While strenuous efforts are made to make something grand out of Benedict’s last days as the pope, they are just like pretty much his entire eight years in office, having to deal with one tawdry scandal and controversy after another.
We have the reports of a 300-page dossier supposedly detailing a web of sex, corruption, prostitution, and blackmail occurring right within the Vatican walls that was delivered to him the day he announced his resignation and that raised suggestions that he decided to quit because he did not have the energy to deal with yet another bombshell revelation. Benny has said that he will not share the dossier with the cardinals who arrive at the conclave to elect his successor, which means that it will come as a nice present for the new pope to deal with.
Then there was the resignation as archbishop of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the highest-ranking Catholic cleric in the UK, on charges that he acted ‘inappropriately’ towards some priests. While he remains a cardinal, he has said he will not attend the conclave.
And still within the US, we recently had the high-profile New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan being deposed about his role in the sex abuse and cover-up by priests in Milwaukee while he was the archbishop of that diocese.
So basically it is business as usual in the life of the Catholic Church. Is it any wonder that the pope want to get the hell out of Dodge as soon as he can?
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