Good riddance Pope Benedict XVI, you failure

The gist of the response from atheists and the hardly-religious masses across TwitterFacebook and media website comment streams to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in two week’s time has been overwhelmingly negative. Actually, the cry of criticism extends from those of other Christian religions and even from Catholics themselves.

The response has been littered with more than a door-hitting-him-on-the-way-out attack of his character, the Church in general and, of course, how evil religion is because of the things it “makes” people believe and do that other people don’t agree with.

You have to wonder whether the remaining religiously pious individuals of the world would similarly slam current athiest “leader” (for lack of a better word) Richard Dawkins if he were to push up daisies. If anything, I’m in awe of the amount of time people are willing to devote to giving Pope Benedict and his particular collection of Roman Catholics a piece of their mind.

The truth is Pope Benedict XVI resigned not because of health reasons but because he failed to meet his own expectations and goals listed when he was hired. Seven years ago he was vowing to erase corruption, tame the Byzantine Vatican bureaucracy and bring the Curia together into a well-oiled machine. He also ambitiously vowed “to launch the re-evangelization of Europe“. Instead, he has not been successful in his decision to ignore the ever-present afterglow of the sex-abuse scandals which overtook the world in the early to mid 2000. This has cost the Church more credibility than ever.

Like a CEO of any great global enterprise, if you can’t deliver, if you’ve lost your credibility, you must step down for the good of the shareholders. In this case, the shareholders are disappointed, shamed Catholics out there in the world who, despite their faith in the continued existence and operation of the Roman Catholic Church, feel ashamed, feel like their religion is becoming un-cool, feel like they’re clinging onto a religion that is failing to inspire.

In other words, the Roman Catholic Church is a bit like the Apple of the religion world right now. It doesn’t just need a leader, it needs a visionary.

That said, I do not agree with the all-out bitterness that I’ve been hearing spouted across social networks in the wake of Benedict’s decision. Here is one example:

He is a deluded, bigoted megalomaniac who is so arrogant he thinks he has the right to tell other people how to run their lives. His stance on condom use has caused the death and suffering of many thousand, his covering up of sexual abuse of children has caused immense suffering and death as has his stance on many other things. Unfortunately they will replace him with another deluded, bigoted megalomaniac who will continue his legacy of causing suffering and death.

I think declaring something like that is overkill, inaccurate and unfair.

Whether you’re Roman Catholic or not, whether you agree with 100% of their beliefs or not, they deserve some respect:

They’re the longest-reigning organisation in the history of mankind, and although a long history like that is of course marred and dotted with controversy, scandal, evil and corruption, the bottom line is that predominantly the Roman Catholic Popes are a body that stands for an overall good moral compass.

I think everybody should care, and see this resignation as a positive step for the church, a chance to modernise and inject a new enthusiasm into those waning of its faith, to be heralded as a force for good, for progress and for overall morality. To have the courage to take responsibility for its past faults and deeds and stand up to account: thus returning to the glowing example it has – at times – been for peace and prosperity.

The day the papal reign ends forever will be a day when mankind cannot tolerate much of anything that isn’t politically correct to a nanny-state degree, nor stand for anything as an independent body lest the swarm of the world override you with criticism that you’re doing it wrong.

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Author:Andrew Beato

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4 Comments on “Good riddance Pope Benedict XVI, you failure”

  1. Felicity
    February 13, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Deserve respect?! They day they say no more to the hideous, long term and concealed abuse of thousands of minors in their care then I might be able to look at them with a tiny ounce less malice. Until then they are pure evil in my eyes. Anyone that supports the Catholic Church whether as a bum-on-a-seat, financially or otherwise is saying that this behavior and this gross negligence is OK. Vote with your feet people and BE VOCAL… This is simply not OK. Their whole model is archaic at best and I just don’t see a place for it in society in it’s current state… Organized religion to me is the greatest con of all time. God is in your heart, not in a man-made temple full full of marble and collection plates.

    • February 14, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      I personally do agree with you that their stance and statements on issues like condom use, homosexuality and lack of integrity regarding criminal priests mean they’ve chipped away a lot of respect and deservingly lost a lot of followers. For the thousands of minors in their care they have more or less turned a blind eye to, I do agree they deserve malice. Fair play they have received plenty in the last 10 years.

      However, as this is the popular opinion of the RCC nowadays, I’m trying to remind people that these gross failures are not fundamentally what the RCC stands for; it’s not what St. Peter stood for, not what the majority of Bishops, Archbishops or innocent good-natured everyday priests in the world stand for;

      Fundamentally speaking the majority of the Church are in fact daily giving people very worthwhile advice about morality and personal spirituality at a community level, not to mention without their extended throngs of Brothers and Sisters many communities in the world in need would suddenly find themselves without aid.

      This is why I believe that in spite of their very public gross negligence and their increasingly unpopular traditional beliefs in the face of modernity, I can find reason to give them and their Papal leadership respect and hope for the best with their next choice as Pope. What they need is a visionary. And hey… playfully, if you believe in a bit of supernatural Nostradamus prophecy, they might just be due to get that visionary this next time around 😉

      • Domenic Stagno
        March 2, 2013 at 4:19 am #

        Show us all these innocent good natured priests that you speak about. Most people out there are not meeting them. You sound like a clerical groopie! (and i’m trying to be polite!)Forget about Papal leadership respect, They don’t deserve it and never earned it.Most likely another conservative pope with his head in the sand will be elected. and people will suffer under his reign. Look atb the absolute hypocracy and “out of touchness” when Benedict retires and blames gay people . Do you really care about gay people or women or any other innocent people who do not fit the church’s mold and are denied thier God given rights by this hierarchy that you look up to. I don’t think you do because your head is in the clouds and probably has been since you were brainwashed in grade school..
        Wake up and live!

  2. Andrew
    February 14, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Felicity, you say God is in your heart… Would God not want to give everyone a chance to change and become better?

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