In an unprecedented and non-publicized move, Pope B16 did what most pastors of larger churches or church bodies should be doing – personifying the Gospels and 1 Corinthians 13 and reaching out to hurting members of his flock.
And before you prepare your commentary, I understand the Papacy holds a higher distinction than a senior pastor of some megachurch, but see the correlation… the pontiff is a senior pastor, leader of the Holy See, ‘the man’, insert your superlative here.
Aside from his trip to the White House, Nationals Park and the Bronx, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, urged B16’s entourage to squeeze in a very important meeting with some victims counseled by SNAP (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests). This impromptu visit can be summed up by one profound and chilling quote from Olan Horne, 48, who at age 6 was abused and has waited 42 years to say this, “I asked him to forgive me for hating his church and hating him.”
Pastors everywhere, take heed. When you think you are too busy jet-setting, book signing, hand holding and picture posing, there is always room to make time for… oh, what’s that called again… oh yeah, ministry. Even the POPE can fit the hurting in his schedule. WWJD? If you’re too busy trying to keep your job, you need to get busy doing your job.