The Vatican is in lock-down mode after the butler leaked ‘sensitive’ documents to the Italian press. How deliciously wonderful!
Today CNN is running the headline: No cardinal suspected of pope papers leak, Vatican says.
‘It’ will go on for some time at the joy of many in the Catholic Church who are fed up with the tight hierarchical control of the all-male club. This is happening as the Vatican investigates the Catholic Nuns for ‘purity’ and the Irish wonder why the Irish priests were given a pass on child molestation. Just recently the hierarchy re-wrote parts of the Mass to show their assumed authority over the laity. All of this as more and more parishes are closing their doors as fewer Catholics find church attendance satisfying.
Past history is on the side of the Vatican as it was seemingly been able to cover-up and squash dissension and scandal that arose in the church. Here in 2012, is appears that this is no longer possible as more and more Catholics are fed up with this nonsense.
This feeling among many Catholics is that the bishops are an integral part of this investrigate-cover-up scheme. Just a month ago, these U.S. bishops came out against the birth control aspect of the Affordable Care Act, citing some nonsense about church-and-state boundaries. Most astute politicos read that maneuver as the bishops siding with the GOP against President Obama in the 2012 election. Some Catholics ‘fell’ for it while others understood what it was really about.
Now that the butler scandal has hit the fan, and the cover-up begins, will Catholic voters be as easily swayed to vote against President Obama as the bishops wish? And with the nun investigation scandal too?
I think that the Obama re-election team is much-less worried about Catholics moving toward the GOP this fall as the butler story continues to unfold and fester.