It is been no secret that I loved Pope John Paul II (didn’t agree with everything he said but I thought he was a good man with a good heart anyway) and have always had trouble in accepting his successor Benedict XVI when he ascended to the papacy in 5 years ago this month. I have known the Pope when he was Cardinal Ratzinger and yes, that is from sometime back. What he did to this ABC News reporter back in the mid-90’s (and the issue still then was child sex abuse in the Catholic Church) solidified my displeasure with this man. It is 2010, the issue of child sex abuse still remains and also the church remains stubborn on the issue of celibacy for the priesthood. Frankly, it is time that the Catholic establishment stops it’s love affair of medieval times and embrace the 21st century with open arms. I know that this is a fantasy. It will probably take until the 24th century (none of us will be around in the flesh to see that) for the Catholic Church to finally come around. I cannot accept and respectfully disagree with the notion that some cover-ups are justified. King David committed crimes and sins against God and Israel and had no problem with transparency. It seems that Pope Benedict has taken the opposite direction. One of my favourite scriptures is Proverbs 17:5 which states, “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent–the LORD detests them both.” It seems the Pope to his detriment has chosen this path and if he cannot (or will not) properly resolve these pressing issues in the Catholic Church, he must resign. I leave with last week’s Real Time With Bill Maher clip, where Bill briefly interviews Christopher Hitchens who has for years had extensive knowledge and information about the corrupt activities that face the Catholic Church today. This is NOT about an apatheist and an atheist gloating of what’s happening despite Bill’s jest.