A few words about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI yesterday. I am not a Catholic but I believe the significance of this event warrants a thought or two.
Benedict’s resignation was the subject of conversation at work today. The consensus was that he was either forced out or that he had done something untoward. It is lamentable that people are so suspectible to conspiracy theories.
I reminded people that he is 85-years old, not in the best of health and never wanted his tenure to end in the manner of his predecessor. This seemed to mollify a few people.
Yet one cannot underestimate the damage the sexual abuse scandal has done to the Catholic Church (particularly here in Boston). This went on for decades and the Church did a great deal to aid and abet what became the largest paedophilia ring in the world. Of course, it must be acknowledged that Benedict did a great deal to bring this scandal to light before his ascension to the papacy. Still, it will take decades to recompense this breach
Regardless of who the College of Cardinals chooses to lead the Catholic Church, the best thing it can do to renew the faith of its followers will be through deeds rather than words.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?