Skip to comments.A Transitional Papacy?
Posted on 04/17/2012 7:08:59 AM PDT by marshmallow
Many of those who voted for Benedict XVI in April 2005 believed his would be a transitional papacy. They were wrong. Here is a review of Joseph Ratzingers seven years on the Chair of Peter
I am curious, in a way that might come across as slightly malicious, about one thing. I wonder how many of those who voted for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 expected the Bavarian Pope to still be here among us seven years on. Despite his brisk baby steps which are made all the more uncertain by the problems he has with his hip and his right knee, Benedict XVI is still here and retains his eagerness to do things. Unfortunately it is a difficult question to ask let alone respond to sincerely. What many cardinals expected to be a transitional papacy is in fact turning into something quite different. It is turning into a foundational kingdom, created by someone who seeks to work silently, persistently and deeply.
How? Not many are aware of the fact that a great deal of Benedict XVIs time and effort is spent on mysterious work which does not and should not attract the medias attention but is fundamental to Church life: this is in order to prevent giving the media any negative reasons to start focusing on it any time soon.
Benedict XVI is adamant that the strength - and weakness - of the Church is found first and foremost in the dioceses, in local Churches. During John Paul IIs pontificate, the choice of bishops was often left to presidents of Episcopal Conferences, to nuncios and to other components of the central and local Churches. If what is told to us is true, - and we have no reason to doubt it is so - the Pope has, in recent........
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Any conjecture of what that work might be?
Benedict XVIs has a different style. He studies every dossier prepared for the three candidates in each diocese, he examines the course of studies and professional experience of potential future bishops and finally takes a decision. Indeed, he often asks for other candidates to be presented to him if he is not satisfied by the individuals who have been shortlisted. It is a tedious and not particularly glamorous task, but one for which the Church of the next few decades will be very grateful to him.
This is Benedict XVIs style and it remains unchanged since his cardinal days. It is a solitary one for sure; apart from the occasional visit to elderly German speaking cardinals, it is impossible to recall a time when Ratzinger showed a social streak during his time in the Curia, inviting and being invited to the homes of colleagues and friends.
The same solitude is perceived now that he is Pope. The progressive weakening of his Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone only emphasises this. Towards the end of his papacy, Pius XII had two reputable bulldog-like men, Tardini and Ottaviani, to watch out for him as he got old. Paul VI had Benelli to keep the Secretary of State and the Curia under control. But in Benedict XVIs case, it is difficult to point with certainty to any figures that could be termed the Popes men beyond the Bronze Door. Except for Bertone, who nevertheless seems incapable of reacting in an efficient manner to the attacks that the various poison pen letter writers have been launching at him over the past few months. And no answer has come from the full blown inquiries into the Vatileaks scandal, involving leaked documents concerning the papal Apartment. Neither has any light been shed by the Vatican commission of cardinals, whose members and work remain a mystery, to the extent that many actually doubt it even exists.
During the seven years of his papacy, Benedict XVI has gradually carried out his role taking steps forward; trying to honour John Paul IIs often heavy and ambiguous legacy; to defend himself and the Church from a number of attacks and malevolence that have not been witnessed since the Cold War, often with inadequate or insufficient means. Above all, - to return to the beginning of this reflection - Benedict XVI has carried out his role with such resilience, including physical, which cannot fail to surprise and perhaps does surprise some, whilst leading others to believe that the current Pope is not so alone after all; perhaps he is in good Company. Ad multos annos.
"What Pope Benedict Fears"
Dr. Robert Moynihan, editor and founder of Inside the Vatican, reported the following in an email update earlier this summer entitled "What Pope Benedict Fears"
In an article published on the internet in three parts beginning on May 21 and concluding on June 22, the writer Antonio Margheriti Mastino presents what he says are the words and thoughts of Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, currently the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican.
Among the many interesting statements made in this report, one stands out: the statement that Pope Benedict, who is known to regard Canizares with favor, told Canizares personally meeting that he (Benedict) has three great fears:
(1) The secularization within the Church;
(2) The peaceful invasion of Europe by Islam;
(3) The ever-greater control -- and the next words are within quotation marks, meaning Margheriti Mastino is presenting these words as an exact quotation of what Cardinal Canizares said to him -- "of freemasonry on the cultural level and of the centers of power of the European Union."
he’s praying and giving sermons to the laity on how to pray.
And the claim that he was chosen as a “transitional” pope is bosh: he was chosen to continue the reform of the reform: to reform the church from both it’s rigid pre vatican II ways but also to reform it away from those who tried to use the council to remake the church in their own image.
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