Sunday, April 24, 2005

Listen To This

Pope Benedict XVI was officially installed as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church in the Vatican today. It was an "installation" ceremony, not an "inauguration" as at least one newspaper reported. I suppose some reporters will forever struggle with the concept of permanency in the papacy.

The stone throwers are standing by, ready to launch at the slightest utterance of the new pope towards their politically correct agenda. Critics are never silent for very long, and no doubt they'll find plenty to complain about in the steadfast faith of Benedict XVI.

The pope stated that "My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole church."

There's an adage to the effect that God gives us two ears and one mouth for the simple reason that listening is more important than speaking. The media is not designed for silence and may never accept the lesson of listening. Fortunately, Pope Benedict XVI does.