A Critic On Criticism

Genoa’s archbishop, Angelo Bagnasco defends the pope. While his loyalty is admirable, and a credit to the man and our pope, the details presented on Zenit show the cardinal to be a bit innocent.

People mistrust authority these days, and often with good reason. Powerful leaders in religion, state, and business have been catastrophic examples to their followers and to the world. Even good leaders who demur on the practice of openness and inclusion invite doubt when things they do don’t jive with their stated principles. The past century has seen spectacularly poor examples of leadership. When current leaders lack a firm vigor in distancing themselves from their predecessors or associates, people wonder.

Some people, even good Catholics think and say bad things about Pope Benedict. Those who make it personal or crude don’t deserve attention. Sometimes, as we’ve seen from the Catholic Right, passions master the tongue from time to time. But loyal Catholics have much to contribute to improve the pope’s image and clarify his message, and if that means certain advisors or ideologies have to go, let’s keep in mind it’s for the good of the Church.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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4 Responses to A Critic On Criticism

  1. The cardinal may be a bit innocent, Todd, but he’s obviously a good scout.

  2. Liam says:

    I feel compelled to add, in response to the Cdl’s mention of alarmist reactions to the Williamson imbroglio, that alarmism comes also from the pope’s erstwhile defenders. There are traditionalists who have in recent weeks whipped up a fury of fear among their own ranks that the pope is beset by a cadre of Curial and episcopal enemies who are set upon defeating his agenda and waiting out his pontificate to reverse what he has done. The alarmism matches in tone and emotion and mirrors in substance that on the Catholic left – both extremes present the pope has having something fundamentally restorationist in his “true” agenda. One side awaits with breathless anticipation, while the other side fears breathlessly, a rollback of Vatican II to some minimalist conception. Meanwhile, they use this breathlessness to motivate and gird the loins of their respective audiences. (Sound familiar, say, in the culture wars?)

    I think they will be breathless for a long time. I think the extremes have misunderstood this pope and read far too much into him, and that much not always wisely.

  3. Liam says:

    Hey, on a tangent about ZENIT: Has anyone else experienced problems for the past many months with getting ZENIT’s site to load beyond its splash page? I use Safari and Firefox (no more IE for me). I often can only get ZENIT to load readily about once a week…. (And yes, I know about cache, et cet.)

  4. JC says:

    It’s about Truth, not Image.

    Jesus never cared about His image. He told it like it was, called the people a wicked and perverse generation, and called them to conversino, and they crucified Him for it. Any prelate who is not willing to do the same is a coward.

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