A prudent reminder from Fr. Hunwicke:
“[I]t is one of the reproaches urged against the Church of Rome, that it has originated nothing, and has only served as a sort of remora or break in the development of doctrine. And it is an objection which I embrace as a truth; for such I conceive to be the main purpose of its extraordinary gift. “. — J. H. Newman …
Very occasionally, a Pope is, in addition to being Pope, also an important Teacher. One thinks of Innocent III, Benedict XIV, Benedict XVI. Thank God for such rare and glorious exceptions. But they are not what the Papacy is about. At base, the Pope is just the man who goes around sticking into the ground the notices which say BEWARE OF MINES.
It gets dangerous when people start to expect much more of a Pope than this.
O great patroness of Rome, and of all the faithful in union with Rome, watch over your servant and give him the words to declare Christ’s merciful reign over the Holy Land and over all the earth. –> “Pope Francis visits St Mary Major before his Holy Land visit“