In continuation of the post of March 26, what does the Pope’s vision of reform in general mean for a traditional reform?
First, it, too, will be small in numbers, composed of members “with the élan of faith”.
Second, it will be joyful and convinced.
Third, it will be about reform, gradually (or quickly as the case may be) transforming the rest of ecclesial life; but definitely not ‘babysitting’ Catholics of any one sort or stripe. Pope Benedict is not concerned with babysitting anyone or marginalizing them by use of labels or prejudices. One could even say, his sole aspiration for the Church is reform of Her ecclesial life. He, perhaps better than anyone, is painfully aware of the need to reform.
Fourth, it will live at peace with the rest of the Church’s members: hierarchy and people. But the intensity of its joy living the faith will irradiate to the rest.
Those above four points pretty much summarize the crux of the response which former Cardinal Ratzinger gave to Raymond Arroyo’s question about renewal or reform in the interview of September 2003, published elsewhere on this blog. (See the post dated March 26, 2012 for the link to the interview.)
Now is an apt time, in view of Pope Benedict’s letter to the SSPX declining their theological presuppositions for reconciliation, to consider what His Holiness envisions for ecclesial reform. (more…)
Yes, it’s precisely the opposite of St. Paul’s admonition to (priests and) bishops to “be instant [in teaching] in season and out of season”. (II Tim. iv:2)
Read here what Rev. Fr. Michael Venditti, an Eastern Catholic Priest, writes about “Liberal Catholic bishops [who have] trivialized moral authority over the years”.
Except for a few slips which were probably edited into it by the news staff — for example, using the word “church” instead of “churchmen” to describe the causes of the evils — the story is fair, and courageously told.