Apr 052011

Darien Clark’s Latest Papabili List, March 03, 2011.

by Darien Clark

John Paul had over 200 Apostolic Letters during his first six years as Pontiff.

2/ Many of Benedict’s Apostolic Letters double (at least according to the Vatican Webpage) as Motu Proprio.

The above numbers in graphical form:

  4 Responses to “Popes John Paul II & Benedict XVI: Comparison of Literary Output — First 6 Years”

  1. I think this comparison is interesting as far as it goes. When Benedict XVI became Pope he said that he did not plan to issue a great many documents. He wanted to see those produced under John Paul II more widely read and digested. Many of us felt that there were far too many documents coming from Rome. They were not all of equal value or significance. They were often not read, and have since gathered dust.

    This highlights a bigger problem in that there seems to be a growing gap between the statements and decisions of the Holy See and the reality of Church life as experienced around the world. There was an article published recently in an Italian newspaper arguing that the current Vatican structures are no longer “fit for purpose”. The various “gaffes” that have been reported, are not simply the result of bad communication, but they reflect a curia that is increasingly out of touch.

    In this view there is an urgent need for serious change in the structures that seem to belong to another age.
    Benedict is going to be 84 years old on April 16th. His strength is his theological acumen and his ability as a teacher. He is not really a man cut out to govern. The next conclave ought to address this issue of a Vatican structure that no longer works properly. Whether it will do so or not depends on how many Cardinals see this as crucial question. I am not sure what proportion of the existing college would share this analysis.

  2. Thank YOU father. This statement of yours requires reflection: ‘He is not really a man cut out to govern.’ That is quite a statement — especially since he might be around, WITHOUT retiring, for a long time yet! Lot to think about.
    That HE continues to pump out books in his own name, WITH HIS views … e.g., condoms, infallibility … make ME somewhat CYNICAL of his claim that he wants John Paul II’s work to be better assimilated.
    Time will tell. Right now, this pope, as far as I can tell, will, in time, only be remembered for one and only one thing.
    All the best, father.

  3. A religion–any religion–has the purpose of being an antidote,not a reflection,of a changing world in its implacable repetition of eternal verities.

  4. Wow. Sounds real good BUT what is it all about? Please elucidate. Is Buddhism a religion in your Web browser?
    Please send ME some stuff. I need to get back to Eris and Makemake (a name I love).
    Also starting, as of TODAY, a new (hopefully) daily feature. Any and all that contribute will be given credit. This should be right up your mouse.
    Actually, IF you want, and can supply me with the data, 7 days at a time, it can be an ENTIRE Louis Epstein production — each day.
    So stay TUNED.
    Is is it 70F in NY yet. Damn hot here.

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