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A German view on the forthcoming Papal election

Posted by Labarum at Saturday, 23 February 2013 at 5:13pm GMT

Fr. Giles Fraser has a wonderful way of stating what he sees as ‘the obvious’. In this article from the ‘Guardian’ newspaper, Giles postulates the question that; if the Pope can feel free to resign his papal office, does that render his position more mundane than the way in which it is normally perceived? The rarity of such an event as the resignation of a reigning Pontiff had hitherto been considered to endow the position with a mystical significance, which might be seen to become null and void with the papal resignation.

Perhaps, with this specific resignation, the Vatican will come to understand the need for a more dispersed magisterium - wider that the Curia and extending to the authority of the various bishops in the local Church.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 24 February 2013 at 11:47pm GMT

Very few jobs are 'simply a job' . When our work is dedicated to God, whether we clean lavatories, serve food, design buildings, what might once have been simply a job, becomes vocation, an expression of our humanity and creativity a contribution to community. Simply a job, doesn't depend on the manner of its ending but the commitment shown in undertaking. Why belittle it?

Posted by Lindsay Southern at Tuesday, 26 February 2013 at 12:20pm GMT

Surely, Lindsay, no-one here is 'belittling' the
job-classification of the Pope. One could say that every job can be a 'vocation' for anyone who does it and enjoys it. Maybe that is God's calling for their life, and for them. Why do we ever need to think that Christian ministry is somehow superior to any other calling in life? Or is this that dichotomy between the sacred and the secular again?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 9:02am GMT
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