of rituals”

Already in his first Good Friday sermon on 29 March 2013 Cantalamessa had made controversial remarks on ecumenism and the unity of the Christian Communities. It was then the Pontifical House preacher said:

“[Zenit] We must do everything possible so that the Church may never look like that complicated and cluttered castle described by Kafka, and the message may come out of it as free and joyous as when the messenger began his run. We know what the impediments are that can restrain the messenger: dividing walls, starting with those that separate the various Christian churches from one another, the excess of bureaucracy, the residue of past ceremonials, laws and disputes, now only debris.”

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7 comments on “Praise for Martin Luther at St. Peter’s Basilica: “Martin Luther Had Brought the Truth to Light Again”

  1. He was JPII’s preacher, too. But he never taught heresy to popes before, right?

    Father Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin Catholic Priest. Born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, 22 July 1934, ordained priest in 1958. Divinity Doctor (Fribourg 1962) and Doctor in classical literature (Milan 1966). Former Ordinary Professor of History of Ancient Christianity and Director of the Department of Religious Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan. Member of the International Theological Commission (1975-1981) and for 12 years member of the Catholic Delegation for the dialogue with the Pentecostal Churches.

    In 1979 he resigned his teaching position to become a full time preacher of the Gospel. In 1980 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II Preacher to the Papal Household and confirmed in that position by pope Benedict XVI in 2005. In this capacity he preaches a weekly sermon in Advent and Lent in the presence of the Pope, the cardinals, bishops an prelates of the Roman Curia and the general superiors of religious orders.

    • Cyprian says:

      He was JPII’s preacher, too. But he never taught heresy to popes before, right?

      Wrong: Father Cantalamessa Tears Down Religious Barriers

      The 700 Club


      Father Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin Catholic priest born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy and ordained in 1958. He is a former professor of history of ancient Christianity at the Catholic University of Milan. Father Cantalamessa’s life was transformed in 1976 when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit on a trip to Kansas City. “The love of scripture which results from receiving the Holy Spirit is unbelievable,” shares Father Cantalamessa. Then in 1979 he felt called to leave his teaching position to become a full time preacher of the gospel.

      In 1980, John Paul II appointed him Preacher to the Papal Household. On July 18, 2013, he was confirmed by Pope Francis as Preacher to the Papal Household where he serves, preaching weekly during Advent and Lent to the pope and the cardinals, bishops, and prelates of the Roman Curia and the general superiors of religious orders. He is the only person who has preached to all the popes in the last thirty years. He speaks in many countries around the world, both to Catholic and Protestant audiences on unity and common evangelization. He has received an honorary degree in Law from Notre Dame University (Indiana), in Sciences of Communication from the University of Macerata (Italy) and in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio). Father Cantalamessa has published numerous books on spiritual fruit which have been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. When he is not engaged in preaching, he lives in a hermitage at Cittaducale (Rieti) in Italy ministering to a small community of cloistered nuns.


      On March 14, 2014, in Father Cantalamessa’s 1st Lent Homily, he shares about the importance of prayer. He says, “Jesus went into the desert to pray; He always withdrew into desert places to pray to His Father. He went there to be attuned, as man, with the divine will, to deepen the mission that the voice of the Father, in His Baptism, had made him perceive: the mission of the obedient Servant called to redeem the world with suffering and humiliation. Jesus went there, in sum, to pray, to be in intimacy with His Father.” Father Cantalamessa says, “One does not go into the desert to leave something – the noise, the world, occupations — one goes there above all to find something, rather Someone. The believer goes into the desert, goes down into his own heart, to renew his contact with God, because he knows that Truth dwells in the interior man.”

      “God is in love with us and He wants us to be in love with Him,” shares Father Cantalamessa. Speaking of his people as of a bride, God says: “I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her” (Hosea 2:16). “We know what the effect is of being in love: all things and all other persons withdraw, are placed in the background. There is a presence that fills everything and renders all the rest ‘secondary.’ It does not isolate from others, rather it renders one more attentive and disposed to others. Oh, if we men and women of the Church would discover how close to us, within our reach, is the happiness and the peace that we seek in this world! Jesus awaits us in the desert,” says Father Cantalamessa.


      The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a movement within the Catholic Church which Father Cantalamessa refers to as, “a joyful experience of God’s grace.” The mission of this renewal is to educate believers on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ so they can walk in the Fruit of the Spirit. “Baptism in the Spirit is not a human invention; it is a divine invention. It is a renewal of baptism and of the whole of Christian life, of all the sacraments. It is a renewal of my religious profession, of my confirmation, and of my priestly ordination,” reveals Father Cantalamessa.


      Father Cantalamessa is very passionate about Christian unity. He speaks to leaders around the world on the importance of unity within the Church. He says that Christian unity is the work of the Holy Spirit. “Today as well, the Holy Spirit will be the one to lead us into unity, if we let him guide us,” he said. “God has poured out the Holy Spirit in a new and unusual way upon millions of believers from every Christian denomination and, so that there would be no doubts about His intentions, He poured out the Spirit with the same manifestations.

      At an evangelical gathering in January 2014, Kenneth Copeland Ministries received a personal video message from Pope Francis urging reconciliation between Catholics and Charismatics. He said he was joyful to see these individuals coming together to worship Jesus Christ the only Lord. And, to pray to the Father and to receive the Spirit. Pope Francis shares, “God is working all over the world. Sin has separated us, all our sins. We all share the blame. We have all sinned. There is only one blameless, the Lord. I am nostalgic that this separation comes to an end and gives us communion. We all have religious traditions, but we have to encounter one another as brothers. Let’s give each other a spiritual hug and let God complete the work that He has begun. The miracle of unity has begun. Let’s allow our nostalgia [learning] to increase so that it propels us to find each other, embrace each other and to praise Jesus Christ as the only Lord of history.”


      Father Cantalamessa will speak at the Clergy Summit April 30th at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Leaders from Evangelical, Charismatic and Catholic Traditions will engage in “official dialog” aimed at tearing down the walls between various confessions/traditions. The Summit intends to provide a concise vision from recognized leaders in these three Christian traditions who will outline their traditions and ecumenical goals (promotion of unity or cooperation between distinct religious groups or denominations of Christianity) so that clergy around the globe will have a resource and common understanding of their “brothers” point of view. Father Cantalamessa will articulate the Roman Catholic perspective and encourage Roman Catholic clergy to engage in training their laity to foster authentic grass roots ecumenical relationships.

  2. Wow. Have I reached the apex of cynicism that this doesn’t even surprise me?

    These men are not even Catholic. How could anyone in their right mind think that anything short of Divine intervention could convert them to the Church He founded?

    The talk of some kind of deal with the SSPX concerns me and fills me with dread. What do others think?

  3. Apostates like Cantalamessa have been preaching heresy in the conciliar church for over fifty years. No surprise there boys.

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