Friday, February 15, 2013

Pope of little faith

So I'm seeing a lot of news stories regarding the resignation of the Pope, the single most powerful person in modern Christianity.  The reason cited seems to be a lack of strength to continue doing what is probably a pretty busy job, though I wouldn't be at all surprised if a major scandal is brewing and he is getting out before it goes public.  A lot of questions are being asked, such as what he should be called in his retirement.  However there is one question that I haven't seen asked, that I'd like to pose here. 

Why doesn't he have enough faith in his god to trust that it will give him the strength to continue?

The Bible and Christian lore are full of stories about how Yahweh will give strength.  Stories such as the footprints on the beach, in which Jesus carries a Christian during the toughest times of his life, are well known.  If I recall correctly, the Bible contains verses about Yahweh giving strength, including a passage about how if people have faith the size of a mustard seed (a very small seed), they can move mountains.  We are surrounded weekly with stories from athletes and survivors of adversity about how Yahweh gave them the strength to win and survive.

So where is Pope Benedict's faith?  Why doesn't he trust that his god will give him the strength needed to continue his job, as the supposed most important Christian on Earth?  Why doesn't he continue until the day he drops dead, always with the belief that, at any moment, Yahweh will provide the extra boost he needs to finish?  Why is he just giving up?  Why does he apparently believe the strength is not coming? Has he not prayed?  No, surely he has prayed.  Why is his prayer not being answered?  Is his work not supposed to be extremely important to Yahweh?

First there was the bulletproof Popemobile and now this.  Am I the only one who gets the feeling that the Pope is a faith-fraud?