This week's line of the week belongs to a frequent winner: Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. Dowd who is Catholic has "called out" the church & the current Pope Benedict XVI for the alleged role he played in the growing child abuse scandal perpetrated by priests across the globe. She has succeeded in putting the Vatican on the defensive & now its hierarchy is striking back claiming that hers is the work of the devil. In her most telling column this past Sunday essentially she made a plea for real leadership from this pope. She said:
"...It is in crises that leaders are tested, that we get to see if they succumb to their worst instincts or summon their better angels..."
Without taking a position regarding the scandal & the Pope's role in it, this line speaks to the heart of real leadership & it would be difficult to put it any better.