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Thursday, March 15, 2018
DAMAGE CONTROL AND APPARENTLY IT IS ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS' LACK OF INTELLECTUAL PROWESS! HOW PECULIAR, NO?
This is from this morning's Vatican Insider of LaStampa's Italian secular newspaper, but quite pro-Bergolio. How does this article strike you? I find it peculiar and seems to denigrate Pope Francis in an unwitting way. No?
A Pope’s profile according to
Ratzinger: neither a great scholar
nor a great diplomat, but a man of God
The words spoken by the then Archbishop of Munich
during a trip to Ecuador: one must see someone
“who prays, who believes, who incarnates holiness”
Pubblicato il 15/03/2018
Ultima modifica il 15/03/2018 alle ore 12:19
“The Pope must not be a great scholar nor a great diplomat, but simply a man of God. And the “first quality” to be a Pope is no different from that needed to be a priest: it is not “intellectual superiority” or “organizational skills” but “a trace of holiness”.
In the days inflamed by the debate over Benedict XVI’ letter in which he denied the “foolish prejudice” that has him as a “theorist”, while his successor on the other side “lacks” theological formation, it is worth recovering some forgotten pearls of Joseph Ratzinger’s magisterium, which give us back his authentic thought, so distant from certain clichés - to which he himself has been reduced, both by certain progressive fringes and by certain so-called “ratzingerians”.
The re-reading of some pages of the XII volume of Ratzinger’s Opera Omnia, published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana in 2013, entitled “Announcers of the Word and servants of your joy” is enlightening. It is a speech given in September 1978 by the then Cardinal Archbishop of Munich and Freising at a meeting with some priests in Ecuador, where the future Pope was present as papal legate for the National Marian Congress of Guayaquil. Right there in Ecuador, Ratzinger would have learned the news of Pope Luciani’s death.
The cardinal recalled, referring to the conclave that had taken place in August and that had led to the extremely rapid designation of John Paul I, ”Before the election of the Pope, it was remarkable that anyone you would talk to whether, religious or lay, believers or non-believers, Catholics or non-Catholics, they all emphasized the same thing: choose above all, a man of God”.
The Pope - continued Ratzinger, tracing a profile based on the simple tradition of the Church - must not be a genius, must not be a great diplomat or a great scholar, but must be a man of God: a man that shows he prays, who believes; a man who embodies holiness”.
What is valid for the Pope - future Benedict XVI continued, re-proposing the fundamental elements of tradition - applies fundamentally to every priest. The first quality expected of him is not organizational skills or intellectual superiority, but a trace of holiness”.
Ratzinger observed that “in the long run this ministry can only be carried out if it is deeply rooted in God, only if one lives in a constant relationship with the Lord. For this reason, prayer, even contemplative prayer, is important”.
In a previous and just as significant passage of that same speech, the then Archbishop of Munich proposed some reflections destined to reflect on his own biography and on his being “Pope Emeritus”. Speaking about priesthood, he said, “Nor can it be a temporary job: the greatness of priestly work lies in the fact that it offers, at any age, a specific opportunity. The priest will never be an “old piece”... Every age has its own specific importance: the fervor of young people is just as important as the maturity of the elderly. Precisely the wisdom, calm and suffering of the latter are a real contribution, which shows how the work of the priest is always meaningful and able to engage man to the end”.