Really old popes can't do much damage to the Vatican, that's why they choose them. Sure, the spiritual messages are nice, but they sound like platitudes.
What people really want to know are things like: why is the Vatican sitting on a vast collection of (stolen) art pieces from around the world? And how many esoteric truths is it hiding? How many of these cardinals sit down to a big roast lunch, and talk about love and compassion, without caring one iota about the animal they're actually eating? etc etc
MickS says it well enough, great answer that!