Benedict XVI...calling all to hope...
By Hugh McNichol
Speculative theories are all over regarding the message Pope Benedict XVI will deliver when he visits the United States next month. Varied degrees of speculation range from a hard lined approach to the enforcement of Catholic social and moral teachings all the way towards eventful pronouncements that will change the direction of the American Church. This author does not believe the message will deviate from the consistent path of moral, social and ethical teachings already reinforced in the Pontiff's writings (as Cardinal Ratzinger & as Pope) and his vocal proclamations.
Benedict XVI clearly has adopted the role of pastoral and spiritual reconciler in his ministry of Successor to Saint Peter. Observers are always keen to point out the pre-papacy impressions of Benedict XVI as the strict enforcer of the rules of the Holy Office. However, the activities and impressions that might have been Cardinal Ratzinger are far from the reality of the complexity of Benedict XVI. The Pope we are graced to experience today is a living testimony to the Church's call to constant conversion and renewal in Christ Jesus. While there are matters of church discipline and behavior that need attending, Benedict seemingly has transcended beyond the role of an ecclesial keeper of corrective measures. The Holy Father has always provided an obvious message that his papacy is focused on Catholic reconciliation and rejuvenation throughout the world.
The entire concept of hope...hope in God is the important message of this Pontificate. Benedict I am certain will not travel to the United States and proclaim a Catholic jihad against the United States as an Evil Empire. My suggestion is that he will paternally and pastorally call upon Catholics in the United States to restore the sense of the sacred in their Catholicism, convert from social and moral excesses that are stressed by secularization and seek a true conversion of the heart when Catholics exercise their religious faith. The goal for the papal trip...is radical Catholic conversion through the message of Gospel love. While the announcement of such a topic and intent will most likely never be revealed in such a clear manner, such a direction is Benedict's hope and goal.
Many in the United States first thought Benedict would be merely a transitional pope. As his pontificate continues to unfold that status is obviously not true. His behind the scenes, scholarly and quiet demeanor are in contrast to the very public persona of John-Paul II. However, Benedict's true strength is his personal intellect and charismatic charm that infects the minds of everyone he meets. This author suspects the United States will be charmed both intellectually and spiritually by our German born Pope. His deeply seated concern for the orthodoxy and spread of the Gospel message will provide the main topic for his papal tour. However always underlying the message the call to Gospel conversion and the deepening of universal brotherhood will always remain as the dominant theme.
We have seen the proclamation of Spe Salvi, a document that defines the future of hope as the roadmap for this pontificate. Look for Benedict to continue to spread the message of spiritual, moral, diplomatic and social hope as his hallmark message in the United States. Clearly, in the mind of Benedict, hope brings about conversion and conversion brings about global love and harmony.
TriNet Consultants Inc.
http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com DE, US
Hugh McNichol - Catholic author, 302 6339348
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Death threats for opposing gay marriage? Florist appeals to Supreme Court
- Has California just voted to ban the BIBLE? HD Video
- Five things Catholics can do to promote international religious freedom
- St. Anselm: Saint of the Day for Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Daily Readings for Saturday, April 21, 2018
- California bill that could BAN THE BIBLE advances
- Daily Reading for Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 HD Video
- Global Warming threatening Europe with colder weather HD
- The Memorare HD
- God Alone Suffices HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, April 21st, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education