Okay so I admit it, I loved my time in ministry within the Catholic Church. The Basillian Fathers and Sisters I served with totally got what it meant to live Christ in their community. By now, everyone has probably heard/read the resignation that shook the globe, he has become one of five, and the first in 600 years to abdicate (royal head of state don’tcha know); resign from the Holy See due to ill health. Pope Benedict XVI is about to go back to being just theologian (retired) Josef Ratzinger. Setting aside all the questions regarding what it will mean to have a living ex-pope and newly minted new pope before Easter 2013 for the almost 1.2 billion catholics awaiting their new Holy Father…
Let’s see what this man of God could do to transform the world’s perception of his corporation:
1) Announce an open vote for parishes instead of a conclave, this motion made ex-cathedra could not be revoked and be truly transformative for the Body of Christ, where Palm Sunday parishners could vote and on Easter Sunday the new holder of the Seat of Peter can be celebrated.
2) Decentralize/close and liquidate the Vatican making the monies available as a living micro-finance venture/affordable housing/free medical care faculty for the world truly transforming our globe and showing what the selflessness of Christ’s miracles were truly about.
3) Release all sealed/secret papers, files and books from all Diocessan offices and the Vatican. Truly shine the light of the Holy brightly to illuminate all the evil, and all the good this body has done for the world, and let the chips fall where they may.
4) End mandatory celibacy, allow marrieds and singles, male or female (or any other blooming label humanity wishes to use to divide us) to answer the vocational call of the Holy Mystery to ordination.
5) Issue a decree for all Catholic Diocese/churches to surrender their charitable- tax-exempt statuses to breath a renewed soul through manna into society.
Pope Benedict, you still have time to radically let the Holy Spirit work to create a legacy for Christ within this world…17 days for a pope is a long time…
It is time to gather as the collective body of Christ and pray for our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic Church, as their leader has abandoned them, and their cardinals will gather end of the month to choose a new successor to Peter…perhaps the Spirit will once again move and the work started at Vatican II will be completed…
- TEXT & VIDEO OF POPE BENEDICT XVI’s RESIGNATION | WORLD SHOCKED (shanepedia.wordpress.com)
- Pope Benedict XVI to resign, Vatican confirms (metro.co.uk)
- First pope since 1415 to resign as leader of Catholic Church… (news.sky.com)
- Pope resigning: Denver Catholics express surprise (denverpost.com)
- Pope Benedict XVI’s Successor May Be First Non-European Supreme Pontiff (washington.cbslocal.com)
- The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI: Is It Health? Or Politics? Or Both? (world.time.com)
- Pope Benedict Steps Down At 85.. (justspititoutalreadyenterinform.com)
- BREAKING NEWS: Pope Benedict XVI Resigning (witn.com)
- Shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI (canadafreepress.com)
- You: Pope Benedict XVI resigns due to age and declining health (guardian.co.uk)