Last month saw the publication of a book on the lives of the popes, and the stories of some of the Renaissance popes made for scandalous reading. They went beyond Peter who denied knowing Jesus. But Jesus foresaw all their failings. In spite of that, he built his Church on them, commissioning them to feed his sheep.
God did not send down angels to run his church. He did not send down angels to be our fathers and mothers. His plan has him entrusting us to our own kind, for better or for worse, for sickness and on health.
We honor our parents, our bishops, our popes, because they represent God’s authority. St. Paul spoke of this matter in Chapter Fourteen of his Letter to the Romans.
“Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God. Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed.”