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It is Not Catholic to Say No To the Cross

Caravaggio, Crucifixion of St. Peter

Caravaggio, Crucifixion of St. Peter

Nothing pains me more than to see Catholics argue that it is right and good for Pope Benedict to say no to the Cross (his cross being infirmity due to age coupled with the duties of the papacy)…and even that the Holy Spirit has instructed him to do so.

If the Holy Spirit has told Pope Benedict to step down due to his cross, I see only one possibility here, and that is that the Holy Spirit is preserving the Church by telling a pope who will not accept the cross to step down. In this, the Pope would be doing what the Holy Spirit is telling him to do, not because it is okay to say no to the Cross, but because it is better for all of us to have a pope who will say yes to the Cross.

To suggest that it is good for the Church to have a pope who says no to the Cross is decidedly anti-Gospel.

Please….stop saying the Holy Spirit wants Pope Benedict to say no to the Cross. Please. You’re hurting my brain…a lot.

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