He’s Right…! Kinda…


The Catholic Church has really been through it recently.  Sex scandals involving priests and altar boys, John Paul II died, the whole “religious intolerance” thing that keeps the muslims (muzzies for short) crying foul… it just keeps coming and coming.  However, at the tri-annual Catholic Youth festival, Pope Benedict hit a nerve that has been begging to be smacked for a very… VERY long time.

In front of a crowd of 200,000 people (ironically, gathered on a horse racetrack), the Pope declared that “the world needs renewal” and that the needed agents of change are Christian young people… which is awesome!  To a point…  I’m all for having the Pope admonish Christians to be Christians, but the world doesn’t need more Christians… they need more Jesus.  There is a violence necessary to be religious in today’s world.  Namely, in the avid rejection of the Spirit of the Age that so pervades every sphere of life (espeically in the Western World).  However, asceticism apart from a burning love for God is not holiness, but mere denial and self-piety.  However, I think the Pope hit a prophetic vein and didn’t even know that He did it…

“In so many of our societies, side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading: an interior emptiness, an unnamed fear, a quiet sense of despair… [we must build a world in] which God’s gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished — not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed.”

Who knew that the Pope would be so willing to preach about the ending of Abortion and human trafficking?  In our abject abundance, life has become worthless to us.  Anthony of Alexandria believed that the soul’s energy was at it strongest when the desires of the flesh were at their weakest… this seems to be a quiet truth floating its way through church doctrine that gets forgotten extremely easily.  Funny… when we have much, recieving gifts doesn’t touch us as much as when we have nothing.  If I gave a middle-class American a shirt, they would say “oh… that’s nice…”  If I give a homeless person with no clothes a pair of pants, they would remember me for a week and tell everybody they knew.  Wealth is a blessing that is its own curse, it would seem.



~ by xristosdomini on July 20, 2008.

3 Responses to “He’s Right…! Kinda…”

  1. Your comment that the world needs more Jesus, not more christians, is pretty profound. I like it, and agree totally.

    Doesn’t the pope usually preach against abortion and slavery? I think those are pretty routine causes for popes in my recent memory.

    I think it’s easy for reformation christians to pick on the Catholics about doctrine, but I think they also deserve respect. I tend to think of the pope as the elected leader of a world-wide state who’s only job is to hear God and lead the people in righteousness until he dies. Any country with such a policy we would expect to be blessed by, and used of God.

    I think the catholic government gets a little wacky when the pope intrudes on the “one mediator” role reserved for Jesus, and a catholic law about papal infallibility shuts down questions about the resultant wackiness. I may have this wrong, but it sounds like a prescription for assuring that error will become the rule.

    More Jesus is still the right answer.

  2. I must admit that my opinion about the catholic government structure has softened quite a bit recently. Lets face it, the protestant version of faith has changed so much that we now have more than 50,000 different denominations… the catholic church only has one. So, for all their different problems, they do have the solidarity thing down pat.

  3. Well, of course there was the reformation, and the whole Anglican church thing was a split over divorce, and then there was eastern orthodox who split over papal mandate about the calendar or some such.

    The catholics haven’t avoided the phenomenon of division over doctrine, and I think you’ll still find that brewing even today between, say, North American Catholics and the ones in southern Europe.

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