Andrew Sullivan writes
The damage Benedict XVI has done to the Catholic church and the papacy may be far from over. All I can say about yesterday’s developments is that they seem potentially disastrous and also indicative to me of something truly weird going on underneath all of this.
Benedict XVI has claimed that his almost unprecedented resignation came about simply because of his physical infirmity in the face of what appears to be a growing vortex of sexual and financial scandal inside the Vatican. He said he would quietly disappear to serve the church through prayer and meditation. But we now realize he’s going nowhere. He’s staying in the Vatican’s walls, and retaining the honorific “His Holiness.” He will keep white robes. His full title will be Pope Emeritus. Far from wearing clerical black, returning to the title of Bishop of Rome, and disappearing into a monastery in Bavaria, he’s going to be a shadow Pope in the Vatican. And this, we are told, was his decision: Read more »
Kathryn Ryan interviews US correspondent Jack Hitt. Kathryn takes a minute to settle to the seriousness of the interview, you just have to put up with her, or jump to 1 minute into the clip if you want to save a minute of your life.
It is really recommended that those who are blindly supporting the Catholic Church listen to this interview. This interview is as damning for the Church as it is for the current Pope, and it lifts the veil on what lies behind his true reasons for resigning.
The short audio clip is over the break. Read more »
Barbie Latza Nadeau at The Daily Beast writes about all the conspiracy theories that are flying around about Pope Benedict resigning. One thing is in common with a few of them…they feature dodgy catholic ratbags:
While the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal was obviously a huge weight on the pope’s shoulders, Vatican watchers say it was actually the VatiLeaks butler saga and allegations of impropriety at the Vatican Bank that played more important roles in his resignation. “Benedict may not have quit because of the pedophilia scandals or any other specific controversy,” says Vatican expert John Allen. “But it’s hard to believe they didn’t play a role, at least as background.”
Financial impropiety, and dirty filthy pedo priests…then there are the health scare rumours: Read more »
I don’t agree with this obviously, except the Marxism part, that is true.
But it is funny and worth a discussion.
The Pope thinks that gay marriage is a threat to humanity. Yet his church and he remains silent about his priests buggering boys.
Perhaps this will help him.
Pope Benedict says gay marriage is one of several threats to the traditional family that undermines “the future of humanity itself”.
The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.
He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman”.
“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.
You know what? I’ll start listening to the Pope when his priests stop buggering little boys.