Sunday, April 04, 2010

Pope Difficult the Last - A Golden Calf Led To Slaughter

Just when you think they would have gotten control of their message, a pope whose only appropriate garb is sack cloth, appears in spun gold. Hard to avoid the comparisons. Do we dance before this golden idol? Or, is this a pascal sacrificial lamb that Cardinal Sodano is proclaiming? If I am metaphorically confused, what are the average American Catholics feeling when they read this?

Dressed in gold robes and shielded from a cool drizzle by a canopy, Benedict looked weary as he listened to Sodano's speech at the start of Mass in the cobblestone square bedecked with daffodils, tulips and azaleas.

''With this spirit today we rally close around you, successor to (St.) Peter, bishop of Rome, the unfailing rock of the holy church,'' Sodano said. ''Holy Father, on your side are the people of God, who do not allow themselves to be influenced by the petty gossip of the moment, by the trials which sometimes buffet the community of believers.''
The thought has begun to cross my mind that Cardinal Sodano and all the others who most ardently sing the praises of B16 know full well what they are doing: making a dirge from the sidelines of his cart ride to the gallows. This could be the most genteel throwing of anyone under a bus that has ever been performed. Perhaps the hierarchy has decided that Pope Difficult the Last needs to go, and that the only way to do it is to magnify the absurdity of the situation. As tone deaf as these men can be, surely they know the meaning of the deaf ear.

Does this pope, like Miss Diana Ross, still believe he can pack an arena and sell out a world tour? Granted, he's got Sodano and another 170 cardinals singing back-up.

According to the report there were only tens of thousands in attendance. In my day, whenever we did one of those outdoor papal masses - we called them papal picnics - the faithful numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?


In the Kitchen With Don said...

I think this is going to be the end of the Roman Catholic Church as we know it. Either there will be major reform (which I am doubting) or the church will turn in on itself and become a third world cult more and more like Society of St. Pius X, bitter and hate filled toward anyone that that doesn't toe the papal line. Like you, I often wonder what will be the response of the average American Joe and Jane in the pew. I've tried to feel out my very devout converts sister and brother-in-law, but they just won't talk about it. I don't know if it is because they are confused in what to think or they are trying to be sensitive to my experience with abuse. It could prove to be interesting times for the Roman Catholic Church in America and the world!

Inter Glossa said...

The crimes that led to this were tragic but the current outcry is not. In Massachusetts the power of the Catholic Church was such that it could effortlessly lead a successful effort to rescind Boston and Cambridge domestic partners ordinances in 1991. Ten years later after all the scandals the Church could not make any headway in putting a marriage constitutional amendment on the ballot at all. We would not have imagined this change to be possible until we had seen it. t

Birdie said...

Somebody needs to fire the Vatican speechwriter. B16 referred to "not allowing oneself to be intimidated by the petty gossip of dominant opinion" on Palm Sunday. Did they not learn from the reaction to that poor choice of words? Perhaps you're right. To echo the refrain that inspired shock and anger might be the way to showing B16 the wisdom of saving his "health" in retirement.

This is like watching a slow-motion train wreck; only this time it's two trains colliding and we have no idea who will emerge alive, if injured.

Joltin' Joe has left and gone away.

Jeremiah Andrews said...

I've often heard it said, here in Montreal, that there are many Catholic Churches. The church in Europe, the church in Canada, the church in the U.S. The churches in Latin America and Africa.

All of them follow different guidelines to appease the people. I have definitely heard that the church in Europe is well out of touch with the rest of the world. While they rally the troops in St. Peter's Square, the churches worldwide are sinking into an abyss they won't be able to get out of.

I don't believe that a worldwide purge of sinners will work at this point. The damage is already done. The church has been foundering even before the death of JPII, he turned a blind eye and so does his successor. The old are not wanted and like the above posters have said, this may be the beginning of the end of Holy Mother Church.

Factions will split off if the body crumbles. Churches in other countries will rally their people and will survive in Latin America and Africa. We know how proud those church leaders are.

What ever happens in Rome, it may not have an effect in other countries. What should they do, ship all the sinners to a penal colony for the rest of their lives? There is no real solution with the damage that's already done.

If Rome falls, the liquidation sale will feed the third world countries of the world forever.

The faithful will still have their God. And the good leaders of the faith will lead those people. There are still some good men in ministry and the church will need those men and women to take the lead should Rome fall.

This crisis has been coming for decades. They say that a spiritual awakening is coming in 2012. The fall of the church would precipitate such a spiritual upheaval of immense proportions.

Just a few of my thoughts.


Anonymous said...

Just after you compliment Timothy Dolan, he falls into lockstep with the PR machine from Rome. B-16, the maniacal bombastic kamikaze Pope.
Is is too warm for the ermine stole today???