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I was talking to Roxeanne DeLuca yesterday about the Pope’s resignation and the discussion turned to what the ex-pope’s title would be.

on ETWN it was suggested he might be called Bishop Emeritus of Rome as he would be the retired Bishop of Rome but it occurs to me there is a better title that should be used” the Holy Grandfather.

It sounds like something silly but when you think about it that’s the perfect title for the retired Pope.

First of all he was still the Pope so Holiness would be a proper honorarium.

Plus consider what a grandfather is.

A Grandfather supplements a father. He is a figure of kindness wisdom and authority, a retired person of age with the knowledge and experience that comes with it. A person who loves both the father and the child with all his heart who both the child and the father will occasionally go to for advice and wise counsel.

But while the Grandfather has status he doesn’t have authority over the father who still makes the decisions. He doesn’t usurp the father, he knows that’s not his place, but he complements the father and aids him when it’s needed.

Consider what I’ve just said and look at Pope Benedict again. He’s simply radiates that Grandfather meme.

I’m sure the church will come up with something official when the time comes, but for my money they can’t do better than Holy Grandfather.

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”  Matthew 7:13-14

During her initial post on the subject of the Pope’s upcoming resignation Elizabeth Scalia put up an update saying the following:

I’m kind of appalled at how some members of the press are reacting to this. The announcement wasn’t two hours old when the cable news gasbags started in with their “wish list” and expressing hopes that the next pope “gets it right” on the “important issues.” A few sound like they’re all but crossing a line through this pontificate with zero understanding or appreciation of what it has actually been.

That evening was even worse, All the MSM networks focused on dissidents and CNN gave dissidents center stage although they have as much credibility and influence as the Lyndon LaRouche campaign has on American elections. Unlike the LaRouchites the Catholic dissidents’ agenda is the MSM agenda, therefore whenever the opportunity arises they’ll give them a push so they can pay for the fax machine and letterhead

Note she says she’s appalled, not surprised. Neither am I.

At noon on Monday I watched Alex Wagner, EJ Dionne and Jonathan Capehart fantasize about the church going liberal but there was one single voice of pseudo reality in the mix, Chris Matthews.

While Matthews was just as desiring the church to abandon Catholic belief he was realistic enough to throw water on the idea there is:   “any big liberal out there” who can get win the vote, but he is still talking about this entire process as if it’s a precinct election in Brooklyn.

The truth is to many on the left and a few on the right Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular is a problem to be solved, not a faith to be understood or explained and certainly not to be embraced as it.

Let me take a moment to educate a media ignorant of the Church’s mission and those who depend on this uninformed group for their info on the Catholic Church.

The Church has a single purpose, a single mission a single task that is the source for all it does: It exists to bring souls to Christ and save them from Damnation. This is the task of every person in the church from the lowest novice to the Pope. The Holy Father’s task moreover as leader of the Catholic Church is to facilitate this task on a worldwide scale.

It’s that simple.

As Christ himself has told us, this task is difficult, like hitting a baseball the best will fail far more times than they succeed. In fact not only does the job description say the world will resist you, friends will become foes. It will make you hated as Christ himself said:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.   Matt 10:34-36

What’s more that task trumps all other deeds, and works. If you are a religious and the focus of what you are doing is not to bring someone to Christ, you’re doing it wrong. Once your ministry no matter what it is becomes about you and YOUR cause and not about Christ’s cause, you not only fail to save others but you put yourself at risk.

If you want to understand the Church, its magisterium, the scriptures, or why the Pope does what he does, understand that message first.

Anything else is just noise.

Update: Ed Morrissey expands on the subject:

Much of the reporting, however, is as nonsensical as Hugh describes, either out of ignorance or something worse. Part of it, though, comes from the narrow contexts in which work and analyze the news, especially through the prism of American politics. That produces “analysis” which in this case would have readers and viewers believe that the Church changes doctrine with each Pope, an absurdity that will end up backfiring when the next Pope is just as Catholic as Benedict XVI and every one of his predecessors.

As every single Cardinal who is voting for the next Pope was appointed by either John Paul II or Benedict XVI the folks like the nude protesters who think the Church is going to suddenly decide to throw out that whole Bible have the same odds of being right as I do of getting a sudden invitation to sit next to the First Lady at the SOTU speech tonight.

Update 2: The Telegraph gets it:

Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet, said: “These are uncharted waters, we have never had an election in which a former pope was still alive.

“By resigning he has assured that he can have an influence on who becomes his successor. One of his guys is probably going to be elected Pope.

“It will be psychologically difficult for the cardinals to vote for someone who wants to take the Church in a very different direction than Benedict.

That’s a very good point.

Yesterday Afternoon my oldest asked me why the Pope resigned. As I started giving my answer concerning his ability to do the job it occurred to me that if the year was 1513, 1913 or even 1963 this might not be happening.

Historically unless the an invading army drove him out, or if he was imprisoned by somebody the duties of the Pope were a tad different.

Yeah he still had to manage the Catholic Church worldwide, yes he had to celebrate Key large scale masses. Yes he had to receive distinguished visitors and yes he had to also govern a country that at once time was larger than it is now.

But all of that could be done easily from the Vatican, not a lot of travel required and in terms of the public only a miniscule number of people would have ever seen him.

Then came Blessed John Paul II

For over a quarter of a century the Pope was everywhere, constantly on TV, constantly traveling the world bringing the word of God everywhere he went.

More than that he understood modern media and used the power of his trips and television to make the most of every single one of his appearances, even in his infirmary to spread the world.

If you were born in say 1970 or after you never heard of a Pope who never left Italy, who stayed within the Vatican, who was not seen all over the world and all over your TV set. For you that is what being Pope is all about. That is simply what a pope does.

The message of Christ and the Gospel is unchanging but thanks to the example of John Paul II the way to deliver it in the modern world has.

People are saying that John Paul II’s infirmary influenced the current Pope’s resignation but I submit and suggest that is was not his infirmary but his vigorous papacy that is the more likely culprit.

Now in truth we don’t know the details of Pope Benedict XVI’s physical or mental condition so perhaps even a 15th century papacy might have been more than he can handle, but with the new Papal normal established by his illustrious predecessor the standards are different and Pope Benedict XVI has decided he just can’t be the pope the Church in this modern world needs.

That shows an understanding of the chair of Peter that the media lacks, but that a post for later.


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A lot of visits yesterday but no tip jar hits. That will make you humble in a hurry but $60 a day for the rest of the week will get me to that $300 dollar paycheck.