Our cellar flooded with sewage 8 weeks ago. The pong went nevertheless the clean-up seems unending, with material relocated from space to space in a sorting process that is protracted. It’s going to look worse before it gets better, a close friend stated sagely. Exactly the same will also apply to the Roman Catholic Church, I was thinking last week, while the accelerated departure of Cardinal Keith O’Brien adopted from the heels of the papal resignation unprecedented in seven hundreds of years.
It really is just the latest of a few harmful news tales surrounding the Vatican which may have kept Roman Catholics anything like me punch-drunk aided by the duplicated blows. On Ash Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI publicly lamented the rivalry and disunity of this factions disfiguring the church – a maybe maybe not so-veiled mention of the report he’d commissioned, and just received, from three top cardinals to the Vatileaks scandal where in fact the Pope’s very very very own butler began passing key papers to a journalist to reveal the intrigue and in-fighting within the Roman Curia.
Italian magazines declare that the 300-page dossier exposes that one of many Vatican factions is a homosexual clerical mafia, which include a few cardinals, whom have pleasure in sauna intercourse events in personal life that operate completely contrary to church training. It shocked Benedict into resigning, putting the dossier in a papal safe for their successor to tackle.
The Pope’s respected press secretary Fr Federico Lombardi has dismissed all of this as a swirl of “gossip, misinformation and quite often slander”. But there may be without doubt regarding the gravity of this minute. The historian Professor Tom Devine has described the affair that is o’Brien “probably the gravest single general public crisis going to the Catholic Church in Scotland considering that the Reformation” whose effects are “incalculable”. Continue reading An opportunity when it comes to Vatican to spring clean