Pope’s resignation will re-energise Roman Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI at one time admitted that he had no talent for administration or management. That is why he resigned. He saw how the Church already became disorganised in the declining years of Pope John Paul II. But his own qualities lay in theological thought and reflection. Under his reign, there were new gaffes and missteps which a better manager could perhaps have avoided. It is to his credit that he openly recognised his incapacity yesterday and drew the consequences.

The Cardinals are likely to learn the lesson, and choose a new Pope who can get a grip on affairs more effectively. He will doubtless be just as conservative in matters of doctrine, since most of the Cardinals were handpicked by Benedict XVI and his predecessor. But he is likely to be better at managing. The outcome will be dynamising and the Roman Catholic Church may come to appear more modern.

The Church of England just went through the same process. The last Archbishop was a learned and likeable personality, but lost control and his Church suffered. The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is a former oil business executive with experience in finance. He too is clearly expected to be a better manager.

So, Faith is not enough. Material obsessions no, but worldly organisational talents: yes please.

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3 Responses to “Pope’s resignation will re-energise Roman Catholic Church”

  1. Steve Clarke Says:

    Very interesting comments Marcus. Better than a lot of the newspaper articles I’ve read. I guess he saw close up the problems of a lengthy handover from a dying Pope as well.

    Steve Clarke

  2. Merryn Williams Says:

    Denouncing J.K. Rowling’s novels was perhaps not the cleverest thing he ever did – therefore, not infallible. There is an interesting book, ‘The Popes’, by John Julius Norwich, newly out and you might like it. John Cornwell also good on problems in the Catholic church.

  3. mferrar Says:

    Merryn, yes I think he has much to answer for in conniving in sex scandal coverups. I read John Cornwell’s book Hitler’s Pope – shameful.

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