Please read my reply, May 23, 2010 to ‘Andrea’ on the role of the Holy Spirit in the election of popes.
I am still working on this thesis. It is high on my list of priorities. I am NOT a theologian. I
have no training in theology. But, I as somebody who started computer programming in 1969, I do have a fairly good grasp of logic.
I nearly all cases you can keep the Trinity away from the sins of man by citing Free Will.
But, we have one interesting EXCEPTION. Conclaves. If the Holy Spirit actively participates in the selection of a new pope, then we have a specific incident when the Holy Spirit has EXPLICITLY played ‘his hand’ — so to speak.
Then, we look at the current pope, Benedict XVI (#266), and the controversy, related to clerical abuse cover-up, he is currently embroiled in.
Here comes the rub.
IF the Holy Spirit plays a role in the election of popes, then the Holy Spirit ‘OKed’ the election of Benedict XVI.
What Benedict XVI’s has been accused of happened BEFORE he was elected pope.
So, IF the Holy Spirit had a hand in the election of Benedict XVI … the Holy Spirit must have been aware of what Cardinal Ratzinger had been up to?
Draw your own conclusions from here.
If you have problems with that, PLEASE let me know. I will gladly take YOU down the various paths. One EASY one is to say ‘Of, the Holy Spirit was not aware.’ That is valid. But, others could cringe that that impacts omnipotence. See the problem?
Please COMMENT. Please help me put this right.