The red hats move behind locked doors on Tuesday, March 12th, certainly by the Ides of March we will have a new pope.
My Sunday meditation on power and authority in the church: A reflection for popes, red hat cardinals, and lowly human being People-of-God types.
There are two different ways in which power and authority can be exercised in the church. The difference is between domination and service:
- between wanting to be served and wanting to serve
- between using power as an oppressor and using power as a liberator
We know the Spirit of God is moving in the church when church structures – that means of course church people – become more and more people and structures of real service and ministry, rather than structures of domination and control.
The temptation to dominate and control – often in God’s name – is an occupational hazard for church leaders.
Nevertheless, service, ministry, and liberation are God’s values. They are the values revealed in the life and ministry of Jesus. They must be papal values, episcopal values and People-of-God values.
No more comments from me until the new bishop of Rome is in place. I’m kind of poped-out for now…….