There is such beauty in Pope Benedict XVI being self-aware enough, humble enough, trusting enough, to make the decision to step down from the papacy. My favorite definition of humility is “knowing who you are before God, nothing more and nothing less”. What a witness to humility our dear Holy Father is. That being said, the implication that Pope John Paul II ‘should’ have stepped down, or ‘wanted’ to step down is redonkulous. I have read SO.MANY. REPORTS, and heard SO.MANY.PEOPLE. say, ‘oh, if only John Paul II had the courage to do this…’ etc.. etc… What you have there, my friends, is a simple misreading of the two drastically different Popes. JPII, an extrovert, used his sickness, age, etc…to witness to the world a beautiful kind of suffering. His CHOICE to stay in the papal office until the day of his death provided many of us a spectacular witness of humility. A similar humility to that of Pope Benedict XVI. Thanks Holy Fathers, you have taught us a lot.
I enjoy the people acting as though they were not surprised by this unprecedented (in any sort of recent history) move. You were surprised, stop lying.
The speculations regarding who the next pope will be are very funny. No one knows, stop acting like you do.
Anyone with any type of true understanding regarding the nature of the Roman Catholic Church knows that “Traditions” with a capital T are not going to change, no matter who is elected pope. Might I suggest, in the upcoming weeks, if you are receiving your news from a source that speculates electing a pope who might modernize the Church’s teaching…that you seek another source.
***Certain Church teachings are NEVER going to change.***
The Church will always be opposed to the ‘trigger issues’ secular culture would like us to change. Lemme give you a hint. The Church will ALWAYS say birth control, gay sex, and abortion are in opposition to God’s plan for sexuality and life. And the Church will ALWAYS say that women cannot be ordained. Oh, and she will ALWAYS say that you cannot judge people and must welcome all with open arms. If you are waiting/hoping/speculating that a more ‘forward thinking’ Holy Father will be chosen to take the Church out of the dark ages…you are wasting your time. If you are receiving news from a source that indicates it is a possibility, you are receiving news from a source that clearly does not understand the Church, the Magisterium and of course, the Papacy.
Cardinal Dolan CAN be elected. Sure, he probably won’t be. But to say an American will NEVER be elected is crazy talk. AND, to act like a desire to want one’s favorite Cardinal (i.e. Dolan) to be elected shows a lack of understanding the greater Church…well, that is super crazy talk. Yes, I know my fav. has a very VERY small chance, but I’m still rooting for him! Go Dolan Go!!!!
That is all. Please carry on.