February 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Pope Benedict XVI first to resign in nearly 600 years
Resignation came too late
Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) has finally secured his place in history with his resignation [”Pope’s dramatic move shifts church to future,” page one, Feb. 12]. The sad thing, however, is that he is resigning too late.
When the sex-abuse scandal widened to include German Bavaria and his possible involvement in covering it up when he was a German cardinal, he should have followed Nixon’s example and resigned then. Instead, his mediocre papacy blamed the accusers, the victims themselves, the media — in fact, almost anyone — in a lame attempt to try and deflect opinion from the church’s failings and his own personal failings.
By resigning, he has defined his legacy. He has defined the church as an institution of old men trying to hang on to power by any means necessary. He did not have the integrity to resign earlier, and he does not have the integrity or the moral authority to tell Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles to stay home. At least the cardinal from Great Britain has that going for himself.
The Catholic Church, in fact, has lost all moral authority. World leaders used to go to Rome to see the Pope. It was what you did! When was the last time a world leader visited the Pope?
–Thomas P. Maskal, Ellensburg
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