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Is Pope Benedict Overwhelmed By Modern Media?

The ongoing problems encountered by Pope Benedict are raising serious concerns within the Vatican where an increasing number of leaders believe the Pope is being overwhelmed by the demands of the modern world and of its issues. After encountering serious public relations problems with his gaffe in allowing a priest who is a Holocaust denier to return to the church, the Pope raised a new furor while on an African tour. He told Africans who are suffering from huge problems with AID that use of condoms only “aggravates the problems.” Many Catholic priests in Africa have quietly been allowing their parishoners to use condoms in an effort to deal with the rapidly spreading problem of infection. Many priests believe the Pope is out of touch with modern problems and his nonstop gaffes are creating a public relations disaster for the Catholic Churh.

Frances Rocca, the Vatican reporter for the Religious News Service, believes that historically the Vatican could retreat into silence when problems arose, but now “the Internet and the blogoshpere won’t wait for the Vatican so the message gets swamped.” There is probably need for the Vatican to bring in priests who are familiar with modern technology.

Confusion In The Vatican?

The arrival of Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Catholic church was widely greeted with enthusiasm given his scholarly expertise and experience in higher echelons of the Vatican. However, the past year has witnessed a series of incidents which raise questions as to whether or not the Pope is being well served by his assistants. The recent controversy over his allowing the return of three bishops blew up when one made clear he did not believe there was anything such as a Holocaust and the Pope had to hurriedly meet with Rabbis to calm down the storm created by those comments. A few days ago, a priest who blamed Hurricane Katrina as being caused by sins of people in New Orleans, asked the pope to rescind his appointment as an auxiliary bishop in Austria. Vatican expert George Weigel in a recent essay says the Vatican is the scene of “chaos, confusion and incompetence.”

The appointment of the bishop in Austria resulted in hundreds of calls from people saying they would not attend any church in which he served. There apparently is a growing under current of people who have more liberal views than those of individuals now leading the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict has been reaching out to conservatives, it is now time to reach out to liberals?