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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI: The Beginning of a New Era or the Continuation of the Status Quo? Posted by Hello
Good day and good morning to all. Once again, another cloudy and overcast day here in the American Southwest. Well, there's a new Pope...Pope Benedict XVI. Formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Ratzinger), the new Pope was a surprise choice...I really didn't think the Catholic Church would select someone from the Northern Hemisphere, in that the Church's strong growth and revival is taking place in the Southern Hemisphere (or, Africa and Latin America). Initially, when word got around that smoke was coming from the Conclave so soon after the first days vote (they vote twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening)...we all knew something was up (like most people who were following the activities of the Conclave). Then, of course, came the "Great Frustration" when no one could discern whether or not the smoke was white or black ...which was extremely nerve-racking. The whole world (generally speaking) was on the edge of its proverbial seat, staring at a small Roman chimney, desperately trying to figure out whether the emissions were white or black...nuts. Then when the big bell started tolling, we all knew...a new Pope was on deck! As stated previously, I was really surprised (and a bit disappointed, I might add) that the new Pope was Cardinal Ratzinger. My choice was Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Cardinal_Arinze), but if he didn't get the nod then (I was hoping) at least a Latin American cardinal would be selected...it would have given the message in the most powerful way the Catholic Church could that Africa and Latin America (and the entire Third World for that matter) are importantly vital and at the very epicenter of the Church's future in terms of converts and the overall health of the Catholic Church. So, you know, they picked a cardinal from Europe (once again) and I guess (in doing so) played it safe. A couple of interesting points though before I shove off: 1) Pope Benedict XVI will be going on a world-wide tour (of course) to "meet-and-greet" all of the world leaders. This is to be expected. However, his first trip AFTER the initial world tour will be the true signal as to where his heart is in regards to the direction of the Church. If Pope Benedict XVI visits Africa or Latin America (or anywhere in the Third World) first, then we'll know his heart and vision are definitely directed towards the future of the Catholic Church in the Third World and that he understands the Church's future lies not in the empty pews of Western Europe but in the zealous fervor of the Southern Hemisphere (http://www.todayonline.com/articles/43639.asp); 2) Pope Benedict XVI, when he was a cardinal, was a strong advocate and supporter of the Third World (especially Africa and Latin America) and was even on record supporting the candidacy of his colleague, Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria, in terms of the Papacy ('Ratzinger speculates on Third World Pope' at http://www.thetablet.co.uk/cgi-bin/citw.cgi/past-00070). So, what does this mean? Well, to me it means Pope Benedict XVI is "down with the struggle" (so to speak) and just may be "the messenger" (a la, John the Baptist) that will set the stage for the first Pope of color in modern times to come along in the not-so-distant future. In other words, before we can have an African or Hispanic Pope, there must first be a Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI to pave the way. As a side note, I really believe Pope Benedict XVI is getting a raw deal in the press (especially the British press) in terms of his participation in World War II. Admittedly, I was taken aback when I learned, a few days ago, that the former cardinal had served with German forces during the war and was actually captured and held in an American POW camp for some time. Yes, that bit of information was disconcerting (and a bit jarring as a matter of fact). But, geez, World War II was over half a century ago, he was all of a teenager at the time (1944/1945 meant he was around 16, 17 or 18 years old) and ALL of Germany was in a "full-court press" and under a "smackdown" of epic proportions (deservedly so) in terms of manpower in that they were losing (and, ultimately going to lose) the biggest war in all of human history...a war they started, to be sure. My take on it is how are the Israeli's taking the news? In other words, if the Israeli's are at peace with it (and they certainly seem to be, http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5358703.html) then I'm at peace with it. Besides, the blood of Christ has washed all of that away and, as Christians, we believe in new beginnings. So, onto the original question, which is, will Pope Benedict XVI signal a new beginning or the continuation of the status quo? Being a strong friend and ally of the previous Pope, Pope John Paul II (interesting sidenote: Pope John Paul II was Polish, Pope Benedict XVI is German; Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939 thus triggering the Second World War. Both took part in the war http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=36242, so both were at one time, enemies. But through Christ, they found the priesthood, found each other and became life-long friends), I would think the new Pope will maintain a conservative strain through his reign (just like his predecessor), but I believe he will really open the door to the Third World in that he understands, although the Europe and the West are important, the REAL future of the Catholic Church is no longer there. Instead, the future of Catholicism lies in the Southern Hemisphere where there is a zeal and fire for "The Word" unprecedented since the days of the early Church. Pope Benedict XVI will hopefully understand this is where the focus of the Holy Roman Church should be as we advance into a new century full of hope, vision and passion. Semper Fidelis


Blogger CindyLueWho said...

Now Canon Law. You seem to know a little bit about allot. "The messenger, Al la John the Baptist", huh? I'd lay off analogies that associate people, especially with interesting titles as "Holy Father", used to address a coming. I think its bad enough that the Pope is called “Holy Father” – I’m a protestant and I have issues with that title. But, back to your analogy, in my opinion it’s slippery. It calls upon the biblical coming of the Christ, but Christ already came. The analogy sucks in my opinion because it borders on blasphemy. I wonder if there were other political sidekicks (sidekicks - talk about disrespect huh, but people are inconsistent) that could have been used besides John the Baptist. But since I only read Star magazine and watch Hollywood News I really wouldn’t know. I do know that your John the Baptist analogy only reminds me that an antichrist is coming, which is not something I choose to celebrate by juxtaposing biblical analogies directly associated with Christ used for the Pope – a wonderful human, better than me. But keep thinking and publishing on your blog. It nice to know that folks are still thinking out there. Later Dude.

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