I was reading the local paper, and a parish priest was quoted in an article about the new Pope. I found his comments rather disturbing and non-doctrinal, but I wondered - is it just me? The article was about Catholic leaders in the area and their thoughts on the new Pope. Several priests were interviewed. The statements by this one priest were the ones of concern to me, because when I returned to the CC last month, his church was the one I started attending.
Here’s the quote (NOTE: I think the newpaper editor made a typo where it reads “John Paul XXIII”. Also I left out this priest’s name) :
The Rev. ________, called Ratzinger a “brilliant churchman” and said he has faith the man would face tough questions constructively.
At 78, Ratzinger appears to have been chosen as a transitional pope, ______ said.
“The wisdom of the group was to try to bridge to another pope,” he said.
Still, ______ noted that other transitional popes, John Paul XXIII among them, ushered in great and lasting change for the Catholic Church.
“There’s great anticipation for this new pope that will certainly listen to the anguish of many Catholics,” ______ said.
At the death of Pope John Paul II, ______ said a progressive pontiff was needed. At the time, he noted “a great anticipation” was growing to see how the church would address the divisiveness over homosexuality, the ordination of women, divorce, as well as questions borne from science such as cloning, and those borne from suffering like euthanasia.
“Religious leaders need a great amount of insight and a reexamination of how we respond to these challenges,” ______ said at the time. “I don’t think the American nation can just accept the answer no.”
“There has to be a more compelling explanation why this isn’t in the spirit of Christ.”
Do you see what mean? Should I run, not walk, away from this church? I have been having second thoughts anyway, because this church had advertised that Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) presentation last week, and the church seems to be good buddies with that group.
When I went to Mass there, it was a very traditional Mass, so I thought they would be a church that followed Catholic doctrines. But all of this makes me think it is not the church for me.
Last week I went to a different church in the area, but it had a less-traditional Mass (standing during part of the Consecration, some of those “Kumbaya” songs). Fortunately, I live near Chicago, so there are tons of Catholic Churches around. I guess I just have to keep trying!
Anyway, your opinions on this will be much appreciated, whatever they may be.