Taken in 2009, I thought this would be a topical image to show today. Click on image for a better view.
I woke this morning to find that Ratzinger has resigned as Pope. As Martha Stewart might say: that’s a good thing.
Ratzinger supported the fundamentalist and anti-female doctrines of John Paul II and spearheaded the fight against Liberation Theology, the first movement in a thousand years that sought to bring the Church back to the poor and their welfare.
As a Cardinal-Archbishop he personally sheltered priests guilty of sex crimes and, as head of the Church’s review of child abuse he failed to act decisively. Since becoming Pope he has again failed to rid the priesthood of this evil and has consistently refused to treat the victims with the respect and decency they deserve.
As Pope, he has accused Islam of being inherently evil, and has supported the use of the Tridentine Mass that specifically insults Jews.
And now he is leaving. Good riddance. However, he has filled the College of Cardinals with his deeply conservative cronies and so, no matter the colour or origin of the next Pope, he — always a he, of course — will likely follow a similar path.
ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς.