I'm an awful catholic, and I don't pretend otherwise. But in all humility, I think I am a better than average student of Catholicism. And as such, I find this a fascinating story. The Vatican has opened part of it's "secret archives" and made available to a limited scholarly viewing, many of the founding documents of western civilization.
It's things like this that remind me of how the church really does take the long view. They play the game of civilization on a stage and a schedule that seems glacial to most of us, but with good reason. It's been that steady hand on the moral rudder of the west that has steered us this far in our journey, and I believe it will be the thing we eventually come to rely on again, if we are to endure in the future.
There is no institution as unfairly maligned by the left as the Roman Catholic church. I hope I live to see the end of that libelous tradition, and things like this can only help to achieve that goal.