What does the recent resignation announcement from the current Pope mean, potentially? Any thoughts…
Posted by Truthinator on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
February 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm
I wonder if there is some kind of scandal about to break or maybe there will be a monumental paradigm shift by the RCC.
February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm
There will be no kind of scandal with Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. He steps down because of his health conditions. Some weeks ago, he had a heart surgery. Ratzingers whole life is very well known to the german media. If there would be a scandal, it would have come out into the light already. By the way, Ratzinger ist not a person who would allow himself anything like a scandal.
But it is very likely, that there will be a paradigm shift in the RCC, after he steps down. In the eys of the RCC members, Ratzinger was too conservative. He was not only conservative, when it came to catholic questions, but also in his exegesis. In his three books about Jesus, he spoke against the Historical criticism (the historical-critical method or higher criticism). In his well remembered speech in Freiburg im Breisgau while his last visit to Germany, he demanded that the (catholic) church should become free of it’s worldliness. In his also well remembered speech at Berlin (at the same visit), he named the abusive priest “foul fishes, darnel” an some days later in Erfurt, he met with casualties of those abusive priests and asked for their forgiveness. While speaking in the german parlament, he said: “The conviction that there is a Creator God is what gave rise to the idea of human rights, the idea of the equality of all people before the law, the recognition of the inviolability of human dignity in every single person and the awareness of people’s responsibility for their actions. Our cultural memory is shaped by these rational insights. To ignore it or dismiss it as a thing of the past would be to dismember our culture totally and to rob it of its completeness. (…) In the awareness of man’s responsibility before God and in the acknowledgment of the inviolable dignity of every single human person, it has established criteria of law: it is these criteria that we are called to defend at this moment in our history.” And than he calleged the lawmakers (a lot of them without any church membership): “As he assumed the mantle of office, the young King Solomon was invited to make a request. How would it be if we, the law-makers of today, were invited to make a request? What would we ask for? I think that, even today, there is ultimately nothing else we could wish for but a listening heart – the capacity to discern between good and evil, and thus to establish true law, to serve justice and peace.” But his words were not well received. For most of the catholics in Europe, he is too conservative and moore and moore voices demand a moore liberal and modern pope. Ratzinger departed from the universalist ways of John Paul II and he did not pray with the leaders of other world religions. But John Paul II was loved, Ratzinger was only respected. In my eyes, most of all, he was hated by the public because of the clear moral values he preached. He was called a pope of the 2nd millennium, not able to live in the 3rd millennium, see http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/german-commentators-say-pope-benedict-failed-to-reform-church-a-882874.html. There is a common demand that a new pope should “reform” the catholic church. But “reform” for this people does not mean “reform to a moore biblical way”, but to modernize it, make it moore liberal. It could be that a new and younger pope will drive the RCC this way. If he does, the applause of most of the western world will be his and he surely will be a influencial person.
February 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Thanks JNj. I appreciate this insight.
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