Times are indeed changing, even for popes. Maybe especially for popes. A new book explores how the papacy has changed greatly, and repeatedly, during the past 500 years through forces largely beyond its control.
Mozambique's success generated an energy for peace. We sensed that we could engage in similar processes in other places. We saw that we, ordinary people coming from ordinary ways of life and communities, could work for peace.
You have said church authorities did not act quickly or decisively in dealing with complaints. This is entirely dishonest. In fact authorities acted extremely quickly and decisively, but in protection of priests and the church, not of children.
I'm sure there are plenty of unimaginable things in the Universe, though it's impossible to imagine what they are. But flying a plane into a building, the crash of a financial system and sex abuse by priests, we can safely say, aren't among them.
In enshrining the Church's divided World War II loyalties by canonizing the ambivalent pope at the time, the Church would be announcing to the world what it's made of. Pius should be neither demonized nor sanctified.
Pope Benedict XVI's pilgrimage to the Holy Land presents an opportunity for Jews to acknowledge that today, this Church openly recognizes our people's right to pursue its unique historic and spiritual destiny.