- Mar 27, 2020
The Vatican sought Wednesday to explain the absence of a key member of Pope Francis’ protocol team following the scandal over a book on priestly celibacy co-written by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.
The controversy surrounding retired Pope Benedict XVI’s contribution to a new book on priestly celibacy demonstrates just how much both substance and appearances matter.
The current fracas surrounding Benedict XVI and a new book on priestly celibacy is eerily reminiscent of the tempest that erupted in 2003/2004 around St. John Paul II’s alleged endorsement of Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ,” expressed in the infamous soundbite, “It is as it was.”
As the anniversary of Benedict XVI’s historic resignation approaches, the retired pontiff has given new, brief comments to a Bavarian television station, offering a peek into what his life and condition are like seven years later.
Both Pope Francis and the closest aide to Pope emertitus Benedict XVI were in a pensive mood abut the clerical abuse scandals on Tuesday’s 9/11 anniversary.
A top Vatican official said Tuesday the clerical sex abuse scandal is such a game-changing catastrophe for the Catholic Church that he called it the Church’s “own 9/11” on the 17th anniversary of the attacks in the United States.