I’m grateful to the Holy Father both for his clear-headed, calm, gentle, and much-better-man-than-I-am approach to presenting the Church’s teaching to a world (and often Church) full of screaming crazies, but in a primal way, for his appreciation of his role as father. The Church has been in short supply of fathers, what with so many bishops forgetting that role in favor of bureaucrat.
What amazes me is the sheer ingratitude some people manifest toward the Church and the Holy Father at every possible turn. The same “traditionalists” who, in 2005, were bitterly denouncing JPII for sticking out his papacy to the end as a witness to the value of human life (he was “clinging to power” we were told) even when debilitated are now denouncing B16 as a “coward” for humbling handing the papacy over to somebody who can manage the job.
If there is any prayer I have for the Church in the coming millennium, it’s that Catholics recover the meaning of the word “Eucharist” and begin to approach life with gratitude again and not endless carping complaint about everything.
That includes this Catholic.