To the editor:
In his book “My Brother, The Pope,” Msgr. Georg Ratzinger recounts (from) his brother’s homily at his ordination as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, his brother Joseph’s words on what a Bishop is. I should like to give a portion here. He says, “the Bishop does not act in his own name but, rather, is the trustee of someone else, of Jesus Christ and his church. He is not a manager, a boss in his own right, but rather the delegate of someone else, whose place he takes. Hence he cannot arbitrarily change his opinion and advocate one thing today and something else tomorrow, depending on how promising it seems. He is not there to spread his own private ideas but, rather, is an envoy who has to deliver a message that is greater than he. He is measured by this fidelity; that is his task.”
This message is very similar to the one he gave to the faithful and he would at his inauguration mass as Pope. Msgr. Ratzinger also stated that his brother has always believed that the church cannot herself ally with the spirit of the age. If you haven’t read this book yet I encourage you to do so. Who knows the Holy Father better than his brother and lifelong friend? Our Lord has given the universal church a person after his own heart, let us pray that he will do the same for the Diocese of Rochester as we await the naming of our next bishop.