Pope Benedict XVI and the Ghouls – Crisis Magazine

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To me it seems clear that the Church’s problem will be solved as Lefties age out. This doesn’t mean I can’t imagine a better timeline on which Benedict remained pope.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is dead. The title of “Pope Emeritus” was, I believe, crafted to describe the fact that he had retired from what has usually been considered a lifelong office. The election that followed gave us Pope Francis; and just like that, the ethos of the baby boomer generation was fully in charge of the Church.

It was all there: the perplexing love of felt banners and childlike “art,” the punishment of modern church music, the allergy to doctrinal clarity and tradition, and the unshakeable certainty in the face of decades of evidence to the contrary that this is the way to bring in the youth.

I became a Catholic under Francis, though I had been on the cusp of conversion for years. From the Anglican Church, I watched my friends’ conversions with envy. But then, in 2013, Benedict stepped down, and I began getting near-weekly red alerts from my Catholic friends about what Francis had done this time.

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Although I’ve since joined the Church, I still don’t share my friends’ despair. To me it seems clear that the Church’s problem will be solved as Lefties age out. The only people who feel motivated to become priests are people who take the faith seriously, and eventually they will predominate. The Church will survive, but it may be a rough ride. 

This doesn’t mean I can’t imagine a better timeline on which Benedict remained pope. In that timeline, there is no Pachamama, obviously. The Church remains a firm voice on marriage and the reality of biological sex. James Martin has not been given such a loud microphone. The Traditional Latin Mass thrives. And—since this is my story, and I’ll tell it my way—Benedict comes down on the right side of Covid and celebrates the growth of those churches that tried to continue to provide sacraments as the world went mad.

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Pope Benedict XVI and the Ghouls – Crisis Magazine

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