I can react with equanimity to Benedict's announcement that he will be stepping down at the end of this month, because I believe that he must feel that he has given all that he can to the Pontificate. Of all the pieces I've read on the matter, The Anchoress's comes closest to stating what I feel about it, and I heartily agree with her assessment of the MSM coverage that immediately began agitating for a more 'liberal' successor who was capable of bringing the Holy See into the twenty-first century, yadda, yadda. Other distasteful takes include Latin Americans saying that it's now their turn to have a Latino Pope. Fortunately, that's not how it works.
And fortunately, too, the MSM have no say in the matter. They shouldn't. Jesus told his captor-executioners that his kingdom was not of this world. Nor is the Pope's, though his cure certainly is here, in part. The MSM is stiflingly only about this world. Whatever dimensions there are of human being that are beyond the material plane, they are not in the least concerned with them. For the most part, they dismiss and deride the idea that they exist at all. Those who believe that the best of human nature lies elsewhere, they regard as deluded. A man whose task is to minister to those aspects of human being that they deny, they regard as a charlatan and a dangerous menace to their own authority, and the authority of those earthly political ministers whom they like to imagine wise and humane, and who purchase popularity by propounding ideas and values that flatter the depravities of human nature.
There is no point in seeking a comfortable coexistence with those who desire your destruction. What they are asking for is the Pope's conversion to what they (ahistorically) choose to call their 'humanist' ideology. The Pope's ideology, on the other hand, is transhumanist, and it is his job to call us to the transhumanism expounded by the Nazarene. All of this concern trolling from the MSM, and particularly from those who choose to call themselves Catholic, nauseates. The MSM's love, compassion and justice are a grotesque burlesque of the Church's. They preach obedience to the almighty state, as projected by the statists. The Pope preaches obedience to God. Between the two, there is a vast and widening gulf.
The MSM's saints are all politicians, celebrities, and other so-called journalists . . . a veritable roll call of the self-absorbed and MSM co-dependent. The Church's are all servants.