Vatican unedifying mess of corruption
The attempts to clean up the Vatican bring home the extent of the corruption that has informed the Catholic Church's administration. The Italian bias in the way the Church has been organised has led to its involvement in Italian politics and power, including Mafia connections.
Pope Benedict did not know what hit him when he was first confronted with the venal set-up in the administration of the Church. It all seemed out of his reach, ending in his resignation.
Pope Francis has managed to keep afloat in a leaking vessel on a very stormy sea. Thankfully, he is more concerned with honesty than with orthodoxy, confronting head-on the dysfunctional system that he has inherited.
It's hard to separate the shenanigans from some pure and perfect "real Church" the Vatican purports to administer. The sheer simplicity of the Christian message has become entangled in a man-made political mess, becoming an unedifying side show in the lives of Christians.
Many young people who say they have left the Church claim to have found Christianity.