A little background on the Latin subtitle of this post:
Legend has it that one of the Popes in the Middle Ages was later found out to be a woman. She is known today as Pope Joan. Legend has it that to this day when a pope is crowned or throned or whatever is done to him, he is required to sit on a chair with a cut-out whereby an official may reach underneath to, shall we say, verify that he is a man. Upon verification the Latin phrase in question would be shouted: “He has testicles, and they hang well!”
And speaking of which:
Even though I have not been a Catholic for quite some time, I still have friends and family who are guided by the precepts passed down by the Pope. And so, I would hope that when the new Pontiff is chosen, he is a man guided by a sense of duty. It will not be easy. It will perhaps mean stripping down parts of the church to its foundation. Cleaning house. All those cliches. I hope he will have the guts to make the changes that need to be made to more effectively lead his flock to God.
Dharma is not just for Hindus and Buddhists, etc. The Pope is a guru to millions who expect infallibility. I have read recently that the reason Pope Benedict is stepping down is because of the sex abuse scandal, activities that he himself has abetted. I have no way of verifying that is true. But if so, I hope that the new Pontiff is a man of strength of character, so guided by the Holy Spirit (Paramatma in Hinduism) that the alleged offenses will be an insufferable outrage. It seems that the necessary outrage has been contained in order to maintain the status quo in the Catholic Church. It seems to me that the alleged cover-up, if true, would more than warrant a Papal backlash against adharma in the strongest form.
Jai Hari Aum!