On inefficient church governance and other thoughts

28 04 2009

vatican

I have not commented on “churchy” stuff in a while, and since I know people like to comment on that kind of thing, I will write a some lines on it.

Via Fr. Chadwick’s page, I found this George Weigel essay on how Pope Benedict’s theological brilliance is being eclipsed by the foibles of the “old boy” network of the Vatican Curia. An interesting read all around. I do have to disagree with his characterization of the Lefebvrists: their problems are far from just being political, though it is hard to separate that aspect of it from their legitimate critiques, as I well know from personal experience. My real underlying thought, one that many of you can already predict, is a big “so what?” Maybe the Gospel isn’t being preached because of the old school methods of some Italian ecclesiastics. But to think having a well-oiled bureaucratic machine will lead to a better church is something that I find highly unlikely. Like Gideon on the battlefield, perhaps God is counting on our human weakness to show that only He can save the Church.
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Pastor Bonus

16 04 2008

I just thought this was a cute quote, from an article by George Weigel on the Papal visit:

Benedict’s catechetical skills with children are also
striking. Six months after his election, he met
thousands of Italian 8- and 9-year-olds who had just
made their first communion. One of them asked how
Jesus could be present in the consecrated bread and
wine of the Eucharist when “I can’t see him!”

To which the pope replied, “No, we cannot see him;
there are many things we do not see, but they exist
and are essential … We do not see an electric current;
yet we see that it exists. We can see that this
microphone is working, and we see lights. We do not
see the very deepest things, those that really sustain
life and the world, but we can see and feel their
effects … So it is with the Risen Lord: we do not see
him with our eyes, but we see that wherever Jesus is,
people change, they improve, there is a greater
capacity for peace, for reconciliation …

In the end, that is all we can say about God: His existence is as certain as flipping a switch, though His existence is not as visible. But we know He is there. He is the ground of all that we do, think, and feel.