Skip to comments.Axios! He is Worthy!
Posted on 04/19/2005 1:35:49 PM PDT by Teˇfilo
Folks, I knew he was "papabile," and knew he could make a great Pope, but wow! I am elated.
¡Ad multos annos, Benedictus, PP XVI, Pontifex Maximus!
It is a great and agreeable surprise that the former "Panzer" Cardinal is now the new Holy Father. What his election portents for the Church is continuity and consolidation of the work of Pope John Paul the Great. We can expect continued, strong doctrinal clarity, leadership, and discipline, as well as the continued authentic interpretation of Vatican II. All-in-all, steady as she goes for the Ship of Peter.
The initial coverage from the mainstream press, particularly BBC radio, has been asinine, emphasizing Pope Benedict's "baggage," age, alleged heart condition, and frankly, wishing that he dies soon. In CNN, the talking head said that the Cardinals have "some explaining to do," particularly those from Northern Europe and North America, as to why they voted for him. As if the Cardinals had to please a political constituency.
What does this mean for the likes of Küng, Chittister, Joy Barnes, Linda Pieczynski, Mario Cuomo, Andrew Greeley, Frances Kissling, Richard McBrien, and the folks of "We are the Church" (Not!)? They're probably writhing on the ground in extreme pain. Like I said on my previous piece, The Next Pope Should Clean House, I hope that he show these "Catholics" the door, and soon.
Let us pray for our new Holy Father, for the Church, and thank the Lord for granting us the man we need for this day and age.
He is worthy indeed. God give him a long life "Espola eti-zepota"!
Habemus papam (We have a Pope).
By now, we all have heard that the cardinals have elected a new Pope: the former German Cardinal Ratzinger, a wise and holy man who has taken the name, Benedict the XVI. Since he has now become the spiritual father (the "papa" or pope) of over one billion Catholics worldwide, you may be curious about the nature of this man. You may wish to know something beyond the superficial discussions in the media about whether he is a "liberal" or a "conservative." To begin with, he is a brilliant theologian who has published over 40 books, speaks 10 languages, and is an accomplished pianist whose favorite is Mozart. As a boy in Nazi Germany, he was forced into the military but refused to attend the indoctrination classes and eventually deserted at a time when deserters who were caught were shot. But beyond such biographical details, perhaps the spirit of the man is best captured by the following excerpt from a sermon he delivered to the cardinals only yesterday before he was elected Pope. At the time, I was so impressed by this passage that I copied it to my files as a subject for future meditation. It may be that some of you may find it interesting as well:
"The Lord addresses to us these wonderful words: "I no longer call you slaves...I have called you friends" (Jn 15,15). So many times we feel like, and it is true, that we are only useless servants. (cf Lk 17,10). And despite this, the Lord calls us friends, he makes us his friends, he gives us his friendship. The Lord defines friendship in a dual way. There are no secrets among friends: Christ tells us all everything he hears from the Father; he gives us his full trust, and with that, also knowledge. He reveals his face and his heart to us. He shows us his tenderness for us, his passionate love that goes to the madness of the cross. He entrusts us, he gives us power to speak in his name: "this is my body...", "I forgive you...". He entrusts us with his body, the Church. He entrusts our weak minds and our weak hands with his truth - the mystery of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the mystery of God who "so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son" (Jn 3, 16). He made us his friends - and how do we respond?
"The second element with which Jesus defines friendship is the communion of wills. For the Romans "Idem velle - idem nolle", (same desires, same dislikes ) was also the definition of friendship. "You are my friends if you do what I command you." (Jn 15, 14). Friendship with Christ coincides with what is said in the third request of the Our Father: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". At the hour in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus transformed our rebellious human will in a will shaped and united to the divine will. He suffered the whole experience of our autonomy - and precisely bringing our will into the hands of God, he gave us true freedom: "Not my will, but your will be done". In this communion of wills our redemption takes place: being friends of Jesus to become friends of God. How much more we love Jesus, how much more we know him, how much more our true freedom grows as well as our joy in being redeemed. Thank you, Jesus, for your friendship!"
- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, from a sermon, April 18, 2005
So far as I can see, he has only one rather serious flaw: Bach and Beethoven are clearly superior to Mozart! On the other hand I freely concede that I myself have published no books, that I can barely stammer in my own language let alone speak another one (save a handful of words in German and Japanese), and that I have forgotten most of what I formerly knew of the keyboard.
Perhaps that is why I was not chosen Pope. :-)
Peace to all
Having just come into the Catholic Church, I know I would never have converted had I not read his writings. There are many, many others like me out there rejoicing today, I am sure of that.