We will, one day soon, get sick of talking about this, and once again the Bark of Peter will sail on into calmer waters having negotiated (not without some damage to the hull) the reefs hidden below the surface of ecclesiastical politics and the storms raging around it from secular politics.
But in the mean time, there are four main essays that one should read to get an accurate handle on what happened in the Curia over the last few weeks.
Louise cited this article in one of the comboxes – but it is not one of the four I wish to recommend.
I judge the four most important essays on the topic to be:
John L. Allen Jnr. The Lefebvrite case: What was the Vatican thinking?
Sandro Magister Double Disaster at the Vatican: Of Governance, and of Communication
George Weigel Rome’s Reconciliation: Did the Pope heal, or deepen, the Lefebvrist schism?
And last, but by no means least,
Spengler Benedict’s tragedy, and Israel’s
Which journalist, in your opinion, got the best handle on this story, or helped you to understand the crisis in its proper light?
(I must also give an honourable mention to Andrew Rabel who wrote in Inside the Vatican – a clear and incisive understanding from the very beginning).