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LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM PAUL KOKOSKI

234 Columbia Drive

Hamilton, Ontario. L9C 3Y9.

Canada.

Phone: (905) 385-0439.

February, 2013.

Dear Editor,

I have enclosed the following opinion piece “Ecce homo,” “Behold the man!” regarding the pope’s resignation for publication. I believe it is timely and well suited for general readership. Please let me know if you intend on printing it. Thank you.

“Ecce homo,” “Behold the man!” These were the words spoken by Pontius Pilate when he presented a scourged Jesus Christ to a hostile mob shortly before his crucifixion. The same words aptly apply today to Pope Benedict XVI, as he is being held up to unprecedented ridicule and scorn by a hateful press and a world so out of touch with its spiritual nature and moral being. One can almost hear Jesus saying to the peaceful and benevolent pope: “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first” (John 15:18).

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to abdicate the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, comes at a time when there is ferocious battle going on within the Catholic Church and a rising tide of hatred towards authentic Christianity from outside. The pope has had to endure much in his heroic efforts to steer the Barque of Peter away from the errors and influence of the progressives, atheists, and other dissidents. For strategic reasons, due to “deteriorating strength of mind and body”, the pope has chosen to humble himself in an act self-sacrifice to pave the way for an urgently needed stronger pope and stronger Church. He has chosen to engage in an act of supreme charity not only for the good of the Catholic Church, but for the whole world. And he has done it at the very beginning of Lent, the Catholic season of special prayer, fasting and almsgiving that culminates in the full remembrance of the suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter.

The world wants to see the death of the church because it knows the church is the mother of all saints. It knows that the Catholic Church is the last bastion of hope against a materialistic world that craves immorality at every step including homosexuality, same-sex marriage, easy divorce, abortion, radical feminism, contraception, embryonic stem-cell research and cloning. Contrary to his critics, Pope Benedict will be remembered not for the scandals of a few priests but for his intense suffering in protecting the faith from wolves in sheep’s clothing. He will be known as one of the greatest of Catholic martyrs.

The Holy Father was an inspiration and a model witness to the life of Christ; a shepherd of truth constantly guarding his flock so that Christ might find faith on earth when He returns. Immersed in profound humility and immense love for both God and man he has always been a source of strength, encouragement, confidence, optimism and enlightenment not only to Catholics but to all men of good will.

A champion of the poor and ardent exponent of Christian unity, the German Pontiff was, in many and such capacities as teaching, governing and sanctifying, both a beacon of light and salt of the earth. He has never ceased to offer fresh hope for defeating the forces of tyranny, cynicism and moral relativism hovering like a dark cloud on the horizon.

 

Successor of Peter and Vicar of Christ, he was the world’s most influential and uncompromising defender of the dignity of human life. His tenacious pleas for the development of a “culture of life” and parallel denunciations of the “culture of death” have been instrumental in rallying opposition to the immorality of war, terrorism, abortion, euthanasia, divorce, contraception, homosexuality and embryonic-tissue research.

Pope Benedict XVI lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way. He was slow to condemn and quick to forgive, applying the medicine of mercy to all sinners.

He has a brilliant philosophical and, in particular, theological mind that has endearingly embraced a vision of broad spiritual and ecclesial horizons: personal holiness extended to the supreme sacrifice, missionary outreach combined with constant concern for unity, the necessary integration of spiritual charism and institutional ministry.

His episcopal motto “Co-worker of the Truth” has guided him in his tireless and uncompromising efforts aimed at defending and promoting the Catholic faith and its morals against modern errors in an age in which the Catholic Church has suffered unprecedented persecutions and martyrdom.

Pope Benedict XVI has also worked to encourage studies aimed at increasing knowledge of the faith so that the new problems arising from the progress of science and civilization can be answered in the light of the Word of God.

The aim for which he has always striven has been to serve the truth, seek to know it ever more thoroughly and make it ever more widely known. May the Lord of all graces and giver of every gift bless Pope Benedict XVI.

Sincerely,

Paul Kokoski.

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