Pope Benedict XVI told cardinals on Monday that he doesn't feel alone while at the helm of a "wounded and sinner" church, the Vatican newspaper reported.
Benedict made the comment while the cardinals were celebrating the fifth anniversary of his election to the papacy, the L'Osservatore Romano said.
The afternoon paper's account of Benedict's remarks at the luncheon marking his April 19, 2005, election to succeed John Paul II did not directly mention the current clergy sex abuse scandal, which is threatening to engulf Benedict's papacy with the church's most serious crisis in recent times....
Martin Luther wrote: We here are of the conviction that the Papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist. I owe the Pope no other obedience than that I owe to Antichrist....I am persuaded that if at this time St. Peter in person should preach all the articles of holy Scripture and only deny the Popeâ€™s authority, power and primacy and say that the Pope is not the head of all Christendom, they would cause him to be hanged. Yet if Christ Himself were again on earth and should preach without all doubt, the Pope would crucify Him again.
Would now be a bad time to say that the Pope is on a slippery slope? Or maybe that he is nearing the end of his rope? I'm sure he's fed up with hearing news of the grope. I bet he wishes he could elope. No hope!