Being leaderless and disillusioned with politics is one thing, but feeling the Catholic Church in you own country is bereft of many good, sound, loyal, holy and humble men to lead it in these difficult times is quite another. There are such priests, but as with much that is good, they will be sidelined. Few of our English Bishops seem to be showing the vertebrae they were born with.
Why hasn't the Cardinal issued a prayer card for the nation, so that we can all be united, praying for the intercession on the Holy Spirit to guide the Church and inspire a suitable candidate to fill the post? I think that some in high places see the office of Cardinal as purely political and not as anything divinely inspired. Politics is crap on its own, we don't want the Church filled with it too.
Talking of this, if I were Cardinal (tee hee), one of the first things I'd do is ban lay parish liturgy groups. They have far too much influence with far too little sound training. Guess who populates them too? All those recently retired baby boomers with time on their hands. Guess where their sympathies lie, guess their agenda? I could be really bitchy and say something about "empty vessels"....hmm. Unfortunately, priests are often somewhat terrified by ladies of this certain age and often just "give the punters what they want" irrespective of how representative these well meaning folk are.