Dreher, I can't believe the WSJ let you publish this drivel. If I say what I really think, I'll be banned.
I'd like to remind Mr. Dreher of our Lord's parable of the Weeds among the Wheat.
He proposed another parable to them. "The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, "Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?" He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."
I'd also like to remind Mr. Dreher of the explanation of the Sower.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."
It seems to me that at the moment, the Church is reflecting the sins of society. The faithful will remain faithful to the Church Christ left us, because the sins of the "tares" growing within Her do not change the Actions of the Sower.
He can be thanked for not giving in on some key doctrines, like womens' ordination; but otherwise he seems to have given away the store. He apparently decided early on not to try to reform the Church in a traditional manner (he is a man of the revolutionary generation, after all) and now, with all due respect, he ends his pontificate with a Church on the verge of collapse.
Finally, a good Catholic dares to tell the truth about the Pope's inaction. Words are cheap file.
Men will always disappoint each other but God will never let you down. He is faithful to His "Word".
Hey gcruse, why does such a stanch atheist like yourself seem to care so much about the plight of faithful Catholics? Are you trying to be better than the Holy Father?
You already tried to be better than God on other threads.
We can take care of ourselves without your fishy "help."
How could you use the title "The Pope Has Let Us Down" after you confessed Queen Elizabeth is your pope? Forgetful or plain anti-Catholic bigot?
Within his power the changes wrought by Vatican II could have been reversed and the tabernacle restored to it's rightful place on a proper altar rather than the portable picnic table.
Instead he wandered about the world sometimes riding in his popemobile and being "entertained" by barebreasted polynesians and visiting mosques and other temples of heathen worship.
We can only pray that his predecessor can again open the windows of the Church and blow this stench forever out, and the historical and beautiful church and mass (instituted by our Savior and guaranteed by Pope Pius X to last until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ) be restored.
The Pope was adressing Poles and they have different set of very urgent problems.
I was very depressed today to read in Zenit that Archbishop Milongo, he of the Moonie wedding and the fraudulent "healing services," has been welcomed back to the fold and is out working his same old magic again. He was "punished" for all of what, 3 months?
What does this say to all the good and faithful bishops and clergy?
I honestly don't understand what's going on.