As we celebrate Christ’s institution of the Mass and priesthood tonight, I should probably be praying and meditating upon sacred texts. However, it seems like many Catholics and evangelicals (yes, I’ve also heard from Benedict’s fans among our evangelical protestant brethren) are concerned about the latest media attacks against the Holy Father.
Pray for Pope Benedict. Defend him when you come across unfair attacks against him. But leave the worrying to the Holy Spirit who chose Benedict as successor to St. Peter. Simply put, God is not going to abandon such a faithful servant in this time of hardship. And if it be God’s will that the Church’s enemies drive the Holy Father out of Rome, there is little we can do to stop it.
However, I would be surprised to see this happen. God raised Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy despite human machinations and conventional wisdom that considered Ratzinger too old, too conservative and too curmudgeony. Some of these human machinations originated from the candidate himself. Soon after he was elected Pope, several sources reported that Ratzinger had hoped to retire when Pope John Paul II died, and that Ratzinger himself attempted to sabotage his potential election by stating and doing things that would make him unelectable. God had other plans.
Thus God dragged Ratzinger, despite the candidate’s protests, into the Chair of Peter. And God will keep him there, despite the attempts of his enemies to force his resignation. Of this we should have no doubt. Several temporal powers throughout the centuries, believed in their time to be unstoppable, have attempted to subdue the reigning pope. These attempts usually end badly for the reigning power.
Thus the French have an expression Qui mange du pape, meurt. This loosely translates as ‘Whoever eats of the Pope will choke on him.’ So don’t be surprised when Pope Benedict’s current enemies keel over suddenly.
Protected by the Holy Spirit and choirs of angels, none are safer in this crisis than Pope Benedict. For God is watching over His chosen pontiff.