Yes, Ratzinger has departed. May he live and prosper, as Ratzinger the Ex-Pope. But the current media coverage of this event reveals that the Vatican, like the British Monarchy, is simply pageantry for the masses. It is entertainment, not True North on a Moral Compass.
In typical superstitious human fashion, exhibited most frequently at wakes and funerals, Ratzinger is being lauded as a great man by Papal apologists (Popologists).
Ratzinger condemned homosexuals as unworthy of equal rights. Ratzinger shielded child molesters, while misrepresenting the molestation as exclusively homosexual. Ratzinger maintained that condom use spreads HIV, and thereby encouraged unsafe sex in Africa, the seat of the pandemic and the Catholic Church's most rapidly growing fan base. Ratzinger never fully expounded upon or apologized for his involvement in Hitler Youth as a youth. He excused himself obliquely through his defenders. His predecessor and close friend had slightly more humility about his questionable behavior during the Nazi regime in Poland.
This is not a harmless matter. Roman Catholicism has sway throughout the world, especially in the most impoverished and overpopulated parts of the world. Some global NGOs use the Vatican as their base of operations. The Vatican stands as a beacon of corruption, hypocrisy, homophobia and exploitation of the poor for its political and financial survival.
I can only speculate that Popologists are themselves survivors of some form of parental abuse. They are perhaps programmed to shield and protect their oppressors from discovery and accountability. It is unfortunate that they are being given a global media platform from which to spread their own psychological dysfunction.
The fabled Emporer's new clothes, whether including imaginary red shoes from Prada or brown shoes from Central America, are still imaginary. While I certainly see individual Catholics as free to practice whatever dogma-driven lives as they wish, I certainly do not see any validity in the influence of the Vatican on global politics or policy. Like HMQ Elizabeth II, I wish Ratzinger and his successors a future of largely ineffectual pageantry to entertain the gullible.