So, Pope benedict XVI is going to resign by the end of the month. To be honest, I didn’t know that Popes could resign,but my experience of Popes has been pretty limited, and John Paul II stuck with the job until he died, so I raised an eyebrow or two when I heard this news.
I’d like to think that this is a move to return the powers of Catholicism to the believers and out of the ironically rich hands of those who preach that ‘it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle…’, but it seems as if this is more to do with the Pope’s advancing age, which makes sense, he’s not a young man, and he did have the unfortunate job of coming into power as the pedophilia scandal hit its peak, which, along with news coming out about his childhood, could quite easily stress one out enough to make a Pope feel like he’s been in a job for twenty years rather than eight.
To make things clear, I am a cultural Catholic in the sense that I was a member of the religion for most of my life and went to the churches and schools sporting the name of the romanized religion, and there was a lot of love for John Paul II, and despite the fact that much of what has given the Catholic church a bad name was done by the late Pope, it seems that Benedict XVI took most of the shit for it, which, given that he was a member of the Hitler youth, should not be surprising; he makes an ideal scapegoat. It does worry me that if many of the same people who moved pedophiles around to different parishes and kept their crimes quiet, had done so out of the safety net of the church, they would have been facing harsh prison sentences, and that they are practically immune, but there’s not much that can be done about that while the influence of the church is so strong.
I don’t mean for this post to come across as negative; I sympathize with Catholicism, but its upper echelons do not practice what they preach, and indeed, are some of the main drivers of the major backlash against religion in the recent past, and present.