We could file this one under "To the corrupt, everything else appears corrupt:"
The Vatican denies that Ganswein working for both the old Pope and the new Pope will cause any conflict of interest. But there's a more scandalous question as well, as put forward by Andrew Sullivan, perhaps the best-known Catholic blogger in America, today:Sullivan, a Catholic blogger? lolzzozolozzolzzozolzozololz. I clearly remember a joke that made the rounds during the last conclave eight years ago: "When white smoke emerges from the Sistine Chapel's chimney, we'll know we have a pope. When white smoke emerges from Andrew Sullivan's ears, we'll know the new pope is Catholic." And he didn't disappoint me. If you thought Sullivan had a histrionic meltdown during the first presidential debate last year, he was apoplectic when Benedict was elected. Not surprisingly, Sullivan pronounces Benedict's papacy a failure.
He pledged to re-convert Europe with a newly authoritarian papacy, a rigid doctrinal discipline, and a purer, older form of Catholicism. He did not just fail; his papacy has been a rolling disaster for the Church in the West.If the Holy Father's "version" of Catholicism was rejected by those within the Church then that says much more about them than it does about Benedict. I share Sullivan's disappointment that Benedict was not more forceful and did not clean house, but I suspect we have different ideas of what it is Benedict should have cleaned up.He lost Ireland, for Pete’s sake, if you’ll pardon the expression. His version of Catholicism entered the public square and has been overwhelmingly refuted, rejected, and spurned by not just those outside the Western church but by so many within it. And in his inability to rise to the occasion of unthinkable evil in the child-rape conspiracy – to clean house by removing every cardinal and every bishop and every priest implicated in any way with it – he has presided over the global destruction of the church’s moral authority. By his refusal to face the fact of huge hypocrisy in the church over homosexuality – indeed to double down on the stigmatization of gay people, reversing previous gradual movement toward acceptance – he has consigned the church to what might well become an institutional tragedy.