Whether as populist-opportunist or pastor bonis, what remains clear to us is that Francis already grasped this development early on in his pontificate when few would have argued with the idea that Jesus can be far more effectively sold today through web clicks and profile page ratings - a notion which aptly coincides with the current requirement to package a more hip holiness for mass consumption.
Don't allow yourself to be lectured on morality by an organization which has made damn sure that it hasn't got a leg left to stand on either. At least there was some honesty about Ratzinger, he didn't hide his scorn for the ungodly.
Where once the public might have been duped into believing that the moral compass of the religious was faithful and true, it is now painfully apparent that this compass is not only unreliable but has been tossed overboard.
First, they started electing Popes who weren't Italian. Now a Pope is resigning. Who says the Catholic church never moves with the times?
And so we are to see an end to the rule of Joseph Ratzinger at the Vatican. At such times it is usual to break out into a chorus of Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead from The Wizard of Oz, but we fear that Ratzinger's successor will be as bad, if not worse, than the man himself.
Over the years Pope Benedict XVI has received more than his fair share of gifts from world leaders, including presents from
Pope Benedict XVI is to resign as the head of the Catholic Church on February 28, the Vatican said on Monday. It will be
Joseph Ratzinger obviously is not infallible; no intelligent person would ever have believed that he was. Worse than that, however, he is now a sinister and retarding force for both religion and gay rights, out of touch with the majority of the faithful and totally unqualified to preach morality.
The Vatican has rejected claims by Irish PM Enda Kenny that it sabotaged efforts by Irish bishops to report child-molesting