Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WDTPRDAD EXPOSE: Francis "Makes" Baby Cry; Zuhlsdorf Expliots Photo
Really. It was bound to happen. Young children cry in unusual situations. Being dressed all in white and handed off to strangers is certainly unusual for a child of any age. It happened to Benedict, John Paul II, John Paul I, Paul VI, going back centuries I am sure.
Most folkZzz just chuckled and laughed it off. Father Zzzz and those of his ilk have made it an issue. "If this were Benedict.... whine, whine, whine." It is as if they can not accept the reality that Benedict has resigned, (I prefer the term retired, and I see no reason that a Pope can not retire.) that Francis is Supreme Pontiff, and that the Church continues to be the Church.
For the record, I have a great admiration for Pope Benedict. I think that he is a man of deep faith, prayer, knowledge and honor. While many of my confreres, and a few very close friends, think he put the Church back fifty years, I disagree. There were many disconnects with Liturgical Tradition after the revision of the Roman Rite following the Second Vatican Council. Some insist on calling them "abuses" which, to my mind, implies that those priests that went beyond "saying the black and doing the red" lacked respect for the Church or have a deviant understanding of the Faith. I don't believe this for one nanosecond. I think that Pope Benedict XVI gave many pause in liturgical matters. He held up both a picture to show us what we were and a mirror to show us who we have become. He freed the older form of the Mass and he demonstrated by his actions that the present form (I hate the terms "new Mass" and old Mass") can be celebrated in accordance with the tradition and solemnity that has come to be associated only with the rite as used before Vatican Two.
Benedict XVI was good for the Church. Many of his devotees have co-opted his writings, as well as his examples in an attempt to render the reforms of Vatican Two and the present Roman Rite null and void. They have done the very same things that they accuse "hippie liberals" of doing post council.
The Barque of Peter is a BIG BOAT. Surely if there is room for a variety of Rites, there can be room for various cultural expressions of those rites. In the Byzantine Rite there are cultural variations among Greeks, Syrians and Russians. Even under the Slavic Usage, there are variations among Ruthenians, Carpathian-Russyns, Ukrainians, Slovaks, etc. In the Roman Rite, there are traditional, folk, and charismatic expressions. Even under traditional there are variations such as Gregorian chant and Poly-phonic. They are all the same Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Divine Eucharistic Liturgy, the Lord's Supper.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is thriving in retirement, denies rumors of being pressured to do so, and explains why he wears what he does. (the answer may surprise you)
Pope Francis is the Pope of Christian Unity.