"How sad that your [WaPo] Feb. 12 chart “Transition at the Vatican” omitted the most consequential recent pope: John XXIII. In his short tenure between the papacies of Pius XII and Paul VI, John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council, and through his moral clarity, force of conviction and personal integrity, he dragged the Catholic Church out of intolerance and medieval obscurantism. Had he lived longer, he never would have tolerated the Vatican’s mafialike conspiracy to protect the child rapists in its midst. If the church is to revitalize itself, it should choose as Benedict’s successor a man capable of emulating the example of Pope John XXIII.
We remember John XXIII fondly as well. Unfortunately, the chances of finding another like him in today's Catholic hierarchy are slim and none. Well said, Mr. Schiavo-Campo.