Genoa’s archbishop, Angelo Bagnasco defends the pope. While his loyalty is admirable, and a credit to the man and our pope, the details presented on Zenit show the cardinal to be a bit innocent.
People mistrust authority these days, and often with good reason. Powerful leaders in religion, state, and business have been catastrophic examples to their followers and to the world. Even good leaders who demur on the practice of openness and inclusion invite doubt when things they do don’t jive with their stated principles. The past century has seen spectacularly poor examples of leadership. When current leaders lack a firm vigor in distancing themselves from their predecessors or associates, people wonder.
Some people, even good Catholics think and say bad things about Pope Benedict. Those who make it personal or crude don’t deserve attention. Sometimes, as we’ve seen from the Catholic Right, passions master the tongue from time to time. But loyal Catholics have much to contribute to improve the pope’s image and clarify his message, and if that means certain advisors or ideologies have to go, let’s keep in mind it’s for the good of the Church.