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.
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