Put all anxieties from your mind or..... with friends like these who needs enemies?

The sturm und drang on dot Commonweal last week may not have great influence at the Vatican; certainly not the influence of those who surround the pope. Whatever Benedict's ultimate actions in the sex-abuse scandal, it is becoming ever clearer that his "advisers," "consultants," and whomevers can completely destroy his papacy if left to continue on their current course.Catholic Hierarchy Rallies Around Pope on Easter"The remarks by the prelate, Angelo Sodano, a former secretary of state and the dean of the college of cardinals, came among a chorus of denunciations by church officials of what they have framed as a campaign of denigration of the church and its pontiff."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/world/europe/05pope.html?hpWasn't Sodano the great defender of Maciel?FYI: Here is Tim Shriver in the Washington Post on April 5: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/04/AR2010040402726.html

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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