It seems that the music of Mozart is Pope Benedict's favorite.
"His music is by no means just entertainment; it contains the whole tragedy of human existence," the Pope said in a 1996 interview.
While head of the Holy Inquisition several years ago, before becoming Pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that Mozart "thoroughly penetrated" his soul as he was growing up in the 1920s and ’30s in rural Bavaria, near Salzburg, Austria, Mozart’s birthplace.
On most days, Benedict sits down at the keyboard and plays a bit of Mozart.
That's all very heartwarming, you say. But...
Mozart was a Freemason. Oh, no!
While head of the Inquisition (officially, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which changed its name from The Holy Inquisition about a hundred years ago), the Pope wrote that "Faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion."
The Catholic Church still officially forbids Catholics from becoming Freemasons.
So... they have launched a P.R. spin campaign to proclaim that Mozart was never a Freemason.
Despite the fact that documentation of Mozart's initiation into an Austrian lodge exists, the Church has sent forth Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria to say that reports of Mozart's Masonic membership "are without foundation."
To which I reply: "Reports of the Pope's infallability are, without a doubt, without foundation."
Read the story from the National Catholic Reporter.
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