I collect videotaped news broadcasts. Recently I acquired a tape showing the current pope in his more vigorous days during a visit to Poland in 1983 during a Solidarity protest. The news broadcast commented on his bravery for even saying the word "Solidarity" at a public function.
It was incredible to be reminded of the phenomenal struggle Thatcher, Reagan and the Catholic pope had in chipping away at communist dictatorships. These days the all-knowing wags of short-term memory have convinced everyone of the inevitability of communism's fall, denying the bravery and hard work of those who struggled against as opposed to appeasing it.
I hope real historians of the future remember the pope's early work in this regard as well as the current scandals. A man ought to be remembered as the sum of his victories as well as shortcomings.
I hope the next pope attacks the organizational deficiencies that allowed the current vile scandals to occur with the same vigor that this pope attacked communism in his day.