Friday, May 13, 2005

JPII and B16

This is a pretty cool editorial from the National Catholic Register (via the Curt Jester):

When humble, gentle Benedict appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s for the
first time, young nuns in habits shrieked with glee. Young American seminarians
pumped their arms in victory.
How is it possible that a reserved classical pianist who loves cats gets that kind of reception? How is it possible that young people in the 21st century were delirious with excitement to find out that the new Pope had taken the name of a fifth-century monk?
Pope John Paul II made it possible.
If he hadn’t rallied the crowds, set fires in their hearts and anchored them firmly to Peter, then Benedict would be facing a far more difficult task than he faces now.
But if the successes of John Paul’s pontificate made Benedict’s pontificate possible, it may also be the case that Pope Benedict made John Paul possible. John Paul’s pontificate may find its fulfillment and completion in Benedict.

And it concludes:

If John Paul’s background made him eminently suited to fight foes outside the
Church [communism, materialism, the sexual revolution], Pope Benedict’s
background has prepared him to defend the authentic character of his new
homeland, the Church, from enemies within.