When Pell became archbishop of Melbourne in 1996, Catholic Lite was the order of the day throughout the country, with the usual results: goofball liturgy (one bishop celebrated Mass made up as a clown); dumbed-down catechesis; a collapse in religious vocations and seminary applications; the Church bureaucracy joined at the hip to the hard left in Australian public life. Reversing this drift toward theological and moral incoherence and public irrelevance was going to be very hard work. Then Pell caught a break: when his seminary faculty threatened to resign en masse because he insisted that the seminarians attend daily Mass, Pell called their bluff, accepted their resignations, filled the seminary with new faculty — and never looked back.
Pell is considered a lightweight in theological and philosophical terms. But, I think Suzanne is right. It can’t hurt to have a lunch bucket Pope who is not afraid to mix it up and get his fingernails dirty. We’ve had two great philosophical and theological giants, JP2 and Benedict, the Wayne Gretzkys and Sidney Crosbys of the Catholic Church. But maybe it’s time to bring in the muscle from the Bench, and shake somethings up.
Socon or Bust thinks that Pell would be a great choice, but we’re still behind Burke who has a lot of the same qualities, but his game is two-way. He can mix it up and get tough, but he can also score theological and strategic goals.
It will indeed be an exciting time to see who brings the Faithful to their feet.
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