Or, does the Holy Spirit really have anything to do with who is pope?
BY Frater Bovious
(CARROLLTON, Texas) My subtitle is rhetorical, in that it affirms the question it answers – yes, the Holy Spirit selected this pope. So, if you don’t like that idea, then move along, there is nothing for you to see here.
Does that mean that the Holy Spirit picked the perfect man, the man who will make no mistakes, the man who cannot sin? No, no, and no. All that means, and everything that means, is that this pope will be incapable of error in doctrine and dogma. Please note, doctrine and dogma are not promulgated via poorly translated articles given to atheist journalists. Please.
Read his first encyclical Lumen Fidei, The Light of Faith. Among some of the more amazing things I’ve read people say about the pope is that he never mentions Jesus or Scripture. Again, please. First three sentences of Lumen Fidei:
1. The light of Faith: this is how the Church’s tradition speaks of the great gift brought by Jesus. In John’s Gospel, Christ says of himself: “I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (Jn 12:46). Saint Paul uses the same image: “God who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts” (2 Cor 4:6).
Other rather amazing things are comments to the effect that “it is disturbing how many Catholic Faithful have to defend what the pope says by assuring us that’s not what he really said.” Please. There’s nothing new here except this one thing: The secular media is enraptured by this pope and have spent a lot more time pursuing him than they did Benedict XVI. And, when they hear something they think is going to sell papers or gain market share, they run hard with it.
The reaction of the Catholic Faithful (you can almost hear the smirking tone when someone writes that, I’m surprised it doesn’t have scare quotes) is normal. If you listened to a math teacher, and a fellow student said “He just said 2+2=5,” your normal reaction and immediate response would be “No he didn’t.” It’s obvious cause and effect. The pope is continuously misquoted, and people are continuously correcting the record.
Quit reading what someone else said the pope said, and read it for yourself. And read Lumen Fidei, it is an official document from the pope and you will learn more about what the Pope has to say from there than anywhere.
- Now available: “The Light of Faith: Lumen Fidei” (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi: Pope Francis and the teachings of the Church (journeytowardseaster.wordpress.com)