Vatican-watcher sees Pope prepared to make changes in leadership of Roman Curia

Earlier last week, Pope Benedict XVI released a letter of support to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, most observers saw the gesture as a signal from the Pope that the Secretary of State would remain in office, despite the unrest in the Roman Curia and the criticism fueled by the “Vatileaks” scandal.
Veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister ofL’Espresso gives a different interpretation to the papal letter.
Pope Benedict is not easily bothered by criticism, Magister notes, and he is never intimidated.
“It is a mistake to confuse the meekness of this pope with submissiveness.”
The Pontiff listens carefully and respectfully to differing opinions, but then pursues the course he thinks best, even if it is unpopular.
Magister illustrates his point by showing how Pope Benedict has shown his quiet determination to make changes: in relations with Islam, in the handling of sex-abuse cases, in dealings with traditionalists and with Anglicans, and in Vatican financial affairs.
Now, Magister argues, the Pope recognizes that the Vatican’s own administration is in turmoil, and the leaks of confidential documents amount to a virtual mutiny.
The Secretariat of State, Magister believes, is “the main culprit of this disorientation,” and the Pope is ready to make changes.
Magister concludes that the Pope’s letter is “his affectionate accompaniment of Cardinal Bertone toward his sending into retirement.”

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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