I didn’t know how to answer this. Here’s what a fellow Catholic said to me.
“The Catholic Church is the true Church but its culture is that of monarchy and secrecy and its culture of constant self praise and self defense is what is wrong…not its dogma nor its liturgy nor its store of graces from the saints. It’s culture is arrested just like Toynbee hinted it was several times in Study of History. Right now Pope Benedict is doing a series of catechesis on the Fathers to the people who attend his audience.”
“Sorry. We don’t need authors. We have them up to our gills. His audience will never read the Fathers actually. I know. I’ve read most of Augustine and I see no knowledge of him on the blogs when the moment is appropo for someone to know him.
We need the Pope to be ruling by looking into all the things that these blogs are complaining about: abortion speakers at Catholic Colleges/ gay centers at Catholic colleges/ nuns in Canada thinking Mary is God/ a curia official getting caught in a gay meet from the internet.”
“WE DON’T NEED AUTHORS WHICH IS WHAT POPES HAVE BECOME INSTEAD OF ACTIVE RULERS…because authoring is more peaceful than ruling is. Every manager chooses the nice part of being an exec and avoids facing talking to the angry customer. Popes do the avoiding by writing exclusively…and attending a myriad of ceremonies while the blogs have to face what results from their wasting so much time on visiting groups and visiting symphony musicians and visiting choral groups. Momma Mia. If a consultant examined the papal year, he’d find 90% of it could be skipped so that the Pope could clean up the speaker rostrum in Catholic colleges and revamp the Jesuits.”
“But since the Popes never have to face cross examinations by anyone including tough reporters (only they and the Queen of England have done this in the West) therefore they can live in the dream world of authoring books on peaceful subjects while the blogs will be filled with controversies for the next 20 years that should not exist if POPES WERE RULING INSTEAD OF AUTHORING. The canons give them power that is “supreme” and “immediate”…and they would rather write. John Paul wrote the Theology of the Body while he should have been taking drastic measures until there were no more pervs in the clergy…and now Benedict is writing about the Fathers and the gospel while he should be investigating the speakers at Catholic colleges…and ruling as to who is right about Plan B for rape victims: the Connecticut Bishops or the Bishops who denounce it. Where is the ruler? He’s writing. And so you’ll have Plan B in Connecticut and Plan Z in Seattle for the next hundred years.”
HOW DO WE ANSWER THIS!