Europe

Feb 28, 2013

Is the Pope a dope? Benedict’s gaffes up in (white) smoke

Benedict XVI leaves a series of mistakes and gaffes in his wake, writes Rome-based Australian journalist Desmond O'Grady, and it will be up to the new pope to achieve the reforms he failed to carry out.

Pope Benedict XVI

The cardinals set to elect the next pope could learn from the Italian political scene. Politicians who have been in office longer than some of the cardinals but failed to enact needed reforms have been stymied by this week’s election results.

In other words, opportunities for changes must be seized.

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