Spengler: ‘I Have a Mustard Seed, and I’m Not Afraid to Use It’ (1)

All who love the Free World heard with sadness today’s news of the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, whose physical infirmity caused him to step down from the chair of St. Peter. As the shepherd of the founding institution of the West, Benedict personally embodied its best traditions. He is one of the last men living to have assimilated the fullness of European culture, a member of the “heroic generation” of Catholic theologians that included Henri de Lubac and Hans Urs von Balthasar.

We will remember many acts of intellectual courage from this pope. One in particular comes to mind today, namely his speech at the University of Regensburg on September 12, 2006. In the face of great controversy, Benedict cited the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologue: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” And he added:


Afternoon Update:

12:26 pm EST, February 13th, 2013 — What do you do with an ‘ex-Pope?’

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  • Jack

    Re: Sub-link. Just what do you do with an ex-pope? I like the idea suggested somewhere of permitting Benedict to revert to his last rank with the honorary position of “Cardinal Emeritus”. No official duties but available for advice when required.

    Of course that will be up to him and just my thoughts on the matter. Others may disagree.

  • Joe

    There are reasons I am not a Roman Catholic. This Pope is not one of them. Despite the chattering classes attempt to discredit him he held his own very well. I can only hope that whoever is the next Pope is just as firm in the faith and traditions that have been handed down from antiquity. God Speed Pope Benedict XVI.