Gratia Benedictus XVI

What are the important legacies of Pope Benedict.

As with many of us, the resignation of Pope Benedict was a shock. With that shock, there is much awe. There is much to be thankful. Those who are not Roman Catholic, or are in communion with Rome, may not understand this and that is to be expected.

So, here is what I think are some of the important legacies of Pope Benedict.  

First, the restoration of the Latin Mass. There were many out there who felt that the Mass in the vernacular – the one used in most parishes, including mine – was lacking. Although attendance may not be overflowing, many have been drawn to it. All are drawn to the altar and the focus on prayer. The distractions that you will find in most parishes, is not there.  

Second, SSPX. This pontificate has attempted to bring the lost sheep back into the fold. It has been slow and difficult but headway was made. I hope that this will continue and not die.  

Third, the “crossing of the Tiber.” Here we see the Pope establishing a way for those in the Anglican/Episcopal Church, who have been dissatisfied with the movement away from traditional marriage and the increase in active homosexual clergy and marriage, to join the Roman Catholic Church. Granted, there have not been millions joining, but there has been a slow and steady crossing of the Tiber to Rome.  

Fourth, the constant reminder that it is we who must bend to Christ and the Church, and not the other way around. Unfortunately, LCWR, Call to Action, and VOTF (among others) just don’t seem to get it.  

Finally, humility. He could have stayed on until he died, but he knows that as the Bishop of Rome, it is not about him. It is about the Church, which Christ founded and what is best for the Church is what is important.  

Thank You Pope Benedict XVI.

Ad multos Annos!

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John March 02, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I don't think his pontificate will have much impact on the future or the Church. The change in the wording of the mass does not change the meaning in any significant way but it did increase sales of new Missals. He's done more to alienate people from the church. He and the officials of the church around the world have given the press and others who would damage the church the ammunition they need for endless attacks on the church. They have forgotten that the people are the church, not Rome, not St. Peter's and not the pope or his cardinals or bishops.
Peace and Love March 03, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Wow! It's very clear that the writer is an extremely conservative Catholic. One who I might say would likely want those like me removed or reformed, rather than use his Catholic spirit to accept and embrace. With all of the explanation of the "restoration" of the dead language mass and the lashing out against homosexuals, I wonder if the writer will recall that the word Catholic means "universal", or “for all”. It is for God alone to judge the actions of any of us, and I wonder how he will judge the author's judging of others. I was raised in the Church as a student, an alter server, and now a Catholic school teacher. I choose to believe and remember the teachings of acceptance, love, forgiveness and faith. I was appalled when I was in church with my young daughter who was preparing for First Holy Communion, and the priest began to speak about signing a petition regarding gay marriage. He went on endlessly spewing hatred and discussing a topic I had not yet discussed myself with my daughter. While I can accept him even with this attitude, I have to wonder if he would accept me and the way I believe? We certainly can accept that there are those who have conservative, even misguided beliefs, and we can love them as we are called to do, and now it's time for a leader of the Church who will remove the barriers that call ALL to the Church. We need a Pope who is compassionate and understanding an progressive. I pray to God it will be so. Thank you, and may God bless you!
Rick March 13, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Being a documented Hitler Youth did not make him a bad person. Covering up Church sexual abuses and human rights violations made him a bad person.
Rick March 16, 2013 at 03:05 AM
The Pope is a wonderful man. He has absolutely nothing to do with the abuse. Blame the individual priests for that. Plus alot of those cases are false, just people trying to cash in.


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