Anyone see this hatchet job (Reuters)?
(04-12-2010, 12:35 PM)CrusaderKing Wrote:
(04-12-2010, 11:58 AM)MaterLaeta Wrote: I am so tired of seeing more of this!  Calling for the pope to resign, calls to arrest him, what next?  I am praying very much for Pope Benedict right now.

I thought his article was thought provoking, to say the least.  The summary of it is that while JPII was very charismatic, he was a poor judge of character and has left Benedict to clean up the mess, yet most Catholics will see JPII as the better Pope.


To my knowledge, this is the first secular news outlet that has run a story comparing the two Popes vis-a-vis on this whole issue.  Unfortunately, the columnist neglected to mention that Pope Benedict XVI met with victims of sex abuse, whereas his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, adamantly refused to meet with them.

I also don't agree with his comment that,  "His (Pope JP II) authority stabilized a reeling Church." He never had control over his Church thanks to his laissez-faire style of governance, and the Church continued the reeling that it has since the Papacy of Paul VI.

I wonder if any investigators will dig deeper to find how complicit Pope JP II was in the coverups and terrible way this was handled? The irony of this is that the current Pontiff wants his predecessor Beatified and Canonized, even though he handed him a mess.

Overall, the article was decent, which is as good as we can hope for from a secular media organ for a change.

Benedicts experience thus far has reminded me of the Fatima image of the bishop in white, climbing the hill, arrows and insults flying, and eventually falling to his knees...

I think it's much more likely to be him than the ostensible JPII assassination attempt

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Re: Anyone see this hatchet job (Reuters)? - by Iuvenalis - 04-12-2010, 01:36 PM

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