TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

A church in crisis

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Tribune-Review

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 12:30 a.m.

A series of scandals (not including priestly pedophilia) suggests the Catholic Church faces a larger, overarching crisis — one that begs the question of whether Pope Benedict XVI is up to the task of leadership.

There's the late-May arrest of the pope's butler for allegedly smuggling documents out of the private papal quarters. But that hasn't stopped further “Vatileaks” of information damaging to the pope's private secretary and the Vatican secretary of State.

There's the archbishop reassigned in October — as ambassador in Washington, far from the Vatican — after antagonizing what the German website Spiegel Online calls “old boys' networks” by curbing waste and abuse in contracting.

There's the ouster in May of the Vatican bank head who tried to increase transparency at an institution known for keeping Mafia money safe.

And there's Benedict, 85, the oldest pope in 109 years. He's finding if increasingly difficult to speak, walk — and, insiders say, lead.

“The Vatican is disintegrating into dozens of competing interest groups,” stifling reform as clerical communities jockey for influence today and in the next pope's selection, Spiegel Online reports.

Business as usual? We hope not. But if it is, dare we say it the Roman Catholic Church is not sustainable.

If Pope Benedict's successor similarly fails to lead and to reform the Vatican, scandals will continue to plague Roman Catholicism and the church surely will implode.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Garden Q&A: Firecracker vine OK for trellis?
  2. Starkey: Penguins’ arrogance astounding
  3. Matt Calvert’s goal in double OT evens series for Blue Jackets
  4. 1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Chartiers party
  5. Draftees’ longevity key for NFL success
  6. NFL notebook: Pryor will be cut if he’s not traded
  7. Pair of Braun homers spells defeat for Pirates
  8. Penguins’ Gibbons scores twice but leaves with apparent injury
  9. North Versailles, Murrysville families still waiting for report on 2011 chopper crash that killed couple
  10. Biertempfel: Kendall’s book offers inside look at life in majors
  11. State police: People injured in Parkway crash resulting from police chase
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.