|Pope(s) Benedict and Francis|
Pope Benedict made a surprise appearance at the February 2014 consistory creating new Cardinals.
Pope Benedict is now reported to be attending the canonizations this Sunday.
What do these two events have in common? Well, for one thing, it is usual for the Pope to attend consistories creating Cardinals and for the Pope to attend ceremonies canonizing Saints.
Good thing Pope Francis is in attendance, too.
Just one more day in Wonderland.
Having two living Popes, both in the public eye, both dressed like the Pope, both addressed as His Holiness, both claiming the title of Pope, is super cool. What harm could it do?
"...Loving the church also means having the courage to make difficult, trying choices, having ever before oneself the good of the church and not one’s own.
Here allow me to return once again to April 19, 2005. The gravity of the decision was precisely in the fact that from that moment on I was committed always and forever by the Lord. Always – he, who assumes the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and totally to everyone, to the whole church. His life is, so to speak, totally deprived of the private sphere. I have felt, and I feel even in this very moment, that one receives one’s life precisely when he offers it as a gift. I said before that many people who love the Lord also love the Successor of Saint Peter and are fond of him, that the pope has truly brothers and sisters, sons and daughters all over the world, and that he feels safe in the embrace of their communion, because he no longer belongs to himself, but he belongs to all and all are truly his own.
The “always” is also a “forever” --there is no returning to private life. My decision to forgo the exercise of active ministry, does not revoke this. I do not return to private life, to a life of travel, meetings, receptions, conferences and so on. I do not abandon the cross, but remain in a new way near to the crucified Lord. I no longer wield the power of the office for the government of the church, but in the service of prayer I remain, so to speak, within St. Peter’s bounds. St. Benedict, whose name I bear as pope, shall be a great example in this for me. He showed us the way to a life which, active or passive, belongs wholly to the work of God."
--from the General Audience of Pope Benedict XVI, 27 February 2013.