1. With the election of Pope Benedict, many of his supporters expected a tough crackdown on dissenters in the Church. But it seems that the Holy Father is moving at his own pace in those areas, to the impatience of some of his diehard following. Is the reaction of some columnists a fair one?
I don’t think it is fair. I think he has continued what he has done as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in responding to serious problems that have come to his attention. But he is someone who works slowly but very surely in a certain direction, and I have not seen any problem that he is aware of that he is not taken steps to address. That may not please some people, but he has a lot of things he has to do.
He talks about impatience like it's a bad thing. The impatience of the woman who goes the judge is scripture. At the end of the day, impatience is a part of the Mystical Body.
The problem was the appointment of Bishop Levada at the outset (after his paper trail of inanity in California). I think it sent the wrong message. Had Bp. Levada been the tenth appointment after the ousting of Sepe & Sodano et al, I think the impatience would have been a blip on the screen. Fr. Fessio is doing the flamingo dance around the reasons why we are all "puzzled".
Things are starting to move a little faster in the right direction with respect to appointments at the Vatican...and we are all breathing a little easier.