Monday, September 30, 2013
Action and Reaction
Newton's Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
It is perhaps fortuitous that storm which surrounded Pope Francis' Interview should have preceded his meeting with the Council of Eight Cardinals, Benedict rather notoriously didn't care for his 'image', his successor does, or at least he cares for how it affects the Church. Following the impression that he is 'lite' on marriage, life, doctrine, and that he has disconcerted a large number of active committed lay people and younger clergy as well as those who count those seeds Ratzinger planted as something precious and important, we can expect some kind of reaction.
It is interesting that the announcement of the Canonisation of JPII and John XXIII is being spun as an 'act of reconciliation', the trumpet, fan loving, Tridentine Mass saying John is being presented as the Liberal whilst the Koran kissing John-Paul is being portrayed as Conservative.
I am intrigued by the letter of Pope Benedict to the mathematician Odifreddi, why now has he chosen to remind the Church he can still write, and although it was a very small part of the letter, defend his reputation.
It is presumably an indication that despite his obedience to Francis, he still has his personal autonomy.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake