. . . some particularly awful popes have given the Holy Spirit a run for his money. Popes did more than Martin Luther, John Calvin and King Henry VIII put together to spark the Reformation. Pontiffs have launched stupid wars and pointless persecutions. They have fathered households full of bastard children, disrupted the normal religious lives of Catholics in entire countries for wholly political reasons, and gorged themselves on the indulgences of the faithful. These are the men, critics of the Catholic Church are going to ask, invested with infallible authority?
It may be, this time around, after two great popes, we get a non-great one — “just a firm hand at the helm of Peter’s barque,” says Phil Lawler, quoted by Jeremy Lott at Real Clear Religion.
And the old saying, “God writes straight with crooked lines”? Maybe. Who on earth knows?