Who’s in charge here?

Whether denied by Protestant or by sedevacantist, the answer to that question in matters spiritual (which should pervade our daily lives, public and private) is still: the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, currently Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

This applies whether he be liked or disliked. It applies whether he be ascetic or libertine. (All indications are that Pope Francis is the former. For truly horrid anecdotes of the latter, see some of the popes around the turn of the eleventh century, which the Church survived, as She always does, by the grace of the Holy Ghost.) And it applies whether he speak about faith, fables, or football (on only the first of which he can pronounce with infallible authority). It even applies if, in modesty, the Holy Father himself avers, as Pope Francis did early in his reign, that “no one is the most important person in the Church.”

Should we be in doubt, or be asked to explain the Church’s position to a non-Catholic, let us keep the following from the Acts of the Council of Ephesus (ad 431) in mind:

Philip the presbyter and legate of the Apostolic See said: There is no doubt, and in fact it has been known in all ages, that the holy and most blessed Peter, prince (ἔξαρχος) and head of the Apostles, pillar of the faith, and foundation (θεμέλιος) of the Catholic Church, received the keys of the kingdom from our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of the human race, and that to him was given the power of loosing and binding sins: who down even to today and forever both lives and judges in his successors. The holy and most blessed pope [later Saint] Cœlestine, according to due order, is his successor and holds his place, and us he sent to supply his place in this holy synod, which the most humane and Christian Emperors have commanded to assemble, bearing in mind and continually watching over the Catholic faith. For they both have kept and are now keeping intact the apostolic doctrine handed down to them from their most pious and humane grandfathers and fathers of holy memory down to the present time, etc.

Agree or disagree with the Pope, but do either in a spirit of truth in charity, and often (as at the end of the Holy Rosary) pray a Pater, Ave, and Gloria for his protection. The shoes of the fisherman are tough ones to fill.

Where do I want to eat?

From an unofficial translation of the homily of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the square of the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Corpus Christi 2014:

If we look around us, we realize that there are so many food offerings that are not from the Lord and that apparently meet more. Some are fed with money, others with success and vanity, others with power and pride. But the food that nourishes us and that really satisfies us is only what the Lord gives us! The food that the Lord offers us is different, and maybe it does not seem as tasty as some food that gives us the world. So we dream of other meals, like the Jews in the desert, who regretted the meat and onions they ate in Egypt, but they forgot that those meals they ate at the table of slavery. They, in those moments of temptation, they had memory, but a memory sick, a selective memory. A memory of a slave, not of being free.

Each of us, today, it may be asked, and I? Where do I want to eat? At which table do I want to fed? The Lord’s table? Or dream of eating tasty food, but in slavery? In addition, each of us can ask ourselves: what is my memory? That the Lord save me, or that garlic and onions of slavery? With what memory I satiated my soul?

The Father tells us: “I have fed you with manna which you did not know.” We recover the memory. This is the task, retrieve the memory. And we learn to recognize the fake bread which deceives and corrupts, because the result of selfishness, self and sin.