Zack Candy reflects on the new Pope

A beautifully-written article by our thurifer Zack Candy in The Catholic Register:

The proceedings of the last few weeks, then, have been novel, exciting and a bit terrifying for me in a way which they may not have been for many other Catholics who remember the conclave and election of 2005. My hopes were certainly not dashed: Pope Francis already promises to be a champion of the afflicted and disenfranchised, of those whom society has trampled and left alone in poverty and disease. Such a ministry is one sorely needed by the Church as was — and is — Benedict’s efforts towards liturgical reform and a heightened reverence in worship.

In a way, this election was also saddening for me. Benedict has long been very close to my heart. As a member of one of the ordinariates for former Anglicans, I have always felt a special gratitude towards this holy man who went to such great pains to welcome an initially tiny number of Anglicans into the Church, in such a way that they could bring their traditions with them. It was a supreme act of compassion, a virtue which was always at the core of any of Benedict’s numerous ecumenical gestures. In reaching out to Anglicans, he gave us a model for how we should in turn reach out to other Protestants and non-believers: with compassion, accommodation and gentleness.

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2 Responses to Zack Candy reflects on the new Pope

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  2. EPMS says:

    Pope Francis’ remarks about “returning the building to the simplicity and linearity of its origins” by clearing away “dividing walls” and the “residue of past ceremonial” once again raise questions about the extent to which he is likely to wish resources to be committed to the Anglican Ordinariate project.

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