Anyway, the thing about Down Under Christianity is that we call a spade a spade. Diplomats not required. Who better then to comment on Benedict's resignation than Cardinal George Pell of Sydney:
"Not all cardinals have welcomed Benedict's decision to resign.
Cardinal George Pell, the 71-year old top cleric from Australia, described Benedict's resignation as destabilising to the church, and questioned his governance skills.
Pell, Australia's lone representative at the secret conclave to elect the 266th pope, said Benedict was a "brilliant teacher" but "government wasn't his strong point".
"I think I prefer somebody who can lead the Church and pull it together a bit," Pell told commercial television.
He also said the decision to resign set a worrying precedent for the church.
"People who, for example, might disagree with a future pope, will mount a campaign to get him to resign," Pell said.
In a later radio interview he pointed to the so-called "Vatileaks" scandal, in which Benedict's butler leaked secret papal memos revealing intrigues between rival groups of cardinals, when questioned about his governance views.
"I think the governance is done by most of the people around the pope and that wasn't always done brilliantly," Pell said."
I know that the Government of the Vatican City does not have an official Opposition Party, but if it did, George is the natural Leader of the Opposition!
We live in extraordinary times for Christianity. I wonder where it will all end ...