Wednesday, March 13, 2013
THE SPIRITUAL AND THE TEMPORAL, NOT EITHER/OR BUT BOTH/AND, THEREFORE BRING BACK THE TIARA AND BRING BACK THE CORONATION!
As I worked out at the Macon Health Club before the second billow of black smoke this morning, one of the priest-commentators on CNN stated that Pope Paul VI did away with the tiara with which he was crowned at his Coronation, he gave up in a dramatic post-Vatican II gesture when he placed it on the altar of Saint Peter's and stated it should be sold and the money given to the poor. The priest also stated that he gave up the sedia gestatoria in a similar symbolic statement.
He stated that John Paul I and II as well as Benedict XVI chose not to have a coronation with the tiara. On comment on history, though, is that Paul VI continued to use the Sedia Gestatoria as did Pope John Paul I. Pope John Paul II never used it, nor Benedict XVI.
The priest-commentator also said that when Paul VI offered his symbolic gesture he was telling the world that the mission of the pope and the Church is one of service in the spiritual realm, creating, let me see, what words, should I use, which Paul VI did not use, oh, yes, a kumbaya, hand-holding love-in kind of Church free of temporal authority of a king-pope or monarch-pope invested with secular, temporal power to enforce law.
But the reforms that CNN and other main line media want is administrative reform and that the next pope will be a good manager, a good administrator and will enact laws and hire people who can take care of the temporal needs of the Church and lay down the law on how bishops are to be disciplined in terms of how they manage their dioceses, especially in the area of sex abuse. Also how the Vatican handles its own financial dealings and corruption in the Vatican usually of a secular or temporal nature.
We have seen with the sex abuse scandal how subsidiarity did not work in protecting our young and how local bishops blew their own temporal authority in terms of the financial administration and management of their dioceses and their priests and religious.
In terms of sex abuse policy and local Church governance, the sex abuse scandal is but one sign of how miserably subsidiarity and decentralized government in the Church after Vatican II failed. But also in so many other administrative and managerial area, from liturgy to the life of priests and religious.
So, we need both the tiara and the miter when it comes to the papacy and the governance of the Church and a central authority that hold the diversity of the Church and her bishops to accountability. We are not congregationalists except on a universal level.
The Church is both a society in the temporal sense imbued with the spiritual and mystical aspects of being the Mystical Body of Christ on earth.
BRING BACK THE TIARA AND CORONATION, THE CHURCH NEEDS THIS SYMBOL OF TEMPORAL, MANAGERIAL, AND ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY AND POWER CENTERED IN THE PAPACY. WE ARE A COMMUNITY THAT IS BOTH TEMPORAL AND SPIRITUAL, BODY AND SOUL!