Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Because it's not like he has anything else to do, right?

From the Zenit News Service:
A Blogging Benedict XVI?
Chinese Laywoman Makes Proposal at Synod

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 14, 2008 ( One of the auditors at the world Synod of Bishops has suggested that Benedict XVI opens a blog to explain the word of God in an attractive way.

The proposal was made today by Agnes Lam, president of the Catholic Biblical Association of Hong Kong.

Among her suggestions to promote the word of God so that the faithful can come to know Christ, she included the blog proposal, bringing smiles from many of the bishops.

She invited "the Holy Father to open a multi-language blog to shepherd today's world: [a] daily scriptural verse with [a] simple reflection, brief text and plentiful images."

Lam also suggested other means for spreading knowledge of the Bible.

Above all, she recommended simple methods of meditation in a complex world. As examples, she suggested reciting verses of the Bible and lectio divina.

"Reading the Bible is like eating," Lam said, "a homemade soup prepared with love and time is delicious, while fast food is tasteless."

A few personal thoughts here:
  1. The man has enough to do with, you know, running the Church.  Besides, there are at least a dozen books out there which are collections of his reflections on Sacred Scripture.
  2. He thinks, theologically, on a whole different plane then 90% of us.  A reflection from him that is "simple" and "brief" requires him to spend time essentially "dumbing it down" to the level of theological neophytes.  Plus, to ask for pretty pictures is a little insulting; I don't think he needs "filler space".
  3. We don't need something straight from the Pope every day; this is what he has bishops for!  On the diocesan level, I think a daily scripture reflection would be a great thing.  People could submit their e-mail addresses to receive periodic reflections from their local Bishop.  Come to think of it, it could also be done on the parish level, for that matter.  The New Evangelization at work!

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