"My country right or wrong" isn't patriotism, its Nationalism, which is just a gussied-up word for Fascism. Real patriotism isn't what you get from George W. Bush or Ann Coulter, it's what you find in the writings of folks like Tom Paine and Abe Lincoln.
Intrigued that Benedict is retiring. Maybe the Mormons'll notice.
Modern medical advances increasingly make lifetime appointments fade into leaders struggling to serve after they're able, but at least the Supreme Court and Pope can be selected from younger candidates. The Mormon automatic selection of whoever has the most seniority of the Council of Twelve statistically games the system toward geriatric woes.
There was speculation that they've tried to avert disaster by promoting a few youthful (50ish) leaders; problem is that eventually everyone gets old. Stacking the deck toward 'young seniority' merely delays the inevitable. Nudging Apostles to retire is an easy fix.