Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 17 Feb 2012.
The big news for people of faith this week was the surprise resignation of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, citing his declining health and concern for the leadership of the Church.
A great teaching Pope, Benedict will be known for his strong defence of truth against the tide of moral relativism, his emphasis on the meaning of human personhood, and his commitment to inter-church dialogue.
In an address to ecumenical leaders in Sydney during the 2008 World Youth Day, Pope Benedict said, “Every element of the Church’s structure is important, yet all of them would falter and crumble without the cornerstone who is Christ. As “fellow citizens” of the “household of God”, Christians must work together to ensure that the edifice stands strong so that others will be attracted to enter and discover the abundant treasures of grace within.”
In these turbulent “secular” times, Catholics and Protestants need each other more than ever.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.