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Arrivederci Benedict

Updated on March 2, 2013

Leaving What Behind

Catholics are now in the interregnum, that period when the Church is without a leader. It is a unique one though, as for the first time in centuries, the Pope has basically abdicated the Chair of Peter.

Part of me felt sorry for Benedict XVI, he had a tough act to follow. His predecessor had a long reign and watched the fall of Communism in Europe and apartheid in South Africa.

But Benedict chose to stick to a traditional path. He continued to speak out against contraception and homosexuality. To deal with decling numbers, he allowed Anglicans opposed to that faith's acceptance of homosexuals to join the Catholic Church,

Also, there is the issue of sexual abuse by clergy. Might Benedict have left to leave that issue to his successor.

There is matter of that decline. In Europe, people are losing their faith and in Africa and Asia, people are turning to more evangelical forms of Christianity. Could Benedict have turned many people off with a faith that seems out of sync with a modern world.

Finally, could there be a "shadow papacy". Benedict has said he will not be seen in public, but might he still be heard from through others.


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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Frankly it is time that the Roman Catholic church has their power over people pedestal kicked out from under them. If they crumbled into the ashes of time, never to be seen or heard from again, it would be a greater service to society than their continuing fight against evolving with the rest of the world.

      I never did like this Pope, he was way to ready to shield the pedophiles from prosecution. Makes one wonder (question) his motives??