There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (Common English Bible)
As Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI begins his new life as a “pilgrim” at Castel Giandolfo, now comes the fun part of electing a new pope. The election will be carried out by the College of Cardinals in the days ahead.
Will the Vatican use this Lenten time of introspection to do some soul-searching in electing a new pope? With all the Roman Catholic Church has gone through in recent years: sex abuse scandals; poor relations with the Islamic world; decreasing membership; strife from within its own body, you’d think the College of Cardinals would take the time to look at these issues as they sit to vote.
The oft-quoted Scriptural text at the beginning of this post is a reminder that we live in changing seasons. Even ecclesiastical positions of power have to change too-despite how tight the positions are held. The Vatican has withstood the winds of change for years, however winds are patient. These winds herald the changing seasons that will bring the Vatican to a place of change-hopefully for the better of the Catholic faithful.
Time will tell. Stay tuned.