Yet, of course, that’s not the Catholic story grabbing headlines at the moment. Given the almost surreal cascade of events in Rome, it has become virtually impossible to tell any other story about the church, or for the Vatican to wield its moral authority to intercede on behalf of people who truly need the help.
To be sure, the leaks scandal is irresistibly fascinating.
Confidential documents began rolling out of the Vatican in January, and in the months since, so many have leaked that they’ve been collected into a best-selling Italian book subtitled “The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI.”
Some have been easy for the Vatican to dismiss, such as an anonymous memo outlining a Borgia-esque plot to kill the pope, which struck most people as almost comical in its implausibility.
I guess the Catholic radio stations and my parish must really be out of it because the “scandal” has very little traction around here. I also thought that the plot to kill the pope was dis-credited already as a false report?