The Church Lady Take on Pope Benedict XVI: “Enough”

Pope Benedict XVI and Church Lady

Pope Benedict XVI and Church Lady

Pope Benedict XVI woke everyone up this morning with the shocking news that he is resigning.  The official statement named his deteriorating health as the primary cause of his decision, one that has not been made in nearly 600 years.

I can believe that deteriorating health was a reason, but I also believe that Pope Benedict XVI knew when he accepted the position that it was for a lifetime, after all no one in modern history has ever resigned from the position due to health reasons it is understood that it is a position of life (unless some politics  forces you to resign).

Pope Benedict’s  announcement caused my mind to wonder further when I read his brother noted the Pope had made this decision months ago.

I then began to reflect on the many Catholic Church scandals  Pope Benedict XVI  was forced to endure during  his tenure, specifically the sexual abuse scandals by which he was berated for not taking stronger action  against the Priests who committed such horrific crimes.  It appears that the Catholic Church sex scandals are not going away and  are continuing to reveal themselves everyday.

Then we must bring into play his more recent Catholic church scandal, “Vatileaks,” in which his butler was convicted by a Vatican court in October of aggravated theft after he admitted stealing confidential documents, exposing Pope Benedict XVI.

For those of you that may not be familiar with the case, the Vatileaks scandal is a scandal involving leaked Vatican documents, allegedly exposing corruption. The scandal first came to light in late January 2012 in a television programme aired in Italy under the name of The Untouchables (Gli intoccabili). Further information was released when Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi published letters from Carlo Maria Viganò, formerly the second ranked Vatican administrator to the pope, in which he begged not to be transferred for having exposed alleged corruption that cost the Holy See millions in higher contract prices. Viganò is now the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Over the following months the situation widened as documents were leaked to Italian journalists, uncovering power struggles inside the Vatican over its efforts to show greater financial transparency and comply with international norms to fight money laundering. Also in early 2012, an anonymous letter made the headlines for its warning of a death threat against Pope Benedict XVI. The scandal escalated in May 2012 when Nuzzi published a book entitled His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI consisting of confidential letters and memos between Pope Benedict and his personal secretary, a controversial book that portrays the Vatican as a hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting. The book reveals details about the Pope’s personal finances, and includes tales of bribes made to procure an audience with him. Source

Chile Pleeze,  the Vatican sounds a lot like the Black Church! 

When you put all of this into context one can understand why Pope Benedict XVI would tell the world, ENOUGH!

May God continue to shine upon Pope Benedict and allow him grace and mercy the remaining days of his life.