With much talk lately and my own curiosity/knowledge developing about Tradition, I went back and took a look at Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s words that helped convert me to find what I saw in him that I do not see in Pope Francis. Here are some words that I cannot see Francis offering:
After the tearing of the Temple curtain and the opening of the heart of God in the pierced heart of the Crucified, do we still need sacred space, sacred time, mediating symbols? Yes, we do need them, precisely so that, through the “image”, through the sign, we learn to see the openness of heaven.
And, sad to say, it seems like a lot of his defenders would also refuse to say this kind of thing, as if our traditions are superfluous, movable, not so much sacred as appreciable.