Our Holy Father

Critics of the Catholic Church have found much to fret about since the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Though he has exhibited a deep understanding of our postmodern culture and an intense concern for evangelizing the secular West, many modern pundits have dismissed the new Pope as a cranky conservative whose defense of traditional Catholic teachings will lead the Church into inevitable decline.

If he continues to hold the line on such issues as artificial birth control, abortion, homosexuality and women’s ordination, they argue, the pews will empty out and the Catholic Church will forfeit its influence on our public life.

Pope Benedict XVI

The conventional wisdom of the critics holds that a church attracts more converts by conforming to its members than by challenging its members to conform to the church. They argue that in today’s post-Christian culture, the narrow, rugged path of orthodoxy is simply too tough to travel. Since most people have already abandoned that path, the church’s only hope for survival is to follow them down the broader, more comfortable superhighway of theological and moral relativism.

Such conclusions are dominant in public discussions of the Church’s future. They are also dead wrong. As the case of mainline Protestant churches so aptly demonstrates, the liberalization of sexual mores and the dilution of doctrine amounts to institutional suicide for those churches.

By following the siren song of cultural accommodation in the hopes of appeasing disgruntled members and attracting new ones, liberal Protestant church leaders have seen their pews emptied, their Christian witness compromised and their cultural influence diminished. Their members, meanwhile, have fled to churches that defend traditional faith and mores.

A study conducted a few years ago by the Glenmary Research Centre verified this trend. Researchers found that between 1990 and 2000, the congregations that grew fastest were socially conservative churches that demanded high commitment from their members — a category that includes the Traditional Catholic Church, as well as some evangelical and Pentecostal churches. Socially liberal churches, meanwhile, were hemorrhaging members at the fastest rate. As the centre’s director, sociologist Ken Sanchagrin, explained to The New York Times, “the more liberal the denomination, by most people’s definition, the more members they were losing.” That phenomenon is not new. Sociologist Rodney Stark unearthed a similar dynamic when studying early Church history for his book, The Rise of Christianity. Stark’s review of the evidence led him to conclude that many of the characteristics that made Christianity flourish in the pagan culture of the Roman empire are the same ones that make socially conservative churches flourish in our neo-pagan culture today. In contrast to their pagan contemporaries, the early Christians preached a radical message about God’s love, defended the dignity of the human person, and embraced countercultural values. Their distinctive behaviour and beliefs attracted the interest of outsiders, and their unflinching fidelity to the teachings of Jesus made the early Church grow by leaps and bounds.

Such lessons of history — both ancient and modern — are often ignored by the champions of Church reform today. But they are not lost nor overlooked by Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI has taken up the mantle of the new evangelization, and he has wisely recognized that it will succeed only if the Church proposes a compelling alternative to the dominant relativism of our day, not a baptized imitation of it. His plan for Church renewal disregards conventional wisdom in favour of the supernatural. For that, and for the election of this wise and faithful shepherd, Catholics should be deeply grateful.


21 Responses to “Our Holy Father”

  1. 1 andrea August 26, 2009 at 17:22

    Long Live to Pope! Non so se ho scritto bene in inglese. Viva il Papa!

  2. 2 Stelvio August 26, 2009 at 17:32

    Andrea, anch’io amo questo papa e hai detto bene 🙂

    Nella chiesa è necessaria (e dovrebbe esserci realmente) una grande libertà di dibattito, di giudizio e di critica. E c’è una altrettanto grande, inviolabile necessità di comprensione e di amore. Anzi: la comprensione e l’amore dovrebbero essere così sovrabbondanti da non fermarsi mai dentro il recinto ecclesiale, ma da diffondersi sempre e comunque al di là, specialmente verso quelli che ci appaiono i lontani, i peccatori.

  3. 3 Marcie August 26, 2009 at 17:41

    I LOVE THIS POPE, love his vision, his moral clarity, his sense of good and evil. Pray for him, always.

  4. 4 Karin August 26, 2009 at 18:03

    Conventional “wisdom” definitely has it backwards. The Church and of course our Holy father have it right. They are not to come down to society’s level, but rather bring society up to where the Church is in its truth.
    Prayers for our Church and our Holy Father.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

  5. 5 Peter August 26, 2009 at 18:37

    A pope is not a politician. He has no next election waiting in the wings, only the Last Judgment.
    Benedict XVI seems quiet and meek but he is a strong man in his faith and he is not afraid to speak out. He is a natural born teacher and a very good one at that! He is leading the Church back towards Christ but he is 80 years old and he is surrounded by wolves. Yes, let’s pray for him.
    I too love my German Shepherd.

  6. 6 anne bender August 26, 2009 at 19:18

    I just love the slogan “I love my German Shepherd”! That is the greatest!

    I will never forget the day the white smoke came from the chimney. I was just leaving for Mass on my lunch break and all of the church bells were ringing like crazy! I practically ran to church, I was so excited. A reporter was sitting in the back row with me, and after Mass she asked me what I thought of the new pope. All I could say was “joy, joy, joy!”

    He is smart and he is holy and he is perfect for our Church!

    Thanks for this post Gabriella! You are wonderful!

  7. 7 Mary Nicewarner August 26, 2009 at 22:24

    Again the Lord has blessed us with a great Pope. He has been a firm rock despite the brutal onslaught of the press and certain public figures. As for protestant churches that are falling, many of them are no longer even following the Ten Commandments. Can you still be a Christian church and no longer follow the Word of God? I think not! They are like leaky boats that are taking on too much water. Leaky boats eventually sink. Doctrinal error will sink a church pretty quickly.

  8. 8 Brian August 26, 2009 at 22:59

    Gabriella –

    I LOVE this Pope. Long live Pope Benedict XVI !!

    Holy Mother Church – The Bride Of Christ – always a Mother – love – never changing – nurturing, teaching – Oh how I love our Church.

    Thank you Jesus for giving us our most wonderful Pope Benedict XVI !

    And all God’s blessings to you Gabriella!

  9. 9 Cinzia August 27, 2009 at 00:49

    Gabriella, your brilliant posts get better and better.

    This one is … well what’s an adjective that’s better than brilliant?

    The Holy Spirit knows what He’s doing when watching over cardinals at pope election time!

    I hope this wonderful Pope lives to be at least 101! The world desperately needs him. What a figure of strength, integrity, knowledge and above all courage.

    Gabriella, you have a superb gift. Why don’t you send your articles to various newspapers for publishing? I tend to think they are too good for this blog alone …. they should be read by a much wider community. That’s my thought.

    Viva il Papa e viva Gabriella!

  10. 10 Griff August 27, 2009 at 00:52

    I can attest, as a recent convert, that what is said here about what is and is not looked for in the Church is very true. I came to the Church looking for Truth through Orthodoxy, not liberalism (which, being a heresy, can only detract from Truth), which was in fact the very last thing that I wanted to see. The fact that I have seen it nonetheless is a disappointment.

    Liberalism, in and out of the Church, is a transient, amoral falsehood that we must attempt to eradicate, and the sooner the better. In my heart of hearts I know that as a creed it will fade and die into the consigns of history along with the Cathars, the Free Spirits, the Anabaptists and every other type of ‘Do what thou wilt’ ‘New Age’ philosophy that has stained our world since.

    I am utterly thankful to God for a Pope like the one that we have: it was he, in fact, and his devotion to Truth, that played one of the largest roles in my conversion,

    May God bless him more and more each day!

  11. 11 Antonella Oliver August 27, 2009 at 08:39

    I too love this Pope and actually loved him as Cardinal Ratzinger and his writings. Yes, God is in control of His Church regardless the wolves in sheep’s clothing. And we have the knowledge that in the end, when all seems at its worst, that the Church will triumph. Let us pray for the leaders of our church and especially our Pope.

  12. 12 Margaret August 27, 2009 at 17:03

    I am another recent convert to Roman Catholicism for all the reasons pointed out in Gabriella’s fine post.

    Benedict XVI and his theology, his massive integrity and humility and, last but not least, his courage now and all through his life, is one of the greatest witnesses for Jesus Christ in the history of Christianity. He is a true apostle.

    Thank you Joseph Ratzinger for giving your life to bring people to Christ and His Church. Plese God, don’t take him away from us soon. And thank you for this man.

  13. 13 Shirley August 27, 2009 at 19:40

    Our Pope’s got it right. Viva Papa! “Thou art Rock, and upon this Rock I will build My Church”

  14. 14 Davide August 28, 2009 at 00:51

    NOVENA FOR THE POPE (translated from the Latin by FSSP):

    One Our Father
    Three Hail Marys
    One Glory Be

    And the following prayer:

    V. Let us pray for Our Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict,
    R. May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies.

    V. Thou art Peter,
    R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

    Let us Pray,

    Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

  15. 15 churchmouse August 28, 2009 at 08:45

    Excellent post, Gabriella! May God grant Pope Benedict many years of sound governance in his papacy!

  16. 16 Moira August 28, 2009 at 16:08

    Rimango nella Chiesa Gabriella…sono andata da un buon sacerdote ieri, e mi ha chiarito tutto. Scusa per tutto…Eremitica!

  17. 17 Gina August 28, 2009 at 16:36

    I have over the years struggled with Catholics (and non-Catholics) who, though loving and deeply committed to the idea of having faith, still think that the Church is subject to humanism, which is nothing more than playing God. When you keep your eyes closed to the truth, you can’t see evil for what it is.

    The Pope’s role is not to bend the church around society. Benedict XVI, through his steadfast commitment to the truth, is a beacon of the truth for those of us who are trying to keep our eyes open.

    Excellent post.

  18. 18 Giampì August 28, 2009 at 18:14

    Eremitica, che notizia fantastica!
    Non ci conosciamo ma avevo letto il tuo precedente messaggio a Gabriella e non ho voluto intervenire, ma ho fatto offrire una Messa per te 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Ora farò dire una Messa di ringraziamento 🙂

  19. 19 Moira August 28, 2009 at 19:02

    Grazie Gabriella per quello che hai scritto via email e grazie di cuore anche a te Giampì, che il Signore ricompensi centuplicato l’amore che mi hai dimostrato.

    Comunque a dire il vero, sono felice anche di queste tentazioni di questi ultimi mesi, perchè mi hanno rafforzata…veramente tanto.

    Grazie ancora a tutti voi!

  20. 20 Cinzia August 29, 2009 at 02:19

    Evviva Gabriella Evviva Moira Evviva questo blog Evviva Giampi e tutti quanti …..

    che bello vedere tanto amore, tanta compassione e tantissima fede

    I vostri blog e commenti sono il mio “pane quotidiano” – non riesco piu’ a farne a meno dal momento che mi sveglio ….

    EVVIVA!!!!!!! 🙂

  21. 21 CM August 31, 2009 at 03:09

    I love Papa Ben!

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