He told us about Jesus
Blogged by James Preece on 1st March 2013
It's been a few years now since I appeared on TV to defend Pope Benedict in a discussion entitled "Is Pope Benedict a liability?" at the time I said no, but with hindsight I'm tempted to rethink my answer.
Yes - Pope Benedict was a liability, of course he was.
If you've put all your eggs in the secularist basket. If you've bet against God. If you're counting on the Catholic Church choosing to accomodate the world more and more until it slowly disolves to a mushy nothingness all but indistinguishable from the culture around it... If you were hoping that the Truth you killed in the sixties would stay dead and buried.
Then yes, Pope Benedict was a liability to you.
If you have looked around you and seen a civilisation whose philosophical ideas have no stronger basis in reality than "who am I to say?" and whose economic and demographic woes are routinely masked by insane borrowing against a future that does not exist.
If you have wondered if perhaps there might be more to life than killing the young before they are born and killing the old before they are expensive all in the name of short term illusionary wealth and freedom from the natural consequences of sexual activity.
If you have studied science and explored the limits of technology and been fascinated and excited by the wonders of the natural world and yet in your heart have known that it was all dust being moved around by other dust in to arbitary forms that have no meaning without a soul to look upon them.
If you have wondered who you are, why you are here, what this is all for?
Then Pope Benedict was far from a liability.
He didn't bring us his own ideas, theories and pet projects. He didn't force the Church to conform to his liturgical preferences (though I wish he had). It's not just that he didn't go all trendy on us and try to rap the psalms, it's that he didn't even do the things I would have approved of either.
No. He did something so obvious, so brilliant, so wonderful I could never have anticipated it.
He gave us Jesus.
In all his addresses, encyclicals, homilies and world youth day's he never sat us down and lectured us on theology. He simply told us about Jesus. If we only learn one thing from the papacy of Benedict XVI, let it be that - We need to talk to people about Jesus.