the system worked-- perfectly!
Rushing in where even Janet Napolitano fears to tread, Salvatore Festa, who coordinates security at the Vatican, told L’Osservatore Romano that in the Christmas Eve assault on Pope Benedict, “everything worked perfectly that night.”
Let’s review: the woman who had tried to assault the Pope on Christmas Eve 2008 walked through the security system—wearing the same red sweater she had worn the previous year—on Christmas Eve 2009. She was not a trained assassin. She apparently had no malign intentions. She was not particularly imposing or athletic. Yet she still managed to reach the Pope and knock him down.
The Holy Father wasn’t seriously hurt. His guardian angel “worked perfectly.” But the security forces? Not so much.
When one elderly man is pulled to the floor, and another (Cardinal Etchegaray) is thrown down, breaks his leg, and needs a hip replacement, that’s bad. When the damage is done not by a elite team of special-forces operatives, but by a single deranged woman, that’s worse. When the security boss says the system worked—no, wait; it worked perfectly—you need a new security boss.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($16,569 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!