Sunday, February 17, 2013

Not a communications crisis but a management crisis in Rome

"A radical transformation of the culture is unlikely. “We’re talking about people who have given their life to this institution, but at the same time the institution has become their life,” said one senior Vatican official. “Unlike parish priests, who have the personal rewards that come with everyday contact, their lot is not as human. It’s bureaucratic, but it becomes all-consuming.”

The entire debacle, he said, “wasn’t a communications crisis. It was a management crisis.”"


Cathcon- before the Council, before the vocations crisis, the best were sent to Rome but now it is in the interests of Dioceses to send their worst to Rome and keep the best for themselves.

Is this the reason that the Pope resigned?

The Pope does not believe every Pope is the choice of the Holy Spirit.  He may not believe he was the choice of the Holy Spirit

"I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope. … I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined.

Then the clincher:
There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked!"


The long goodbye of the Pope begins