Monday evening’s Benedict Option occasion at a church corridor in Paris went effectively. The corridor was full, and other people appeared . Last evening, I went all the way down to Tours, and had a beautiful time chatting with of us. I stayed with the household B., an actual Benedict Option Catholic household. It is so, so encouraging to fulfill fellow Christians who see issues like I do, and who’re enthusiastic believers, in addition to fairly clearly “creative minorities,” as Benedict XVI informed Christians to be within the post-Christian world. That household, and others I’m assembly right here, are such an inspiration.
“The Benedict Option” has now crossed the Atlantic and change into a query of world import. A query that’s actually of no little account, as a result of it considerations the way forward for Christianity in an ever extra post-Christian period.
The American Rod Dreher, writer of the proposal and of the guide, is now touring round France on a convention circuit and has given an exhaustive interview to the Catholic journal “la Nef.” His guide has been translated into French, and can quickly be obtainable in different languages.
But it has been the frontal assault that “La Civiltà Cattolica” has unleashed from Rome in opposition to “The Benedict Option” that has ratcheted up much more the extent of the controversy.
Dreher isn’t Catholic. He was, now he’s Russian Orthodox. But it’s above all within the Catholic camp, and initially inside the Catholicism of the United States, that his proposal made a splash and produced a really heated dialogue.
It is a proposal, in reality, that radically brings into query – along with contrasting them with one another – each the present hold forth of Francis and that of his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
The Benedict of the “option” isn’t pope Joseph Ratzinger, however Benedict of Norcia, the good saint of the fifth and sixth centuries who was capable of generate a formidable rebirth of Christian religion and tradition within the chaos that adopted the collapse of the Roman empire, that rebirth which the opposite Benedict, the pope, evoked masterfully in his memorable tackle of September 12 in Paris, on the Collège des Bernardins, basically proposing that the Catholics of right now grasp and revive his lesson, at this time juncture of civilization.
It comes as no shock, due to this fact, that from Rome, from a pope like Francis who’s the usual bearer of an reverse imaginative and prescient, “The Benedict Option” ought to have been thrust onto the index via that natural mouthpiece of Jorge Mario Bergoglio which is “La Civiltà Cattolica” directed by the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro.
The remainder of the piece examines the argument between myself and a few Jesuits round La Civiltà Cattolica. Regular readers of this weblog will already be accustomed to it.
What I particularly like about Magister’s article is Vatican journalist of his stature to has stated that the Benedict Option is the imaginative and prescient round which the older, Benedict XVI imaginative and prescient of the Catholic Church, is coalescing within the age of Pope Francis and his “new paradigm.” I’m honored that Magister thinks so, and am profoundly happy that with this essay of Magister’s, Benedict XVI little question will know now that this ex-Catholic who however believes in his cultural imaginative and prescient am on his facet.
I didn’t search to pose The Benedict Option in distinction to Pope Francis, or in criticism of him. You received’t discover within the guide one phrase of criticism of Pope Bergoglio. But Francis’s prime allies — the Jesuits of La Civiltà Cattolica, and Cardinal Cupich of Chicago — have laid down the gauntlet. This wrestle is vital. This morning, I spoke to a veteran Catholic journalist in Paris, who informed me, “The battle is here, now.” Indeed it’s.