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A Lament on the Resignation of Pope Benedict the Magnificent

In Benedict XVI, Catholicism, Christianity, Church, Culture War, God, Jesus, News, Opinion, Religion, Secularism, Thoughts, Tradition, Values on February 12, 2013 at 02:55

We thought you’d be with us for many more years, and that thought gave us some peace, even when the world made war on our souls. And now those years are cut to 16 days…

(This lament, which departs from departed state of this blog, was written after the first shock of learning that Pope Benedict XVI will resign the papal office.)

Your Holiness:

You are Peter, Kepha, Rock[1], the Lord Jesus had named the first of His earthly vicars, the first bishop of Rome[2]. His city was the new Babylon, the center of the greatest pagan empire on earth[3]; but by his ministry as its bishop and his witness unto death St. Peter assured its conversion into the capital City of God, the beating heart of the Body of Christ[4].

And in this century you were given to us, Blessed in name and Blessed in truth, amidst a world that wanted to tear down the New Jerusalem to build a New Sodom that even the ancient pagans would have cursed. And while innovators surrendered to the world’s assault, you turned humbly to the Lord and became the great instrument of His grace and truth[5].

And upon this Rock I will build my Church[6], Christ our Lord had said of Blessed Peter, and through Him of you, Benedictus Petrus. You allowed the ancient liturgy of the Latins its ancient freedom[7], and gave the new worship of the West a new depth. You upheld God’s truth and pointed out His hope, leading us through the straight and difficult path of His commandments, so that we might remain in His love[8].

And the gates of Hades will not prevail against the Church[9], promised the Lord, and He fulfilled it in you. For the world did not just reject the grace by which God raises our nature to Himself[10]; but it denounced even the nature He made in His image[11], making human life an optional value before selfishness and sin. But its culture of death could not topple the pillar and foundation of truth[12] which the Rock of Salvation had set upon His earthly, human vicar.

But how Satan tried you, as he tried the first vicar of Christ[13]. You, who fought to purge sin from priests’ souls, were blamed for the disease that had festered because of another shepherd’s medicine of mercy. Because you dared convict it of sin, the world that forgave the beam in other men’s eyes gnashed teeth at the speck in yours[14]. Worse, those who called themselves God-knowers worked for your fall, because their hearts were far from the God Whom their lips theologized[15].

Like them we found it pleasant and “free” to turn from His one fold[16] to follow our own way, till we drew too near to the roaring beast that devoureth. Too late we remembered the words of the first Peter, who warned against the adversary that prowls about[17]. But you held your ground before us, and by an old man’s strength kept the wicked lions from our souls[18]. How glad we were then to hear you call, as sheep hear the living voice of their shepherd[19].

For the Word made flesh[20] had said, Confirm your brethren[21]. So you held fast to the faith once delivered to the saints[22] by epistle and word of mouth[23], and by precept and example[24] your strength became ours. And when the world and its treasonous pastors stormed at the ark of our salvation, you piloted us without fear, and unfurled its sails that the Spirit would bear us to our true homeland.

Beloved Father, why do you now leave your children so suddenly? Who will now hold the bleeding and weeping body of Christ?

Beloved Shepherd, who will now feed the lambs and sheep[25]? Who will fight off the baying wolves when you are gone?

Beloved Teacher, who shall guide us when you turn silent? Who will speak the truth we need and hate to hear, the law we know and fear to follow?

Your Holiness, while our minds accept that you must go, our hearts do not—not yet—, and they are very broken. There is so much undone that may never now be accomplished, so many wounds to mend that may never now be healed. We thought you’d be with us for many more years, and that thought gave us some peace, even when the world made war on our souls. And now those years are cut to 16 days.

And we fear what shall pass when you leave. We know by faith that the Church will never fail[26], and we hope in Christ that we shall sail in Peter’s barque to paradise; but what if the next Peter is one who denies the Lord[27], and not one like you who was crucified in His name[28]? By grace the new Pontiff is the infallible rock on whom God set His kingdom[29]; but if he be a sinner in deeds or a compromiser in policy, then might we not stumble on his block?

And yet, always, Holy Father, we have faith in Christ Who promised to be with us always[30], and in His Spirit Who leads us into all truth, even those we could not yet bear[31]. We trust in your judgment that a man of strength in mind and body is needed for the office of Peter, and that this man is no longer you. And we choose to hope that this faith and trust will outlive the pain that sears us now and so much at your resignation.

Oh, Benedict, our Benedict, we love you and we will pray for you, as you have ever prayed for us. May God bless you always, as He has blessed us through you.

–indignus


[2] Pope St. Clement, Epistle to the Corinthians, v; and St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, III, iii, 2-3.

[7] Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum, art. 2, 5.

What the Pope’s Anglican policy means

In Anglicans, Benedict XVI, Catholicism, Christianity, Church, Conservative, Culture War, England, Faith, God, Jesus, News, Opinion, Orthodoxy, Religion, Tradition on October 21, 2009 at 02:43

For Pope Benedict the Magnificent, we bless and thank you, oh Lord our God! Read the rest of this entry »

Traditional Anglicans say “I do”

In Benedict XVI, Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Church, Conservative, Conversion, Ecumenism, Faith, News, Protestantism on October 21, 2009 at 01:00

Breaking News: The leader of Traditional Anglicans has declared that the process of reunion with Rome “will begin at once” Read the rest of this entry »

After Ondoy: A Photographic Record

In Asia, Catholicism, Christianity, Church, Food, Government, Human Rights, News, People Power, Personal, Philippine politics, Philippines, Society, Travel, Values on October 7, 2009 at 10:16

It has been 10 days since tropical storm “Ondoy” Read the rest of this entry »

Prayer for disaster victims; against calamities

In Asia, Catholicism, Christianity, Church, Faith, God, Liturgy, Manila, News, Philippines, Prayer, Religion on October 2, 2009 at 15:51

They all need our help in the long term; let us not fail themRead the rest of this entry »

Politics: a path of holiness

In Born Again, Catholicism, Christian Democracy, Christianity, Church, Ethics, Faith, God, Grace, Jesus, Law, News, Politics, Protestantism, Religion, Saints, Salvation, Society, Spirituality, Theology, Thomism on June 29, 2009 at 08:45

Those who wield politics as God intended become His instruments  for  the salvation of the worldRead the rest of this entry »

Bishops, AKP denounce Con-Ass, call for protests

In Catholicism, Christian Democracy, Church, Constitution, Democracy, Government, Law, News, People Power, Philippine politics, Philippines, Politics on June 5, 2009 at 20:05

“The  people should air their voice, said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, “before it’s too late”… Read the rest of this entry »

Pope Benedict XVI: Remember Lenten fast

In Benedict XVI, Catholicism, Christianity, Church, Faith, Food, God, Holidays, Jesus, Liturgy, News, Prayer, Religion, Spirituality on February 11, 2009 at 02:55

This is an excellent reminder, for at Lent we commemorate how Christ suffered and died that we might rise to new life in Him… Read the rest of this entry »

Philippine baselines bill passes Bicam

In Constitution, Government, Law, News, Philippine politics, Philippines, Politics on February 9, 2009 at 21:48

On this point the joint Executive-Senate determination, now adopted by the House, was essentially correct… Read the rest of this entry »

The Supreme Court and Philippine politics

In Asia, Christian Democracy, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, EDSA, Ethics, Government, Law, Manila, News, People Power, Philippine politics, Philippines, Politics on January 18, 2009 at 11:57

Cui bono? Who benefits if Justice Puno is kicked out of office?… The patrimonialists and the advocates of constitutional revision… Read the rest of this entry »

Defend Justice Puno, says Kapatiran Party

In Asia, Christian Democracy, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Ethics, God, Government, Human Rights, Law, Manila, News, Opinion, People Power, Philippine politics, Philippines, Politics, Society, Values on January 17, 2009 at 22:38

“Justice Puno has protected us with heroism and conviction. Now it is our turn to protect him…” Read the rest of this entry »

Kapatiran calls presscon vs. charter change

In Christian Democracy, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Democracy, Government, Manila, News, People Power, Philippine politics, Philippines, Pinoy on December 9, 2008 at 21:28

ANG Kapatiran, which we noted (here) to be a Philippine political party championing authentic Christian democracy, will hold a press conference tomorrow against the proposal to amend the Philippine Constitution before 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

Social unrest hits Chinese city (from Asianews)

In Asia, China, Economy, Government, News, Politics, Society, Thoughts on December 4, 2008 at 21:39

Is China’s Communist Party losing the mandate of heaven? Read the rest of this entry »

China arrests bishop as Olympics close (from CWN)

In Asia, Atheism, Catholicism, China, Christianity, Church, Civil Liberties, Faith, God, Human Rights, News, Politics, Prayer, Religion on August 27, 2008 at 00:00

Underground Christians had predicted a crackdown after the games, when the media had turned its eyes away, and events seem to be proving them correct… Read the rest of this entry »

Truthfest tonight in Manila. Let’s all join!

In Catholicism, Christian Democracy, Christianity, Church, Culture, Democracy, EDSA, Faith, Government, Holidays, Manila, News, People Power, Philippine politics, Philippines, Pinoy, Politics, Religion on August 22, 2008 at 12:12

Sa gabos/tanan/lahat na kapanalig, kababayan, at kapalangga, just a final reminder:

The Truthfest is on tonight! Read the rest of this entry »