posted on Feb, 23 2013 @ 03:38 AM
Let me also boldly say, that the nearly 8 year reign of Benedict 16 was DISASTROUS for the Catholic church. The choice of the cardinals in 2005 of a
78 year old "temporary" or "transitory" cardinal Ratzinger who was a part of the hierarchy of the last years of John Paul II, was the worst choice
they could do. They apparently wanted to postpone the hard decisions of the looming sexual crisis in the last years of JPII reign. The pedofile
scandal is not the only issue they had to face. The married priests, now promoted by the British N1 cardinal O'Brien, the divorced couples to receive
communion, and let say openly: the CONDOMS that John Paul II nearly compared to ABORTIONS "two fruits of the same tree" or something like that! (the
science and the common sense proves that the use of condoms do not make an abortion to happen!). The heritage of JPII I will not comment it, it has
both great achievements and failures. But in his late years he was totally inadequate to face the modern world's problems. Instead of choosing
someone younger and energetic to do exactly that, the elderly elders of the church chose not to choose - chose Ratzinger who in his first homilies
promised to leave untouched the Vatican administration. In the course of the years he did several touches though, cardinal Sodano resigned and was
changed by Ratzinger's secretary Bertone being one of the biggest changes. Whatever it is, the 8 years of Benedict were marked by continuous
scandals, by NOT FINDING THE WAY for elimination of continuous pedofile problem (lastly manifested in atholic Ireland to the extend Ireland to
nearlybreak diplomatic relations with Vatican and closing embassy there), among the rest. One may talk of achievements too, but they seem incomparably
small to the big problems Benedict leaves behind. Those problems were pretty much inherited but also deepened in the last years, and not resolved.
That all in the situation of a conservatism much bigger than that of JPII or Paul 6.
Now the cardinals have a chance for a fresh start. I don't know if cardinal Bertone is fit to do it, or someone outside the Vatican.
As far as Fatima is concerned, John Paul did almost everything both to reveal and to hide the real Fatima. The Y2000 official secret is an example how
the things SHOULD NOT BE DONE. Ratzinger having the second position in fatima-gate has a great role of hiding and MAY BE changing the texts. (if we
suppose the 2000 release is not part of the true secret but a total forgery of Lucy's handwritten text - see traditioncatholic website). I don't
know that. The 1984 consecration of Russia without mentioning Russia by name is another hot topic at the time, that was put aside with the Fall of
Communism. Unfortunately now we have a much stronger Russia equipped with much more modern weaponry capable of eliminating the West as superpower and
may be as civilization in a matter of minutes. In other words, the collapse of Communism did not lead to any Era of Peace as Fatima speaks of (or is
that true after all).
What everyone can see though is the social disaster within the catholic church, and a catholic hierarchy not able to offer any solution for the world,
while pretending to have leading positions in the wider world, especially in its most developed part. Let remember the initiative for a One World
Authority (or government) launched first by the commission leaded by cardinal Turcson. How could Turcson become a pope now???? It was then rejected by
cardinal Bertone after the public outcry, as if "he didn't know" of the document. Then in the last months pope Ratzinger personally went to the
commission of Turcson to...express his support of the One World Authority as a remedy for the world economic crisis!!!! If this is the successful
policy of Benedict, then the resignation is logical and may be even "too little too late". The history will judge the papacy in the last 3 decades
years after the Fall of Communism (for which John Paul played a great role indeed).
Now we are not to choose the history but the future. And some cardinals show they are posed to do so. As cardinal O'Brien who today proposed boldly
in the world media to have Married Priests. Pls see the entire text, it is worthy to be read in original. The question is the survival of the Catholic
church the way we know it, compared to disintegration by dioceses, countries, continents.