Here’s the thing: it is Jesus, not Benedict, and not even the toweringly humble Hans Kung (author of the upcoming book “Can the Church Still Be Saved?”) who is the savior of the Church. So much as I am sure God appreciates old Hans’ suggestions on how to save the Church, it turns out the Church already has a savior. I am reasonably confident that he already heard Hans’ reiterations of the same Woodstock Generation advice the other 10 zillion times he gave it.
Since you’ve heard it all before, I will give the Cliff Notes version helpfully supplied by a reader:
He lists the good and bad things that Benedict did. The bad: almost everything. The good: “In 2005, in one of Benedict’s few bold actions, he held an amicable four-hour conversation with me.”
Yes, the Pope’s greatest action was to have a conversation with Me.
It’s always so thoughtful of the NY Times to supply the Church with helpful advice on how to be saved. One of these days, just for a changeup, they should consider “believe in Jesus Christ” as one possible way to do that.