Wednesday, April 20, 2005

What do you expect from the new Pope?

Please leave your thoughts about the new Pope Benedict and what direction you think his papacy should take.


Anonymous said...

I know a lot of people are upset about the liturgy not being reverent enough. Reverence to Christ is very important, although I am not necessarily convinced the mass has to be in Latin. I really hope he will discipline (in love) those priests who are not following Church teaching.

Sr. Lorraine said...

It will be interesting to see what the new Pope does about the liturgy. He's written a lot about it as a cardinal and has even expressed some desire to "reform the reform."

Joanne said...

I agree. I would be happy if someone purged the theologically inappropriate hymns from the OCP repertoire at our parish. Two that particularly irk me are:
Sing a New Church into Being!
Ashes! which is entirely too self centered "We rise again from ashes to create ourselves anew"

I was able to follow along in a bilingual English Latin missal when I was small, before I studied Latin in high school. I don't understand what the big problem was with Latin. I miss the really good music that went along with it.

For the record to other convent clatchers, I'm a laywoman, public elementary school, Catholic high school, public university.

Sr. Lorraine said...

Hi Joanne,
Thanks for your perspective on this. I agree that some of the hymns seem quite lacking, although I do like some others. One I especially dislike has the line "not in some heaven light years away." That's an awful line because eschatological hope is an essential part of our faith. The quality varies a lot.

Leslie Fain said...

Hi Sister,

I have never read any of Carinal Ratzinger' Pope Benedict's writings. What would be a good book to start with?

Leslie Fain said...

Excuse me, Cardinal Ratzinger....sorry

Sr. Lorraine said...

Ignatius Press has published about 25 of his books. A good one is "The Eucharist, the Heart of Life." There's also "Salt of the Earth," which is an interview with Ratzinger by a journalist. That might be a good one to start with as it is less "heavy" than some of his strictly theological works.

Lawrence King said...

I loved Salt of the Earth -- it's the book that let me get to know him as a person!

Here is my hope for this papacy. John Paul II was a wonderful pope, but his primary focus was the outside world. That meant reaching out to other Christians and other religions, but it also meant reaching out to Catholics (World Youth Day, etc.)

But I think that some internal affairs could have been handled better under JP2. In particular, some of the bishops he appointed were not that great. He definitely tightened the reins on bad seminaries and bad liturgy compared to Paul VI, but I think a lot more can be done here.

My hope is that Pope Benedict (it's still so weird to call him that!) will focus primarily on internal things. I would love to see a serious visitation of seminaries, and a serious investigation of the causes of sexual abuse and liturgical abuse in the church!

I respected and admired Cardinal Ratzinger before he became pope. But what has especially endeard him to me in the last week is the clear fact that he didn't want to be pope -- he wanted to go back home and retire. His chance to have a peaceful earthly retirement has been taken away. May God reward him by giving this rest back to him a hundred-fold in the next life!