Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pope Benedict Gets " Advice " On How to Use Twitter

The Episcopal Cafe posts today some "advice" to the Holy Father as to how to twitter than came from a UK voice. See Welcoming the Pope to Twitter.

Well that to say about that besides it being a caricature of the Pope, his life, his lifelong service as an academic, his lifetime service as a priest, how he interacts with those that disagree with him, and reality of how the Catholic Church is govern.

When I read that I recall the Williamson affair and the Pope's letter in response to it. You can see the text at Official text of pope’s letter to bishops on Williamson affair. It was a to say the least not only a letter on the need for Christian forgiveness but an intensely personal letter to his brother Bishops.

Quite a document and one that perhaps the peanut gallery should read it again . The letter is very personal and especially at this part and the part I bold:

....I was saddened by the fact that even Catholics who, after all, might have had a better knowledge of the situation, thought they had to attack me with open hostility.
Precisely for this reason I thank all the more our Jewish friends, who quickly helped to clear up the misunderstanding and to restore the atmosphere of friendship and trust which – as in the days of Pope John Paul II – has also existed throughout my pontificate and, thank God, continues to exist............

...........Certainly, for some time now, and once again on this specific occasion, we have heard from some representatives of that community many unpleasant things – arrogance and presumptuousness, an obsession with one-sided positions, etc. Yet to tell the truth, I must add that I have also received a number of touching testimonials of gratitude which clearly showed an openness of heart. But should not the great Church also allow herself to be generous in the knowledge of her great breadth, in the knowledge of the promise made to her? Should not we, as good educators, also be capable of overlooking various faults and making every effort to open up broader vistas? And should we not admit that some unpleasant things have also emerged in Church circles? At times one gets the impression that our society needs to have at least one group to which no tolerance may be shown; which one can easily attack and hate. And should someone dare to approach them – in this case the Pope – he too loses any right to tolerance; he too can be treated hatefully, without misgiving or restraint.

Dear Brothers, during the days when I first had the idea of writing this letter, by chance, during a visit to the Roman Seminary, I had to interpret and comment on Galatians 5:13-15. I was surprised at the directness with which that passage speaks to us about the present moment: “Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another.”

I am always tempted to see these words as another of the rhetorical excesses which we occasionally find in Saint Paul. To some extent that may also be the case. But sad to say, this “biting and devouring” also exists in the Church today, as expression of a poorly understood freedom. Should we be surprised that we too are no better than the Galatians? That at the very least we are threatened by the same temptations? That we must always learn anew the proper use of freedom? And that we must always learn anew the supreme priority, which is love?.........

Does this Pope sound anything like the Pope that is mentioned above in that link? Needless to say he listens.

1 comment:

John Iliff said...

Re: the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Suddenly Katharine Jefferts Schori is in a major controversy - which can be viewed at: