Thomas Mathew reports from the Vatican: Spare a thought for more than a billion Catholics in the world who are probably still in shock after that bombshell of a resignation by Pope Benedict XVI who cited his bad health as the main reason for stepping down. This in itself is so unusual that most people of the Catholic faith may be forgiven for wondering what the hell’s going on in the Vatican? The word is that His Holiness had not told anyone of his decision in advance, apart from consulting the Almighty and supposedly getting the all clear from Him. So now, technically speaking, Catholics will get two Popes for the price of one, if you pardon the retail trade terminology, once the new Pope is elected by the cardinals in March.
The thing that worries most people, who are not indifferent to their Catholic faith, is that nothing in the revised edition of the Canon Law allows the Pope to resign. So the move is highly irregular and goes against the Catholic tradition. Not to mention that the resignation itself was announced in a very strange way, as if Pope Benedict was some government official who simply found it too much to carry on. Let’s not forget that His Holiness took his Oath before God when he was enthroned and anointed as the Vicar of Rome. So how it is that he has found it possible to simply step down when he was appointed for the whole of his natural life is not clear. Even though everyone in the Vatican is now pretending that it’s no big deal really.
Atheists are gloating of course, hinting that Pope Benedict must have stood down because he was out of touch on such big issues as contraception, abortion and gay rights, not forgetting his supposed ‘failure’ to properly sort out the child abuse scandal within the Catholic Church. They obviously forget that paedophiles, who are to religion what criminals are to law and order, have been infiltrating the Church for decades, with the obvious intent of targeting vulnerable children. To blame the Catholic Church for their behaviour is a bit rich, coming from atheists who preach promiscuity and view moral degradation as something to be proud of. Not forgetting that paedophile scandals involving politicians and celebrities have been suppressed on very many occasions in the past. (The name of Roman Polanski is a reminder of this.) Not to mention the cover up of the paedophile ring that had been operating for more than half a century behind the walls of the publicly funded BBC. And of course don’t forget the countless police investigations across the world that had uncovered international paedophile rings numbering thousands of people, who nevertheless never got prosecuted after some powerful individuals interfered and blocked the legal process.
The words ‘those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’ come to mind in this respect.
Incidentally, Pope Benedict was given terrible advice by his aides who convinced him to make an apology for all the cases of child abuse that were uncovered in the Catholic Church. Why was there any need to apologise for what atheists, who joined the faith on false pretences, have done? It was not a good move. It was a trap actually and the Pope fell into it.
But back to the Catholics who may be finding all of what has happened in the Vatican on Monday puzzling and discouraging. The thing to remember here is that Pope Benedict is still a human being, with all the weaknesses and doubts thrown in. If he found it too tough to carry on, then it was his choice and no one else’s. Christianity is based on the freedom of choice and if some people are unable to make the right one, then it does not devalue the Christain religion but it does show their lack of judgement.
The one thing to remember here is this: atheism, which is being promoted by mainstream media, the publishing and film industries and by broadcasting and the entertainment world, all of which have been hijacked by liberal thinking, is a dead end street, offering nothing of any substance. Religion, on the other hand, has the answers. But people need to search for them.