To me, the use of this Christian code word speaks VOLUMES. The pope is kicking the problem upstairs! Ok, that makes sense. I am just surprised that he is doing it at this juncture. Maybe, the poor beleaguered pope feels he has enough on his plate with Vatileaks.
For the pope, supposedly such a doctrinal expert for so long, to suddenly throw up his hands and say it is ‘a mystery’ is a bit of a cop out. Why do I say that? Because, in other, albeit very specific circumstances, we are expected to accept his judgement as infallible. To me, the professional cynic, it is worrying when a person who can, in specific circumstances, make infallible statements on matters doctrinal admits, airily, that he is totally at a loss in a matter that goes to the very heart of the faith. Something to think about. Maybe if he was younger he might have been able to crack this problem.