The pope, Benedict XVI (#266), is still mired in the controversy as to whether he, as a cardinal, was instrumental in the clergy abuse cover-up.
IF not for the fact that he was elected pope, any and all of his alleged transgressions related to the clergy abuse scandal could be dismissed, per rote, as ‘FREE WILL.’
But, his election as pope creates a wrinkle … at least to those that are WILLING to think about it.
If the Holy Spirit always has a say in the election of popes, then the Holy Spirit had a role in the election of Benedict XVI.
This, whether YOU like it or not, links the Holy Spirit, through the election of Benedict XVI, with the clergy abuse scandal.
It is no longer just possible to say, FREE WILL, FREE WILL, FREE WILL.
Think about it. Don’t get distressed. It is something that has to be thought about.
Please read this, my initial thesis on this … <May 23, 2010 reply to Andrea>.