It begins

It begins

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be treated to all kinds of secular pundits opining about who should be the next pope and what qualities he should possess. I’m afraid many of them will be like this one in New York Newsday:

After a quarter-century of John Paul’s strong personality and hands-on management style, some want Vatican officials to stay out of the day-to-day operations of dioceses. Others believe officials in Rome should stay deeply involved to crack down on dissent.

If there’s one thing most of us who have seen the terrible bishops, bad theologians, and cuckoo nuns over the years agree on it is that Pope John Paul is not very hands on. That’s not to say he was a bad pope, but his style was very clearly hands off. He preached the truth and then let people accept it or not.

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Domenico Bettinelli