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ON POPES, BISHOPS & RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS


 

 

 

THE HOLY FATHER IS OUR LEADER IN THE FAITH

If there is anything that non-Catholic Christians admire in the Catholic Church, it is her unity under one uncompromising leadership.  All Christian sects have dwindled into thousands of smaller sects, each one farther from the original due to the lack of one head founded on an unchangeable rock.  But most Catholic priests, and bishops for that matter, are not united nor are they following the leadership of the Holy Father.  Everyone seems to be going his own sweet way to I-don't-know-where.  We do not appreciate that which other sects admire in the Catholic Church. 

Pope Benedict wrote a book entitled, "Ratzinger Report", describing the state of the Church, describing what is wrong with the Church, with bishops and priests.  The solution to the crises in the Church is in the same report and nobody is reading it.  We are fortunate that he has a greater pulpit wherewith he can shout what he already knows.  But are we listening?  I am, in fact, amazed at the almost lack of interest of Hierarchical authorities at the election of Pope Benedict XVI.  In fact, the secular press gave more in-depth reflections at  his election.  The few priests who wrote about it were shallow and critical. . . critical in that they thought that it is they who must give suggestions to the Pope rather than the Pope giving them orders.  In his humility, asked what was his agenda, Pope Benedict answered, I will have to wait for God's will. That is not the answer of a Pope.  It is the answer of a saint. 

 

 

 

(10-29-05)

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