Another Roundup of Reactions on Benedict’s Move – UPDATE

First — best comment of the day, from I know not where. Stole it from Mark Shea on Facebook:

“Pope joins Twitter. Loses interest in job.”

I think part of the reason some people have had trouble processing what Benedict is doing — aside from the fact that we’ve never seen this in our lifetimes — is that we have become so habitually ironic that we don’t know how else to be. But even irony has grown stale. Only authenticity can still surprise us, and being shaken from our torpor today suggests that authenticity has been in short supply. That can’t be a good thing.

Anyhow, with no fanfare at all, here are some links to really good stuff that flew by, today, in the fast, furious reactions to Benedict’s big news:

That lightning strike at St. Peter’s tonight? After Benedict’s news today? Fuggedaboudit. As Joanne writes, Benedict has seen the lightning and rejoiced…he knows how Psalm 29 ends. Don’t miss this piece — especially if your’e afraid of lightning.

Speaking of the lightning: More thoughts from Rick

Haters gonna hate, so Consider the source and let it go.

Or, if you can’t let it go, post a message of thanks to Benedict at this website

Msgr. Charles Pope, a beautiful blog post. Poignant.

So is this piece by Will

If you haven’t been following Radio Vaticana this is a good time to start. They’ve been just superb today! And if you’re not following New Advent, then same deal

Speaking of Radio: Kathryn Lopez, Dwight Longenecker and me, chatting with Ed Morrissey on Benedict.

Speaking of Fr. Dwight: He has a nice piece up at the Washington Post. Different, but really good. So is this piece, different and good.

Coming from a strict Protestantism, Calah, a convert on, “The pope who came to me…” It’s been a curious thing to discover that I am not the only one who felt that Benedict spoke “to me…”. Seems many do.

Videos: George Weigel hits a triple and Father Robert Barron a home run.

I think so too, in time: Pope Benedict XVI’s relatively unmomentous papacy may yet prove to be of resounding consequence.

He’s a small man, but he packs a punch, our Benedict

At First Things: An Evangelical looks at Benedict and prays that the next pope will be as “human.” An Anabaptist appreciates him, too!

Courageous Humility: A lot of people putting those two words together today.

Satire: Because why not?

Also amusing: Benedict’s resignation vs Steve Jobs’

Prophecy?: Meh. Stick with what works

Some people want to start guessing. Remember, the Italians have a saying, “go in to the conclave a presumed pope; come out a Cardinal!” But here’s a list of the Cardinals. One of them must do. I have a friend who likes this guy for the next Vicar. Hey, a Middle Eastern Pope? Might be time!

Here’s more talk of new popes

Speaking of Lebanon: I love this pic

Persecution? Yes, of course. Oh, Papa!

Mission and missteps: The Papacy after Benedict

Not everyone is feeling sad

Ugh. Just ugh, already

A 2003 Short Story: “We Have a Pope” by Christopher Buckley

Patheos say Be not afrai’. Except of this woman and this woman, if you’re saying the wrong things. Don’t say the wrong things.

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday. And then, as Deacon Greg says: look at the ashes, but remember the flame… Sounds like something Benedict would say.

The Ash Wednesday Homily I would Give!

If you want to understand mercy, Work Your Lent

More tomorrow, as the story unfolds, the Cardinals gather, and I try to figure out if I have skymiles enough to get to Rome, Italy, or only to Rome, New York!

UPDATE: And now for something completely different.

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  • Pat Gohn

    Actually my favorite quote was from Dom Bettinelli (@bettnet) on Twitter:

    “Even Apple has to be impressed by the secrecy with which this announcement was kept. #PopeResigns” Find Dom and find his tweet here:

  • bill bannon

    Benedict gave “reason” a bigger place than normal at Regensburg, in the condom comment in the interview book, and here in not seeing the papacy as a marathon run to the death. Pope Paul VI’s comment that you can’t resign paternity was an inaccurate metaphor….papacy is also a job that requires one’s faculties.

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  • DeLynn

    Count me as another of your readers very curious about your reaction to the news! Once again, you did not disappoint. It makes so much sense to me that a man of such grace and humility would resign if he felt he couldn’t carry out his job. However, I am not Catholic, and don’t have the emotional attachment to Pope Benedict or his office—so I wondered what you’d have to say. I can’t imagine the weight on him as he prayed and thought about this decision knowing that no pope had resigned in 600 years! I pray many blessings on this man and am particularly grateful for his stand for life. I love this quote of his that you posted on his birthday last year:

    “I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.”

    “I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty.”

  • Adam

    These are interesting times. I’d like to say that I’m sad (and maybe on a deep level, I am), but I’m also kind of excited. You have to give his holiness credit: instead of dying and launching us into the tradition of awaiting the next conclave, he’s taken a nearly unprecedented step in abdicating. He’s gotten the entire world talking about Catholicism again! Maybe in doing this, he’s inviting the faithful and non-faithful alike to take a closer look at this 2,000-year old institution. This is exciting!

  • Mary

    Pope Bendict’s significance does not come from his title. It comes from knowing, loving and serving Jesus Christ. The secular world and the secular media does not get it.

  • Will

    I don’t think it was the Tweeting. I think the Holy Father was just really depressed by the Hobbit movie.

  • Dorgon

    I don’t think it was the tweeting. I think the Holy Father was just really depressed by the Hobbit movie.

  • Victor

    Anchoress, you’ll again have to forgive me for not having read and/or seen all that you’ve worked so hard to provide but I did read the comments and “I’M” sure that The Holy Spirit will guide me although the rest of what me, myself and i don’t really know is how this is going to end. “I” know that sinner vic could go on and on, on fire so “I’M” going to make this short cause during my almost 43 years of marriage which included five little girls within the Catholic church, the last thing “I” want is to write a book and get good people in trouble so long story short, through twitter and the likes, I believe that this holy man has been seduced by U>S (usual sinners) and found out that he is not really a super man NOW!

    I’ll close by saying that many humans get that all the time.


    Longer story short

  • Bill M.

    Thank you for all the links, St Elizabeth the Aggregator!

  • Captain_Dg

    Elizabeth, yours is the only forum that can give a proper airing to Margaret Carlson’s totally awesome B16 react: “He directed most of his energies to keeping women and gay men out of the priesthood and reprimanding nuns who were paying insufficient attention to his pronouncements.” ( I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or let me cats run on the key board so they too can get paid for such insight.