Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
If Bertone can be replaced with a figure more sympathetic to reform, the thinking reportedly goes, his replacement can build influence among the cardinals and, upon the death of Benedict, the next papal conclave will likely elect a reforming Pope to match him. The implications of that could be far-reaching, even world-historical in their significance, and they would certainly re-shape the Christian landscape, so to speak, in which we all must live. But we should not for a moment think that these developments would be entirely for the good. Yes, Rome needs a clean-up, but there are powerful liberal forces within Roman Catholicism who have been largely denied influence under Ratzinger/Benedict and who, in power, would likely take Roman Catholicism even further from historic Christianity than it is now:
"According to expert Bruno Bartoloni, the “Vatileaks” scandal may be the last straw for many in an institution dogged by bad governance and corruption. “This scandal has enormous consequences, it will create unease and exasperation among the cardinals,” he said.Read the AFP story here.
“They want to find someone who can do a serious clean up. But in cleaning up, they risk starting a revolution,” he added."
If the commentator is proven correct (and at present that's a big if, but he presumably has sources inside the Vatican), it will not be the first time a reform of the Catholic Church has arisen from the stench of the Pope's finances. You might want to keep a weather eye on Rome for the time being. Meanwhile, I note that Benedict XVI seems to be getting frailer with each passing month. The 85 year old pontiff's mind may be alert, but his body is failing; he cannot now even walk up the aisle of St Peter's without assistance. If there are indeed reform conspirators within the walls of the Vatican, they may not have much time to effect their plan.