Monday, March 6, 2017
DO WE REALLY NEED POPULAR POPES, BISHOPS AND PRIESTS
What I appreciated about Pope Benedict was his quiet non celebrity, non cult of the personality exercise of the papacy. Compared to Pope St. John Paul II, who Time Magazine called, JPII, SUPERSTAR, Pope Benedict was simply The Vicar of Christ as the Sucessor of St. Peter. He didn't desire the popularity of a populist.
But here is a progressive theologian's take on the buyer's remorse in the Vatican over the current pope's ideologies by some cardinals. This theologian is a darling of Praytell:
Although disappointment within the Roman Curia is getting more pronounced, Vatican watcher Massimo Faggioli thinks that moves to force Pope Francis into retirement are exaggerated. "It is true that some cardinals may regret their vote for him in the conclave, but I do not think they hope that he resigns," he said. "They know it would be very hard to find a popular pope like him," he added.