Benedict deserves a lot of credit in leaving the papacy. He can now go home to his village and spend his remaining years with his family and do what he likes to do best---write. His predecessor Pope John Paul could have spent more time running the store rather than investing so much of his time and energy globe trotting. Also John I believe was so identified with right-wing capitalism that he did not condemn U.S. policy that allowed the CIA to kill Liberation Theology in SA or that called attention to the terrorism inflicted on the people of Central and South America who were murdered in the tens of thousands by death squads trained in the U.S. Also murdered with the collusion of Washington were Catholic clergy simply for standing up for human rights. There are no encyclicals I am aware of condemning the excesses of U.S. imperialism comparable to the encyclical Mit brennender Sorge read from Catholic pulpits throughout Germany in 1937 condemning Nazism.
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from the article: The arch-conservative Pope Benedict XVI bore the sins of his predecessor