Most of my friends know I am a rather skeptical Christian with many unresolved questions. Regardless, a few years ago I became a fan of Pope John Paul and I've read many of his books. No, I didn't always agree, but I did respect his thoughts regarding the Catholic Church's position on most issues. I believe Pope John Paul was a terrific person, an outstanding intellectual, and a powerful advocate of Catholic religious thought.
Pope Benedict followed, and has a completely different personality. They say he is a bright light in Catholicism, but frankly, I think he pales in comparison with Pope John Paul. The new Pope shoots himself in the foot periodicaly, and I do not think it benefits the troubled Catholic Church.
Here is a typical example. In 2001 and 2005 the Church issued watered down policy statements attempting to put a bandaid on the sexual abuse problem. Now, years later, Pope Benedict is again in the process of defining penalties for PRIESTS who sexually abuse children. This time he has defined "children" and included mentally disabled adults. He has also extended the statute of limitations from 10 years after a victim turns 18 years old . . .to 20 years after. His new policies are not complete nor are they of any help to the seriously challenged Church.
POPE BENEDICT HAS MANAGED TO OUTRAGE CATHOLICS WORLDWIDE BY PURPOSELY NOT INCLUDING BISHOPS, CARDINALS AND OTHER EXECUTIVES OF THE CHURCH IN HIS SEX ABUSE POLICY - AND - BY EQUATING SEXUAL ABUSE WITH THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN.
This has caused a turmoil in the church like none before.
Pope Benedict must be terribly out of touch with his flock.
He's shot himself in the foot again . . . while the church suffers.