I am genuinely sad to write such a heading particularly as I consider it to be true. I am referring to the decision of our much beloved Pope Emeritus that the report on the Vatileaks by the commission of three cardinals should be handed to his successor only. The report runs to 300 pages, according to reports attributed to Fr.Lombardi.
I do not know what is contained within the report. But it contains a great deal if it takes 300 pages! And it should be given to the Cardinals.
I have read allegations about what has been happening in the Vatican. I have not believed them but neither do I disbelieve them. If there is an element of truth in them then a clean-out of the Vatican is needed….and that cannot be entrusted to the next pope, unless the Cardinal electors have read the report. Without knowledge of what and who has been involved it would be easy to elect one one the miscreants, if such exists, and he would be unlikely to expose anything, least of all engage in a clear-out of his co-operators if any.
Some people of faith will reply that the Holy Spirit will prevent a bad pope being elected. The Holy Spirit did not always prevent that happening in history.
I recall a true story I heard over 50 years ago. In the refectory of Head house of the Order of Hospitallers (Order of St. John of God) in Rome there is, or was, on the ceiling a painting of a large eye. It is meant to depict the “all seeing eye of God”. A general chapter had been held to elect a new Prior General. One of the electors wandered into the Refectory where he met an elderly Irish brother who was attached to the house in Rome. When the elector told him who the new General was, the Irish brother paused, and looked up at the ceiling and then said “ The All seeing Eye must have developed a cataract of infinite magnitude”
I genuinely believe that could happen again! The Holy Spirit can he temporarily halted in divine plans. Give the cardinals the report and if possible publish it for the whole world to see. Let's not store up more trouble for ourselves. In an atmosphere of too much secrecy rumours abound. Whatever happened to the truth that makes us free?