Scandal! The Pope resigned. The question is, why did it take so long? Surely it has nothing to do with the epidemic of sex and child abuse scandals. The Pope has been praised for making the heroic and historical decision to step down from his ungodly position. For a lot of people, he is nothing but a coward and a co-conspirator, covering up child rape all over the world. It is interesting that a past Pope Benedict* resigned in 1045, also under a cloud of scandal, though, it was financial.
What have we learned from Benedict's time as Pope? The Vatican launched an investigation leading to a crackdown on Nuns for their "radical feminism"! Stellar work there, Pope! I wonder if any of these nuns were ever accused of raping little boys?
Did you know covering up the rape and torture of children was costly?
The Associated Press estimated the settlements of sex abuse cases from 1950 to 2007 totaled more than $2 billion. BishopAccountability puts the figure at more than $3 billion in 2012.
I am guessing that the Vatican will never run out of money. Just like there will be no end to the suffering of thousands of children at the hands of the priests of the Catholic Church. Because this shit is STILL going down.
So, now that Pope Cover-Up is stepping down, what other evil will take his place? There is some suggestion that a "moderate" archbishop with more centrist views from South America is a front runner. Why, oh, why, does this guy sound like the Ronald Reagan of priests? (Just say "No" to little boys.) Will he be "moderate" when it comes to Catholics using condoms to prevent AIDS? Will the new Pope charge the Vatican to investigate the wave of crime committed within this institution for decades? Will there ever be justice for the thousands of tortured children, not to mention the millions that starve while the Pope sits on billions of dollars of art and artifacts?
I think that Catholics worldwide should demand an Inquisition of every pedophile priest and lock up these rapists. Instead of being sent to other parishes, where they start raping all over again.
No matter who is chosen to be the next Pope, it's going to be "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
If the new Pope wants to stop people from leaving the Catholic church in droves, he needs to clean the Vatican house and prosecute the criminals they have been protecting. Then sell off all the Vatican assets and really live the vow of poverty they take. The Pope and the Catholic church has no business preaching to anyone, when they can't even live up to their own standards. Did you know no one has ever been excommunicated for sexually abusing children? Thank God, I excommunicated myself from the evil that is the Catholic Church, a long time ago.
Read Christopher Hitchen's excellent article "The Pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it" Pope Benedict XVI resigns: Hitchens assesses pedophilia and corruption in the Catholic Church. - Slate Magazine