They don’t get it, do they? They just don’t get it! I’m speaking, of course, of the secular media, as well as the dissident Catholics they choose as spokespersons for the Church. Somehow, they think that with each new pope, they will finally get what they want: a Catholic Church which conforms to the world’s standards of right and wrong, good and evil.
No, they really don’t get that it is the Church which is entrusted with conforming the world to Christ, and calling all people to holiness. The Church will never compromise on faith and morals, for if she did, she would betray her Founder Who promised that He would always be with Her…and that the gates of hell would not prevail.
In our day and time of Internet and social media, an aged and frail pope cannot rest quietly within the safe confines of the Vatican and pretend that it doesn’t matter that he simply does not have the energy and vigor to travel about and be a visible and strong leader in a world, seemingly gone mad…in an era when homosexual activists stripped off their clothes in St. Peter’s Square, and shouted at the Holy Father to “shut up” while they were dragged away, kicking and screaming by police.
The Church is not static; she can change with the times in matters of discipline. The retirement of a pope whose health is frail and energy depleted is apparently one of them. This would never have been necessary 50 years ago…or perhaps even 20. But who could have foreseen the rapid rate at which the culture, as well as the people of God, have deteriorated in only a few years. The roaring lion has been working overtime..which sould give us hope that his power is about to be crushed.
I love Pope Benedict, and am heartbroken that he is leaving us. His brilliance is unmatched by any pope of my lifetime. I wish he could stay, but I trust his prayerful discernment.
Let us pray that God will send us a holy shepherd, instilled with the gifts needed to lead us well into this 21st century.
And soon, the hopes of the dissidents will fade…as just like after Blessed John Paul II’s death, they roared for a while, and then were stilled by the election of a faithful priest of Jesus Christ, whose leadership will one day be known for its greatness.
God bless you beloved Pope Benedict. Pray for us.