We are living in my opinion, in a time when the unthinkable will happen. This is a place where I can discuss it as it happens. It’s kind of hard to do so at school. I intend to put links, and news clippings from the web that I find in this forum. We can speculate and share news, but lets make sure we separate the church, from the corruption. I would like to talk about and share information to enable us to understand the issues, and prepare us, as like I, many live in communities with large Roman Catholic communities. This is going to affect us all. It is going to affect how people see God.
Pope Benedict XVI ,
(Ben)use to head the inquisition, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. For 26 years he was the Edgar Hoover of the Vatican. He was not just in charge of all cases of sexual abuse by clergy, but other files. It would be like the head of the KGB became President of Russia. (Putin)
long time foe of the Pope and leading Roman Catholic theologian and Priest in Europe. The two have a history, and revisionist Catholics have been providing him with inside information about Ben, since Ben had him silenced. (He removed his Catholic teaching License). The two worked together as advisor during Vatican 2, and Hans got Ben his job as a Professor. He has stated that the Pope is at the centre of the cover-up, and he has documented proof. It is clear the RC insiders has been feeding him documentation on the activities of Ben for many years.
Arguable the most powerful group. One American lawyer has already made 20 million dollars in suing the Catholic Church. The Church has paid out over 1 Billion to victims of priests. This means hundreds of US lawyers are now working full time with other victims.
The Italian Left:
has a long history with the church. The church has been used against the left, and some in the left in Italy are out to get the church” this is important, because in reality, the Vatican is part of Italy.
(All Church members, and in particular the abuse victims.) This group, arguably the least powerful, will watch as politics takes over their concerns.
The College of Cardinals and the Vatican Government.
This group has suffered from the loss of their talent pool resulting from the decline of the number of people becoming Priests, plus the decision to exclude honest priests who dissent on issues such as women becoming Priests. These people are not as capable as past church leaders. They are reduced to; the out of touch with the world conservative wing of the church, the inapt, opportunists, and socio-paths, like the former head of the Missionaries of Christ, who raped hundreds of children.
The nightmare scenario for them is not the resignation of Ben. What they fear the most IMHO is the questioning of the legitimacy of the Pope, and having competing claims of authority.
If it comes out that Ben used his knowledge of insider dirt as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to become Pope, and either directly or indirectly threaten to expose some of the Cardinals. His election as Pope will be questioned. All decisions made by him will become questionable, including appointments to the current College of Cardinals.
If it is not clear who holds the throne of Peter, then the Vatican will split.