Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Benedict Resigns. Why?

   Not that it has anything to do with my novel, except insofar as it involves unmerited religious and sociopolitical authority....

BUT ...

Pope Benedict is resigning, and this is the time to evaluate his legacy.

I figure, if you're going to state an opinion, you might as well state the most inflammatory one you've got in the arsenal. So here goes.

This Pope systematically covered up for child abuse before he was elevated to the papacy, and most of us are (ahem) sugarcoating that uncomfortable fact at the moment.

An excellent article by Adele Stan suggests that the Pope's resignation, rare but not unheard of in Catholic history, may in fact be related to the still-escalating sexual abuse scandal.

I believe what then-Cardinal Ratzinger did constitutes a criminal offense in the US. I also believe His Holiness should be going to a maximum security prison, not to a cloister somewhere. Some people don't want to hear that, but I think it must be said.

Observations about Benedict's ancient links to Nazi groups have led mostly to cheap jokes, and these jokes are dominating many of the discussions about his decision to resign. But there is nothing funny about knowingly protecting pedophiles. Questions about who should be held accountable for Benedict's manifest obstruction of justice are more relevant and more important, I think.