Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Pope Benedict is not given to the superficial answer."

Bishop John M. D'Arcy on Pope Benedict XVI:

. . . This resistance to the superficial is shown in a talk he gave in his early days as pope. While explaining the practice of celibacy for priests, he refused to place it in a context of availability. This, he says, diminishes the vocation of marriage. Rather, he drew an analogy from the Levites, the priestly family of the Old Testament. Unlike the other tribes of Israel, the priestly family received no land. Their portion was the Lord. This approach calls priests to a much deeper spirituality than mere availability. The Lord must be everything to them. We see why Benedict was always among those who presented what was once called “a kneeling theology” – a theology rooted in prayer and adoration. It is never for him a mere intellectual exercise.