|The Next Pope? Pope Jester I?|
I have to think that the announcement that Pope Benedict, “Cardinal Ratzinger’s” decision to stick around the Vatican in a Convent is a poor decision and or says too many negative things to me.
After he leaves office on February 28, he will go first to the papal summer residence south of Rome and then to a cloistered convent inside the Vatican walls, exchanging the splendor of his 16th century Apostolic Palace for a sober modern residence. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/12/us-pope-resigns-idUSBRE91A0BH20130212
While I know that an 85 year old man’s capacity to annoy his successor on minor points of occasional gossip is to be expected.
That he needs the protection of the Vatican as in an armed Mafioso type bunker, in a convent, says so much of the reality sitting outside the Vatican Gates for Crimes Against Humanity charges floating around the legal ether in various political realms in Europe and or North and South America.
While I can see maybe a half dozen close friends and or confidants and with ranks of Archbishop and or Cardinal knocking on the Convent door for a few ten minute sessions of “What would you do in a situation like this?” type of friendly chit chat, I have to wonder if Benedict’s chosen successor will be a full and or partially stringed marionette dancing to the John Paul II’s and Benedict XVI’s regimes agenda hampered in modern times (Modernism is truly a Bitch!) by public scrutiny and modern social technical communication intercourse.
In other words, is Benedict really retiring or is he merely moving the RCC control center out of public view.
And the next pope will be a fully functioning Disneyland minimum wage costumed employee greeting the tourists in the street while the real power of the Vatican and its international banking and business empire disappears from view?
And or is revenge, payback German style being plotted as part of Benedict’s immediate pre-retirement and post-retirement plans?