VATICAN GOVERNMENT IS A TRAIN WRECK? TOO HARSH? TO SOFT?
Yesterday, the daily national newspaper "USA TODAY" had an article on the various Vatican debacles in communication and governance. George Weigle and John Allen seem to be on the same page in their evaluation of things. Read it in USA TODAY by pressing USA TODAY.
The real controversy is that we finally have a pope who IS governing the Vatican (no disrespect to JPII, just that he was always on the road).
There have been some communications glitches, but overall, the Holy Father has returned sanity to a system that seemed out of control. The continual campaign to stick the abuse problems to him as former CDF chief isn't working, and it has no influence on him. The biggest problem the Holy Father has are the rupturistas who are undermining him, or as soon-to-be-Cardinal Bartolucci said, "He is a Napoleon without generals." Little by little, however, the Holy Father is finding field commanders worthy to be his generals, such as Cardinals Llovera and Ouellet. The Holy Father may be surrounded by sharks, but he swims smarter than his enemies.
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