Friday, February 22, 2013

Office (of the Chief Shepherd) Space

Today is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle.

It is set so we can reflect on the teaching authority of the Church and also pray for the successor of Peter, who, for the time being is Benedict XVI.

The Magnificat had an interesting reflection on the day in this morning's meditation. It was a quote from Anglican convert, Ronald Knox:

Perhaps it would be a good thing if every Christian, certainly if every priest, would dream once in his life that he were Pope, and wake from that nightmare in a sweat of agony.

University and Anglican Sermons, p. 430  

I have visions of BXVI waking up that morning 11 days ago, in a dewy delirium with fear and trembling intent on preserving his sanity and vacating his office.

In other words, this Peter was less Apostle and more Gibbons: