To the editor:
If everything printed lately about Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn is true, I very much like what I read and have heard of this man.
I lived at the Vatican when I was a young Catholic seminarian at the North American College in 1980-81 when I was just 21 years old. However, even at a young age, I could see with my own eyes and sense with my spirit the arrogance and corruption which is the Vatican.
From what I have heard lately, the Vatican is like a 1980 Fiat automobile — tinkered with over the years but essentially runs the same way it did 33 years ago.
What a shame to the Prince of Peace, Jesus of Nazareth who died for our sins to have the leaders of a billion Christian souls so out of touch with the moral teachings of the gospel.
American Cardinals Bill Levada and Roger Mahoney sadly have votes, as does Bernie Law who should be in a Boston jail for, among other things, obstruction of justice in covering up child sex crimes in the Archdiocese, instead of being in the College of Cardinals meeting before the voting.
At the age of 81, Law cannot vote for the new pope but these meetings prior to the Conclave can be very instrumental on how the vote proceeds. It is these three “princes of the Church” and others like them that is the cancer of the Church.
Christianity needs a leader like St. Peter with the vocal credentials, not just the paper credentials, to handle the clergy sex abuse issue or more souls will be disillusioned and Satan will have scored another victory in this long battle.
It is exactly that Cardinal Schoenborn spoke up and made enemies of some fellow Cardinals who were active in the silence and cover-ups around the world that he has very little chance of becoming the next pope if left to our human condition.
I await with great anticipation the action of the Conclave. Their vote will speak volumes of whether this current College of Cardinals side with the princes of the church or the Prince of Peace. Time will tell.
Pastor Mark Powell
Great Harvest Church