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The Vatican Scandals: A Never-ending Story

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The Holy See, by concentrating its attentions either on internal problems, such as the current power-struggle, or on increasingly abstruse and old-fashioned theological issues, as witnessed by the recent condemnation of American nuns, accused of being "modern" and "feminist" is  rapidly widening  the gap between  the Vatican and the active  Roman Catholic Church. This problem is visible even in Italy, where, for example, the numerous Catholic run Hospitals, Clinics and Sanatoriums are unable to find a sufficient number of nuns for their nursing staff, and are therefore  obliged to turn to professional paramedic personnel. It has also been pointed out that the waning number of young men  who  apply for the priesthood seem to be animated more by a sense of  entering upon a "career" than by true vocation to serve. In Spain the vocational crisis has induced the Bishops Conference to  emit publicity spots  on radio and television in the hope of attracting  some of the  very numerous unemployed young men, by offering  jobs which, though poorly paid, offer a guarantee of stability.

The Roman Catholic Church, as a confessional institution, is in no immediate danger, but the  Vatican power-structure seems at the risk of crumbling and becoming more and more fatuous as the years go by.

In this sense, therefore, the current spate of Vatican scandals deserves  careful analysis, if any sense has to be made out of a jumble of seemingly unrelated events.

According to the much quoted -- and  not rarely accurate -- prophecies of  the twelfth century Archbishop Malachi of Armagh (Ireland), the next Pope should be the last one, but this is an extreme consequence which seems most unlikely ""

 

Carlo Ungaro

 

(The author of this submission is a retired former senior Italian diplomatic officer)

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I am a former, now retired, senior Italian diplomatic officer. I have spent many years (over 25) in Central Asia (sixteen in Afghanistan).
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