Saturday, April 30, 2005

A Fellow German's Thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI

Exerpts from Martin Mosebach's "The Pope Without a Country" on the Op-Ed page of today's New York Times:

"Pope Benedict XVI may be convinced that democratic institutions have as little right to interfere in the structure of the church as all the many emperors and kings who tried to do as much in past centuries. This stance has made him unpopular among his fellow German clergymen, who are intimidated by contemporary culture, but it also fascinates intellectuals who are far removed from the church, and who aren't swayed by any superficial rhetoric of reconciliation. In Benedict, they see the authentic representative of a religion that they don't know whether to view as still dangerous or possibly as the only remaining counter to a secular society."

"Even as a cardinal, the pope struggled against a tendency that saw the Second Vatican Council as some kind of 'supercouncil,' as if the history of the church began in 1962."

Why submit to God's will?

A striking observation by Oswald Sobrino in his Catholic Analysis blog this morning: "...the Christian has a more powerful and persuasive reason than the run-of-the-mill monotheist for submitting to God's will: God's will is to love us, to be kind to us, and to show mercy to us in all aspects of our lives." The entire post is well worth a read.

Friday, April 29, 2005

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.