Friday, April 22, 2005

Who will lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith?

Otherwise known by the Holy Office of the Inquisition? Now that Ratzinger is now Benedict, who will become Ratzinger?

I saw a article in the Post today speculating that it might be Cardinal Schoenborn of Austria, who wrote the Catechism, or Cardinal Francis George. He is saying that he is staying put in Chicago and is trying to quell speculation. I just don't see the Vatican putting an American in that position. On the other hand, Fr. DiNoia, the Dominican who was the Doctrine chief at the USCCB and is now the number two guy at the CDF may be a prime candidate, but I think he'd have to be a Bishop first.

I think that pick may be more revealing than anything in reading what this papacy is going to be about.

I noticed some gushing about Pope Benedict's first sermon and how he is softening up his image. I may do a more detailed analysis, but that homily was not conciliatory. It begins with a multiple paragraph segment basically saying "I am Peter, the Rock." then he goes on to talk about "concrete" Ecumenical gestures.

Well, the first people that we as Catholics have to talk to are the Eastern Churchs. And he knows fully well that nothing ticks them off like this Pope thing. Even in JPII's Ut Unum Sint, he was very carefull when referring to his office, knowing that it is perhaps the most sensitive aspect of dialog with the East. By thus blasting their ears through with a megaphone about how he is Peter, he pretty much knocked them upside the head with his office. Not the usual type concrete Ecumenical gesture that brings wonderful results.


Blogger Ambrose said...

I think Schoernborn has a lock. George is too important a leader in the U.S.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um...but he IS Peter. Anyway, he seems to have all the right people upset, so he must be doing something right. Viva il Papa!!!

David B

4:46 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

Ono, I don't think there's anything Pope Benedict XVI will be able to do that will make you happy. I don't mean that in a rude way, I'm just being honest.

I hate to agree with David, but the Pope is the Successor of St. Peter. Ecumenism is not lying to other Christians to make them feel better. Furthermore, while the Orthodox do have a problem with the papacy, the problem does not lie in the fact that the See of Rome is the See of St. Peter. The Orthodox acknowledge this. The difference, for them, is in what exactly that means. So I don't think there was anything anti-ecumenical about telling the truth, which is that he is the Successor of St. Peter.

Other than that, even I have to admit that his tone has become much more humble and conciliatory since his election to the papacy. Those who do not want to see humility and conciliation will not see it, but those who will be open-minded about this pontificate will perhaps notice it. Or perhaps not.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Ono said...

It will be extremely difficult for Pope Benedict to do anything that'll make me happy. But at least I admit that.

Pope Benedict has no choice but to sound conciliatory and humble. If he didn't, he'd have a full scale revolution at his hands and not even the Pope, who is quite happy with not being liked, wants to be that disliked.

If he is serious about Ecumenical gestures, which he has identified as important, then beating everyone over the head with, "I am the Rock," is not going to work. That is not a conciliatory gesture. Those are fighting words.

Besides, he is not the rock upon which the Church is built. Christ is. Also, isn't it unseemly to engage in self-exaltation? Let others do it for you.

Anyway, I don't trust him and he is going to be surprise people like me, then I'll become open-minded after the surprise. Trust, after all, is earned.

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Besides, he is not the rock upon which the Church is built. Christ is."

Curious interpretation of Mathew 16. Are you Roman Catholic? Protestants deny the papacy in the same way.

Go to the original Greek..Christ clearly indicating that Simon was to be called "the Rock."

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please don't take this in an insulting way, because it really isn't meant to be, but, you seem to have a problem with the new Pope, Benedict XVI, the previous Pope, John Paul II, and the Church's teachings on many issues. Peter (be he St. Peter, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, or whoever is pope), to paraphrase my pastor this morning, is not about liberal or conservative, left or right, opinion or fact. He is about TRUTH. So, my question is, if you have such a difficult time accepting the Truths of Christ's Church, the Catholic Church, or are just plain unwilling to assent to the teachings of His Church, why do you remain a member of a Church of which teachings you can't abide?

David B

11:30 PM  
Blogger abby said...

he is the pope, and he is successor of peter, the rock on whom the church was built... but there's telling the truth as we see it, and then there's beating people who believe differently over the head with it. i am a firm believer in tact; i think pope benedict was telling the truth, but he wasn't telling it in a way that's going to endear him to the eastern orthodox churches.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


" but there's telling the truth as we see it"

No, it is NOT "as we see it." It is Truth, period. Otherwise, there is no truth. You have your truth, as you see it, I have my truth, as I see it, the Lutherans, Methodists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Jews, Muslims, Secular Humanists, Atheists, all have their truths, as they see it, and in the end you have no truth.

Do what you want, but I'll cling to the Barque of Peter, led by Pope Benedict XVI.

David B

11:07 AM  

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