Note- the point I’m making is general it doesn’t refer to any specific act or statement of the current Pope.
Fr. Hunwicke’s post which I linked to in my last post came well timed. We have had a local Catholic radio station for a couple of years now. I had decided a couple of months ago there was absolutely no way I could listen on the drive home. They had changed the schedule and the Al Kresta show is now on at that time. He primarily discusses Catholic issues in public life, but it is in his own neo-conservative and Americanist perspective, one which I quite disagree with. He also speaks from that dangerous and annoying position, which I have written of before (here and here), in which the papacy is elevated into a sort of super-papacy.
Anyway yesterday I unwittingly flipped on the radio just in time to catch the last 2 minutes of his show. He was saying something which I heard him say several months ago about the time I wrote him off. “I don’t understand how this helps the new evangelization, all these conservative Catholics who criticize the popes opinion you can’t say ‘come join Christ’s church it’s the true Church… but the guy leading it is an nut’” I of course don’t know the context and this isn’t verbatim since I haven’t gone looking for a transcript or archived recording, but it doesn’t matter. I got really irritated and was literally yelling at the radio “No, no, he’s the pope… he’s just the pope, he’s not God incarnate”.
NO, Wrong. What doesn’t help evangelization new or otherwise is being dishonest. It’s entirely possible for an imbecile to be elected pope. The pope in his personal opinions can be very wrong. In his acts in governing the Church he can be imprudent and damaging. The fact that the Church is divine is confirmed not confounded by these things. The head of the Church is Jesus Christ not the man sitting in Peters place. The Papacy has a special role, but acting like groupies for the current occupant of that office regardless of who he is, and pretending he is some sort of demigod (aside from being contrary to what the church actually teaches about the office of Pope) isn’t going convert those outside the Church who think we mindlessly submit to a man in place of God. One has to wonder… if Al lived in the time of Pope Alexander VI if he would have been opposed to speaking out about the countless papal concubines in that papacy.
Rant thus ended.