But with all of its money and power the Church can’t escape the inevitable truth. And the truth is the Church has been a safe harbor for pedophile priest, homosexual men and lesbian women.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI should not come as a surprise. It was just last May, Pope Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with having stolen property containing leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting. Last December 17, Benedict received a report supervised by three cardinals called the “Vatileaks” affair. The dossier exposed a network of gay prelates in the Vatican having encounters with outside sources; opening the doors to blackmail, extortion and criminal charges. The pope decided to retire the same day he received the report. Benedict’s spokesman declined to confirm or deny the published reports of Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.
So who will replace the aging protector of pedophiles? Will there be an American Pope? And, what will the agenda be for the next world leader from the Vatican.
One candidate may have tipped his hand. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who heads the Catholic Church in Scotland, is challenging the churches celibacy requirements. He said priestly celibacy is “not of divine origin.” And noted that Jesus didn’t say the apostles should be celibate.
When Anglican clergy joined the Catholic Church because they opposed the ordination of women in their own churches, the Pope gave the married ministers special dispensation to remain married when ordained in the Catholic Church. Therefore, O’Brien says, celibacy is not of divine origin. Actually, celibacy is a contradiction of divine origin. Genesis 2:24 says: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
But O’Brien also said it’s time to think seriously about having a pope from outside Europe. That leads to speculation of an American cardinal occupying the throne of papal supremacy. It’s always been church policy to not to elect a pope representing a world power.
Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan was recently elevated to the status of Cardinal. He is a conservative and has led the church investigations of pedophiles and sex abuse within the church. He may be open to change for the sake of the creditability of church and could be progressive enough to make changes in the antiquated dogma of Rome, soothing the discontent within the Holy See.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.