Oh, Did Someone Call A Doctor…

… Because I got the cure for what ails you.

A friend once mentioned that he wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Benedict was recognized as a Doctor of the Church. You know, when people tell me how much they love Pope Francis because they didn’t like Pope Benedict I always say the same thing — “May you come to love Benedict through knowing Francis.”

Maybe I can come to know Francis through loving Benedict.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • Sherry

    We have to stop saying, I belong to Peter or I belong to Paul. May we come to love Christ through both Francis and Benedict. (Both and).

    • Simon D

      You know what? I resent that analogy, not because it’s wrong, but because it seems to fault the wrong side. I have heard few homilies in months that haven’t invoked and praised Francis, and which haven’t implicitly bashed Benedict. One could be forgiven for wondering whether this is the Catholic Church or the cultus novus Francisci. And it seems to me that one doesn’t get to play the “I don’t belong to Paul or Apolos” card when one is constantly thrashing out the rhythm “Isn’t Apollos wonderful, isn’t it wonderful that Apollos is here now, isn’t it wonderful that we finally have a pope like Apollos, we have to follow Apollos’ example,” etc. Our problem isn’t Benedictines saying “I belong to Benedict,” our problem is the pervasive chorus of “I belong to Francis.” It’s creepy, it’s cultish, it’s divisive, and it’s exhausting.

      • Sherry

        Was thinking, I’ve heard those who love Pope Benedict, and from those who love Pope Francis, and while we may be attracted to the particular charism of a singular past or present pope, (and I’m not a isn’t Pope Francis wonderful person), it is Christ we should seek.

        • Simon D

          Again, tell it to the Francis fetishists. I don’t remember even the most Benedictine clergy being so completely enthralled and beholden. I don’t remember hearing, week after week, the high points of what Pope Benedict had said. This resembles less a pontificate than it does the Marian cult.

  • pedroerik

    I love Benedict and the Church. I pray for Francis. I do not see any problem with that.

  • Kate Bluett

    I’ve loved both of them. Strangely though, the farther I get from JPII, the more “meh” I feel about him. So I have a canonization to come to terms with. Or with which to come to terms.

    • http://tonylayne.blogspot.com/ Anthony S. Layne

      Feel free to end the sentence with the preposition if it’s too clunky the (ahem! ahem!) correct way. Also go wild and split infinitives, because they’re splittable. As for me, seven years later I’m still impressed by Papa Wojtyla, and wish I’d paid more attention from the beginning.

      • Kate Bluett

        Yeah, I suspect that I’m just missing something re: JPII. I hope it’ll pop up for me, and I’ll get it.
        And I call the cruse of the proofreaders down on you, for daring to boldly split the infinitive! Oh wait…

  • http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ CT Catholic Corner

    I’m trying to work on that myself. I’ll pray for you and I hope you’ll pray for me that we both come to love Francis as we did others before him.

  • Leticia Adams

    I love them all. JPII was Pope when I was Baptist and his face always called out to me and pulled at my heart like a loving grandfather. I saw B16 when I was in Rome right before coming in to the Church on Easter Vigil 2010 and he was my first Papa. now Francis who speaks the words that were spoken to me when I came Home a broken hot mess. Jesus was smart to leave us a Pope, they are all Peter and God works through all of them. Maybe some of us, and I very much include myself in this, need to quit thinking about *me* so much and just be thankful for all of those who are hearing that God loves them, even if they truly believe He doesn’t even exist, much less gives a damn about them.

  • cathblax

    Listen to what Al Kresta has to say. He has wonderful wisdom and insight.

  • Simon D

    We just celebrated the feast of St. Francis (the real one) and of course that’s eight centuries ago now. Eight centuries later and we’re still talking about that man, and his contemporary St. Dominic, of whom those of us who attend Franciscan parishes mostly likely heard also this weekend. Eight centuries hence, people will still be reading Joseph Ratzinger. We will still be illuminated by that great light of the Church. And this one? This one will be the answer to the perplexing Catholic trivia question “Who was the first successor of Benedict the Great on the See of Peter?”


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