Since the Pope Emeritus resigned there has been much speculation on the internet (not so much in the Press - which is strange) about the reasons for his decision. Accepting what he has said there has, nevertheless, been suggestions that "difficulties" in the Vatican as well as elsewhere have made his former position intolerable. There seems now to be clear evidence that, however bad it may or may not be, the situation within the Vatican is not good. There seems to be strong evidence of infighting and even moral corruption.
The Church is (as I always remind people) "semper reformanda" (always in in need of reform ...NB NOT Reformation!). Christ's promise, which is now ringing in so many minds and ears, that the "gates of the underworld" will not prevail against His Church is, to my mind, not so encouraging as another promise, "Lo, I am with you, even until the end of the age" That Christ is with us is indeed our great consolation. he said, "I will not leave you orphans". I have often quoted this over the last 38 years of my priesthood, and I believe it.
As someone else has remarked, Christ promised the Church survival but not protection from disaster. For myself I am glad that an infected wound is being lanced. I keep remembering a quotation from the BBC series about the Emperor Claudius; "Let all the poisons that are lurking in the mud hatch out".
In my priestly life I have moved from naive ignorance into another kind of naivety and then into a more mature awareness of evil and human frailty. I have seen cruelty in my priestly life - cruelty perpetrated by people who should have been kinder and more understanding. I have seen abuses of power and I have heard of people who have been hurt by the offhandedness of some bishops and priests. I am aware that some things have been known that should have been acted upon and I am also aware of injustice in the treatment of some priests and laity. Clergy cannot ever hide behind any facade, least of all one of "special knowledge" or some kind of misplaced authority. The reform of the Church must involve all of us and it should begin in the Confessional and in a sincere renewal of purpose in accordance with the Will of God.