Just a short note on the Roman troubles. The Pope is quoted by the Times of London saying that Christ “helps lead us towards courage which does not allow us to be intimidated by the chatter of dominant opinions.” How's that for autocratic overkill!
The headline reads, Pope: I 'will not be intimidated' by sex abuse accusations. The Times obviously feels the Pope's quote is reference to the widespread criticism of his role in dealing with sexual abuse issues in Germany while he was still a regular paid up human being. If this is a true quote, or an adequate translation of a true quote, the Pope is far down the road that leads to questions about his moral authority and his ability to govern.
He presumes that "the chatter of dominant opinions" is some sort of intimidation tactic. But what if the dominant opinion carries the weight of truth or the naming of realities? Sometimes the dominant opinion turns out not to be chatter, but truth telling.
Meanwhile, explain again just how the Pope is the symbol of unity such that the return to the Roman Catholic Church is any sort of improvement on communities of faith that order their lives in less autocratic ways.