February 17, 2013

“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”

From the Catholic Herald, the British Catholic paper that's on the side of the good guys, Ten reasons to give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI :

The pontificate of Benedict XVI was full of surprises and on Monday he sprang the greatest one of all. His abdication – the first for almost 600 years – caught even the Vatican unawares. As we struggle to absorb the news, here are 10 reasons to give thanks for his papacy.

His steadfastness: In his inaugural homily Pope Benedict said: “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.” In 2010 there was a concerted media effort to force his resignation under the cover of the clerical abuse crisis. He held firm and it is only now, in a rare tranquil moment of his papacy, that he has chosen to resign.

His crystal-clear teaching: Even in his abdication Pope Benedict was teaching us. His lesson – that none of us should cling to power – was conveyed with characteristic force and clarity. He has left us with a rich body of teaching, contained not only within his homilies, encyclical and trilogy of books on Jesus, but also in his actions.

His reform of the liturgy: Pope Benedict’s decision to lift restrictions on the older form of the Mass was historic. As well as rescuing the Extraordinary Form from oblivion, he has renewed the celebration of the Ordinary Form of the Mass in our parishes through the new English translation.

His programme of purification: From the Legionaries of Christ to Vatican finances, Benedict XVI has attempted to purify the Church of corruption. This concerted effort has barely registered in the media, but the Church will benefit from it for years to come....

There are a lot of other such things one could say... I've said a lot of them myself. We will never see a man like him again. He's probably the last important figure of European high culture. Europe is dying, but the Church is ever born anew.

Pope Benedict XVI Posted by John Weidner at February 17, 2013 6:14 PM
Comments

A comment at the Catholic Thing captures the
"cozy alliance between traditionalist Catholics (who think a secular govt. is illegitimate) and American conservatives who since Reagan at least think that govt. is always the problem. American Catholic conservatives then pretend that the Church shares their hostility to the state. "

And what about the allegations that B16 was involved in sheltering the paedophiles and tried to keep the matters within the Church?. No proper answer is being given to these allegations.

Posted by: Bisaal at February 17, 2013 8:40 PM

Bisaal, this is just absurd rubbish. Why are you wasting your good mind and my time on what some commenter wrote at some blog?

Virtually every American conservative agrees that government has legitimate tasks, which we support. And I've encountered lots of traditionalist Catholics on the Web, without ever hearing that "a secular govt. is illegitimate." Possibly this has some connection with the fact that that has never been Church tradition.

"No proper answer is being given to these allegations." You are simply lying. This has been thoroughly probed, without result. Anyone can make allegations.

Posted by: John Weidner at February 18, 2013 7:55 AM

John,

Two things:

1) Yay! A new post!

2) I think you're a bit harsh with Bisaal-- it would be better to say that he is repeating untruths, and perhaps should study the matter more closely.

Bisaal,

Some allegations are so absurd that they don't deserve an answer. The allegations being made (by whom? The people making them may give you a clue as to how credible the allegations are) may have no basis in fact. It's a well-known fact in any large organization that bad news is hidden from the bosses. It may well be that B16 has little or nothing to say on the subject of paedophilia because he had no idea of the severity of the problem, and opening his mouth about cases long since settled serves no good purpose for anyone.

Or, to state B16's predicament in a more dour and unkindly fashion, "It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."

As usual, my two cents' worth.

Posted by: Hale Adams at February 18, 2013 6:03 PM

I suppose I should be less harsh. But I get so madly frustrated because the Internet has made it far easier to find the truth on most subjects, yet the general level of discourse seems little better than that of the "cracker barrel philosophers" of old.

In fact there's a new web site specializing in generating false-but-attractive Internet memes for social media. (Liberal ones of course.)

This is from one of the harshest of critics within the Church, Leon Podles...

...Benedict has done more that any pope in centuries (probably since Pius V) to end sexual abuse in the Church. He has not done enough, but he has done more than most bishops, priests, and even laity want. One reason the Vatican did not encourage bishops to discipline abusive priests is that the laity screamed whenever their favorite charismatic, narcissistic, abusive priest was disciplined. The bishops saw how the laity reacted, and so did the Vatican...
Posted by: John Weidner at February 19, 2013 6:48 AM
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