I see that Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation. I have long admired the intellect and spirituality of this man and, especially, his emphasis on joy. On my Facebook timeline there is a place for a favorite quote. For years it has been this:
The loss of joy does not make the world better – and, conversely, refusing joy for the sake of suffering does not help those who suffer. The contrary is true. The world needs people who discover the good, who rejoice in it and thereby derive the impetus and courage to do good.
—Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the End
The Catholic Church has some unfortunate history and some current scandals. But it’s charity work is priceless and its intellectual and spiritual resources benefit many who are not Catholic. I am no fan of Catholic bashing. I hope the wisdom of the above quote will be remembered and contribute to the future of the human race