I recall the exuberance that greeted the election of the pope back in 2005; however, noting at the time his age and his many accomplishments as head of CDF, I think most of us recognized that it would be an interregnum papacy and that his best work had already been done. The mainstream media are already clamoring for radical changes–not much new there–but the faithful will be waiting to see how resilient the Conclave will be to the culture. We all must pray fervently.
Yes, prayer is crucial. The hounds are already out.
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times could not wait to tweet:
“At some point, the church will accept contraception and female and non-celibate
priests. Could it be in the next papacy?”
It is an indirect way of saying that Benedict’s resignation is welcome. It could
not have come soon enough. Such is the world’s welcome.
Nicholas Kristof is of course confused. The Church accepting contraception is simply not an option. Paul the VI, commenting on Humane Vitae, indicated that he did not have the authority to change Church teaching on contraception. The reason why is the Truth is not up to an individual, group, organization, etc. We don’t vote on whether or not 2+2=4. The Church nor the Pope decide if contraception is OK, they simply teach the Truth. As continuing adventures in missing the point, much of the journalists that cover these things simply don’t get it. The Church is not a business, nor is it a democratic government. It is the Church, The Kingdom present in mystery. As both the means and the end of God’s plan of Salvation, whose mission is to call all mankind to communion with God, it is not subject to the whims of a capricious mankind constantly seeking “My will be done” and not God’s.
Kristof is as ill-informed as he is partisan. 118 cardinals will be in conclave to choose the next pope; 67 were named by Benedict XVI and the rest by John Paul II. Out of this assembly will come a radical liberal?