John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
As you know, Pope Benedict is resigning as Pope at the end of this month. The pressures of doing all the work required by the Pope, and advancing age have caused this action. When he was home in Bavaria, he had to handle the case of a priest who molested children. He sent the priest to rehab, and later assigned him to a new parish, where he continued to molest children again. The orders coming from the Vatican, indicate that silence is required in these cases. When he was assigned to the Vatican, under Pope John Paul II, he was involved in investigating priest molestation cases. The rules of the Vatican require silence in these matters. As he became Pope Benedict, all of these cases of the past came to his mind. The pressure from the priest molestation cases did not help him. It seems that these cases were coming from many locations in the world. If you were Pope, and your age and physical condition was causing you much concern, would you want to be in this pressure cooker of a job? We now have to accept that he acted honorably in deciding to retire as Pope before his age related physical problems weakened his mental alertness. I feel that he was trying to relieve the pressure and end his life in a monastery where he could reflect on his life in peace. He can still serve the Lord in this new capacity. Let us honor this man for his decision to leave his job as Pope and let a younger person take his job; a man with charisma who can handle this difficult job.