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The Reluctant Pope
The American Spectator ^ | 2/2/2013 | GEORGE NEUMAYR

Posted on 02/12/2013 5:37:03 PM PST by D-fendr

He served out of duty, not ambition.

After John Paul II’s death, Benedict emerged as the indispensable man, without the least bit of angling for that role. He didn’t seek the papacy; it simply fell upon him. He had hoped the college of cardinals would select someone else. But his acute intellect, grasp of the Church’s crisis, and closeness to John Paul II made him the obvious choice.

Given this background, his resignation appears more understandable. He entered the papacy humbly and now leaves it humbly. His resignation is a great loss for the Church and the world. He represented the unity of reason and faith at a moment when the world was fast losing both. Between the West’s culture of abortion and the East’s culture of jihad, he stood as the civilizational center for life.

The media verdicts so far on his supposedly inconsequential and failed pontificate have been useless, reflecting nothing more than the progressive prejudices of reporters and pundits. Long after their spiteful articles have yellowed, his encyclicals will be read. The truth is that they didn’t like him from the start, treating the elevation of a believing Catholic to the papacy as somehow “controversial.” Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the New York Times, once blurted out that “the struggle within the church is interesting as part of a larger struggle within the human race, between the forces of tolerance and absolutism.” That is the only prism through which the media ever saw Benedict: he fell on the wrong side of the progressive “struggle” and so became a target for endless media bias.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: benedict; pope

1 posted on 02/12/2013 5:37:07 PM PST by D-fendr
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To: D-fendr

He was what...78 when he was elected...How dumb is that...


2 posted on 02/12/2013 5:43:35 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

He was the right man at the right time, and accomplished more in eight years than most people do in a lifetime.


3 posted on 02/12/2013 5:47:42 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: Sacajaweau

Not dumb at all. What he accomplished in eight years is incredible. His papacy was a godsend.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 5:49:38 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

IBTCJBUTHPS
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(In before the calumnious jackwagons bring up the homo priest scandals)


5 posted on 02/12/2013 5:50:38 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: Sacajaweau

I was reading that the pattern has been long papacy, short papacy, long papacy, short papacy, etc.

JPII had been pope for a long time - too long, in my opinion, because he had no control at all over the Church in his final years and terrible things happened, because while his advisors had control over some things, he was still in charge and could do whatever came into his foggy mind or was suggested to him by some duplicitous person. So after him they chose somebody older who wasn’t going to hold the position for a very long time.

Speculation says that they will chose a younger person this time around, but who knows?


6 posted on 02/12/2013 5:50:52 PM PST by livius
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To: D-fendr

http://globalgrind.com/news/pope-benedict-xvi-accomplishments-resigning-list


7 posted on 02/12/2013 5:56:04 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Although I’m not Catholic, I feel compelled to defend them against your premise that it wasn’t smart to elect someone so old. Maybe he was the right man at the time, and was able to do a lot of good until he reached a point where his health problems were too much. Benjamin Franklin did some of his best work in his seventies.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 5:59:54 PM PST by Texan Tory
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To: Texan Tory

**Benjamin Franklin did some of his best work in his seventies.**

So did Pope Benedict!


9 posted on 02/12/2013 6:15:03 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Texan Tory
Benjamin Franklin did some of his best work in his seventies.

Into his 80s, he was one of the prime movers in creating the greatest document ever devised by man.

Pope Benedict has done a good job, and with today's 'instant media' he has wisely decided to remove himself from a position his frail body would not allow him to participate. But I have no doubt that his intellect is just as sharp as ever and hope the next Pope accesses that intellect in his decision making as long as it is available.

10 posted on 02/12/2013 6:18:35 PM PST by Ditto
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To: D-fendr

It seems like he would be given “emeritus” status, if such a thing exists.


11 posted on 02/12/2013 6:37:27 PM PST by bethelgrad
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To: Jeff Chandler

The Holy Spirit chose him to lead the Church. His resignation is understandable but saddening none the less. He too is a great Pope.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 6:40:24 PM PST by dominic flandry
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To: bethelgrad
It seems like he would be given “emeritus” status, if such a thing exists.

One of my first questions was what does a retired pope do? Yes, he certainly deserves emeritus status.

I think others, including the new pope, would greatly wish his counsel; however, I think his wish for his remaining days will be honored:

"…With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer."
Thanks much for your post.
13 posted on 02/12/2013 6:47:04 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr; Art in Idaho; NewCenturions; Sioux-san; Youaskedforit; KirbDog; Teófilo; mojo114; ...

Pope Benedict ha been truly a great Pope, he has represented Christ on Earth in as pure and honorable fashion as I could ever have imagined. That the bigots hate him is understandable, Satan hates the Truth. The Paraclete is here and will guide the Church in this terrible hour of emptiness, just as He has always done and always will.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


14 posted on 02/12/2013 6:48:04 PM PST by narses
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To: D-fendr; Art in Idaho; NewCenturions; Sioux-san; Youaskedforit; KirbDog; Teófilo; mojo114; ...

Pope Benedict ha been truly a great Pope, he has represented Christ on Earth in as pure and honorable fashion as I could ever have imagined. That the bigots hate him is understandable, Satan hates the Truth. The Paraclete is here and will guide the Church in this terrible hour of emptiness, just as He has always done and always will.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


15 posted on 02/12/2013 6:48:39 PM PST by narses
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To: D-fendr; Art in Idaho; NewCenturions; Sioux-san; Youaskedforit; KirbDog; Teófilo; mojo114; ...

Pope Benedict ha been truly a great Pope, he has represented Christ on Earth in as pure and honorable fashion as I could ever have imagined. That the bigots hate him is understandable, Satan hates the Truth. The Paraclete is here and will guide the Church in this terrible hour of emptiness, just as He has always done and always will.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


16 posted on 02/12/2013 6:49:40 PM PST by narses
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To: narses
Amen!

I wish your post had repeated ten times, but amen for three!


17 posted on 02/12/2013 6:57:09 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I didn’t think it was stupid. I thought it was the most wonderful gift, and a miracle that he was elected. But now I realize he was a total fraud.


18 posted on 02/12/2013 8:47:30 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: narses; D-fendr

i’ve been surprised at the vehemence with with the BBC, CNN etc. call Benedict’s term as “a failure” — until one realizes that this was because he was firmly against and reversed all leftist moves


19 posted on 02/12/2013 11:55:41 PM PST by Cronos
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To: bethelgrad

I think Pope Benedict would be happiest if he just got back to the status of ordinary priest.


20 posted on 02/12/2013 11:56:01 PM PST by Cronos
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To: Cronos

>>BBC, CNN etc. call Benedict’s term as “a failure” — until one realizes that this was because he was firmly against and reversed all leftist moves”

Yep, he’s Catholic. :)

As Neumayr puts it:

“The media verdicts so far on his supposedly inconsequential and failed pontificate have been useless, reflecting nothing more than the progressive prejudices of reporters and pundits. Long after their spiteful articles have yellowed, his encyclicals will be read. The truth is that they didn’t like him from the start, treating the elevation of a believing Catholic to the papacy as somehow “controversial.”


21 posted on 02/13/2013 12:47:39 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

His farewell message was so humble and touching. A reminder to me that Christians are called to a Christ like humility. If we know how great our God is, we are humble.


22 posted on 02/13/2013 3:58:02 AM PST by mgist
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To: mgist

And what any of us think about the Pope’s decision doesn’t matter, it is God’s will, and I am no one to question that.


23 posted on 02/13/2013 4:00:25 AM PST by mgist
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To: D-fendr
Not dumb at all. What he accomplished in eight years is incredible. His papacy was a godsend.

Thank the Lord for making things happen. BXVI was indeed one of the most accomplished popes ever.

24 posted on 02/13/2013 4:55:47 AM PST by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: Cronos

I will forever call him, “Pope Emerritus” or Pope Retired.


25 posted on 02/13/2013 5:20:57 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: mgist

Very helpful as another Lent begins.


26 posted on 02/13/2013 5:25:37 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Cronos; narses; D-fendr
he was firmly against and reversed all leftist moves

Yes, and his abdication reverses another: the enemy won't get insinuating senility at his every word and deed. Provided we get a young and conservative pope, -- and His Holiness raised a good deal of cardinals, -- the left will be dealt another blow.

27 posted on 02/13/2013 5:32:02 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

The media and the left’s hope will be dashed when the next pope turns out to be a believing Catholic. I believe they actually think it could be otherwise.


28 posted on 02/13/2013 9:31:10 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: mgist
His farewell message was so humble and touching. A reminder to me that Christians are called to a Christ like humility.

So well put, thank you.

29 posted on 02/13/2013 10:37:19 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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