Additionally confusing is the fact that the pope is leaving office blaming - not the long developing trend toward Modernism in the Church - but the media for causing the internal divisions which have led to “seminaries and convents closing and the liturgy being trivialized.” Certainly the media has played its part and played it well in mercilessly crucifying the Church, but most of what the media reports about the church was and continues to be generated by dissenting priests and theologians, many of whom had a direct hand in molding the documents of Vatican II. Also, if it is the case that the Catholic Church needs to depend on the media for its livelihood it might just as well abandon ship now for the media with its pro-world, pro-flesh, and pro-devil mandate, is not going away anytime soon.
No doubt these are troubling times and the future looks ominous indeed! Let us all pray that Pope Benedict XVI has in the end made the right decision!
*Paul Kokoski is a freelance writer who holds a BA in philosophy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Canada His articles have been published in several journals including, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, New Oxford Review and Catholic Insight.