Who was/is the better pope, the current Pope Benedict XVI or his predecessor Pope John Paul II?
Pope John Paul was charismatic and likable, so much in fact that people pressed for sainthood as soon as he had passed. We all remember him as the world traveler who was friends with Bono and inspired new generations of Catholics. what we now know is that he misjudged and befriended people who were less than holy and delegated power badly. It was under John Paul that many of the recent scandals that have come to light, spread.
Pope Benedict, let's face it, looks evil. from the beginning, people didn't like him because of his involvement in the Nazi party when he was young, and even his real name (Ratzinger) doesn't sound all that appealing. And his nickname is "God's Rottweiler!" however, ...
so, it seems that he has always been the man in the background trying to do good, and he is now trying his best to lead the Catholic Church back from scandal.In the 1990s, it was Ratzinger who pushed for a full investigation of Hans Hermann Groer, the Vienna cardinal accused of pedophilia, only to have his efforts blocked in the Vatican. It was Ratzinger who persuaded John Paul, in 2001, to centralize the churchís haphazard system for handling sex abuse allegations in his office. It was Ratzinger who re-opened the long-dormant investigation into Macielís conduct in 2004, just days after John Paul II had honored the Legionaries in a Vatican ceremony. It was Ratzinger, as Pope Benedict, who banished Maciel to a monastery and ordered a comprehensive inquiry into his order. (reposted from the nytimes article: The Better Pope by Ross Douthat)
so who do you think was/is the better pope? Is facade in this case better than what's behind the scenes? one had increased the number of the flock, but the other is trying to fix the ramparts within.
and please spare me the comments about how the Catholic Church is bad and diddles little kids, etc. that is not the issue here, and we've heard it all before. i'm not Catholic, but I do take offense to people mouthing off idiotically.