posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 09:55 AM
perhaps most people don't know that almost everything important in the catholic church is leaded by the Curia or the Vatican government. While the
top members are changed/should be changed with every new pontiff elected, the lower hierarchy is much more difficult to change. The apparatus that
makes career with the years, the pyramidal structure. May be you don't know how much depends on those people whom no one sees on the TV screen. For
example, they select who will be your next bishop. The real power in the catholic church is not in the local bishop - it is in the Curia. Of course
leaded by the pope himself. But the pope cannot do alone all those tasks. We saw how that works in practice in the last years of John Paul II, blessed
indeed but incapable of controlling anything. The sex scandals surfaced around that time.
Now we see leading cardinals in US and also Germany (cardinal Kasper), want more transparency how the catholic church is managed by the Curia. What
exactly happens behind the walls of the Vatican. Because that concerns not only the members of the Vatican whose names are rarely mentioned. it
concerns all bishops, all faithful 1 billion. Is there any right for the members of the Catholic church except to obey orders from above in matters
that are neither dogmatic nor canonical, nor found in the scripture? How about the married priests that are allowed in the Eastern churches united to
the pope, as well as to the Anglican priests who choose to join the Catholic church? Why not then Catholic married priests? We remember how fast
cardinal O'Brien was exposed with quite an old sex scandal the moment he opened his mouth about the married priests. What a shame! Instead the
cardinals to talk openly of that possibility, that to be one of the main tasks for the new pope, to eliminate the CAUSE of the sex offenses - the
celibate priesthood that is mandatory in the Roman rite.
That move to transparency makes the US cardinals standing on the opposite side of the Curia cardinals who would naturally want to keep their power. To
that added the recent consistory of Benedict 16 that elevated to cardinals a dozen or more Curia members. Now they total 38.
I cannot help but think that John Paul II,cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected in a situation when the Vatican was marred in another type of crisis,
connected to secret societies and ecclesiastical masonry, the revelations of the secret Italian masonic lodge P2, and the catholic Banco Ambrosiano
scandals. He was elected from Socialist-then Poland, to change both the Catholic church and Europe.
Today there are new challenges added to the old problems. Today there isn't Socialist block to be destroyed. Will the US cardinals be that new force,
to unite the rest for the election of a non-Curia member pope, not one appointed by the Curia? I don't know. I hope the papacy of Petrus Romanus
(under any chosen name) will be quite different from the papacy of Benedict 16.