The Pope has now officially appointed Archbishop William J. Levada of San Francisco to be the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so the rumor mill was correct. When I first heard the rumor I had thought "Can any good thing come out of Portland and San Francisco?" and then realized I don’t want to make the same mistake that Nathanael did. Maybe a Bishop who has had experience in dioceses not exactly brimming with orthodoxy is good experience for a head of the CDF. He certainly will not be bringing rose colored glasses with him to the job. So please pray for Archbishop Levada in his new role as a guardian of the Church’s doctrine. We should all be junior members of the CDF in this role.
Dom had a good post the other day on the some of the griping about, at the time, the possible appointment of Archbishop Levada and asked "If St. Peter himself came down from heaven to take up his office again, would we be happy with his curial appointments?"
I can almost imagine some posts if there had been blogs 2000 years ago about St. Peter becoming the first Pope.
Simon Peter is he truly Pope material?
Who is this Simon aka Cephas anyway and does he truly have the qualifications to be the head of the Church? Does a fisherman have the theological skill set necessary to lead the Church? As for walking on water he started out okay, but then sunk. Can we expect the same from his papacy? A new Church will need funds to get going and what do we truly know about his fundraising abilities? Sure he can cough up a coin from a fish’s mouth in a pinch, but can we really rely on an endowment of this sort? We all know about his bragging of willing to die and subsequently denying Jesus three times. I just don’t see what Jesus sees in the guy. When it came time for his first curial appointment to replace Judas did he act like a leader? No instead of making the critical decision himself he cast lots to pick Matthias. He has even made an important decision on dietary laws based on a dream about all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air who he was ordered to kill and eat. Yes, based on a dream and then he had to be rebuked by Paul for not following his own advice. What about his pastoral skills? I think they are rather lacking. At the Transfiguration with the appearance of Moses and Elijah, he went off the deep end and his first thought was a new building project. And then there is the sad case of Ananias and his wife who were struck dead for not being fully honest in their donations to the Church. This was not exactly very pastoral and if this keeps up we won’t have many contributors. I mean even the possibility of a tax write off pales in comparison to being struck dead in Peters presence – though it might keep our accountants honest In the case of Simon Magus who wanted to buy the gifts of the Holy Spirit he was let off with only a rebuke. Not exactly a balanced pastoral approach. And what about ecumenism and all this reaching out to the gentiles? Even Jesus once called him Satan so why should we give him any slack?
# Posted by InstaDisciple at 08:00 am 54 A.D.