Re: Pope Benedict XVI to resign..!
posted at 2/11/2013 8:05 PM EST
Mr. Ratzinger filled the role of the dutiful son, and got Mr. Wojtyla's "third term" in American parlance. I was worried about him before he got it, because of the way he'd served as Mr. Wojtyla's enforcer and the Hitler Youth thing. But when I saw his actual countenance, not so much. He looked like he couldn't believe all this was happening. Dogmatic? Yeah. But the most important, healthy schism between The Church and catholics survives.
For the moment, my money's on either Alzheimer's or the coverups finally catching up with him. I've thought about the butler's revelations, but that's been handled (apparently to a successful political conclusion, though maybe it was a chink). But there are still different flavors of catholicism. The German flavor has got to be pressing, pressing, pressing over what they know. They managed to exorcise the Hitler Youth thing, but this won't go away until the perps at all levels are gone.
If it's the coverups, I say again I think our Mr. O'Malley is on the short list, in order to exorcize the damn spot. The cardinals, those who aren't complicit, must be getting very, very tired of carrying the burden. And looking at Mr. O'Malley's bio, we see that he and Mr. Levada - appointed by Mr. Ratzinger as his successor as head of the Doctrine of the Faith - are tight and go back a long way. So he's wired as well as iconic.
It would be stunning if we get anything but a dogmatic replacement. (Every current elector was appointed by Messrs. Wojtyla and Ratzinger.) I hope we get at least a uniter.
Back to the top, if it's of his own volition, I share miscricket's point throughout this thread that he's to be commended by history.
But it is inescapable that he could not have done anything more modern.