That’s Good, with a capital-G. From the Holy Father’s homily during the Holy Thursday morning Chrism Mass (h/t Fr. Z.):
Two things, above all, are asked of us: there is a need for an interior bond, a configuration to Christ, and at the same time there has to be a transcending of ourselves, a renunciation of what is simply our own, of the much-vaunted self-fulfilment. We need, I need, not to claim my life as my own, but to place it at the disposal of another – of Christ. I should be asking not what I stand to gain, but what I can give for him and so for others. Or to put it more specifically, this configuration to Christ, who came not to be served but to serve, who does not take, but rather gives – what form does it take in the often dramatic situation of the Church today? Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination, for which Blessed Pope John Paul II stated irrevocably that the Church has received no authority from the Lord. Is disobedience a path of renewal for the Church? We would like to believe that the authors of this summons are motivated by concern for the Church, that they are convinced that the slow pace of institutions has to be overcome by drastic measures, in order to open up new paths and to bring the Church up to date. But is disobedience really a way to do this? Do we sense here anything of that configuration to Christ which is the precondition for true renewal, or do we merely sense a desperate push to do something to change the Church in accordance with one’s own preferences and ideas?
Fr. Z. notes:
Remarkable. Benedict used this moment to answer that dissident group. If any of those men have the slightest Catholic sense left in them, I imagine they would have to feel deep shame that Peter would on Holy Thursday itself use them as an example of the OPPOSITE of what priests should be.
I sincerely hope, and increasingly believe, that the Holy Father’s efforts to reunite the SSPX to Rome are a prefiguration of his efforts to achieve broader unity in the Catholic Church — and his interactions with the SSPX demonstrate, I think, his willingness to achieve that unity through winnowing, by openly declaring rebels to be in schism. Perhaps Benedict, himself no great fan of the Ordinary Form of the Mass, wants the SSPX and its army of 600+ priests and consecrated religious behind him when he takes on the modernists.
In any event, Catholics, pray for him.