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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI

Frankly, I was hoping that the white smoke/black smoke thing would go on for a few more days. But the white smoke has gone up, the bells have rung, and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been selected as the new Bishop of Rome.

Here’s my prayer that Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, will prove to be a wise, compassionate, and good pontiff.

PS-- Right Wing Sparkle sounds downright giddy. And Michelle Malkin has links to all sorts of informative links. Andrew Sullivan seems, ahem, a bit less happy than others.

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Thanks for the link. I don’t do this much, but maybe you would enjoy my latest post more. Check it out.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 09:36 AM

I did enjoy it--and I think others will enjoy discovering it, too.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 09:41 AM

The religious bashers are already claiming that Ratzinger was a Nazi but let me dispel the rumbling storm…

From Wikipedia:
Joseph Ratzinger was born in Marktl am Inn, in Bavaria, the son of a police officer who was staunchly anti-Nazi. In 1937 Ratzinger’s father retired and settled in the town of Traunstein. When Ratzinger turned 14 in 1941, he was required by law to join the Hitler Youth , but according to his biographer John Allen he was not an enthusiastic member. In 1943, at the age of 16 he was, along with the rest of his class, drafted into the Flak or anti-aircraft corps, responsible for the guarding of a BMW plant outside Munich. He was then sent for basic infantry training and was posted to Hungary, where he worked setting up anti-tank defences until he deserted in April 1944 (an offence punishable by death).

He wasn’t the rebel that John Paul II was when it came to the Nazis but he did risk death to escape them.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 09:49 AM

Sullivan is such a drama queen. I love the way he demonizes people who disagree with him. He chose to mention Ratzinger by the old title for his position, The Grand Inquisitor. The title is now, “Prefect For the Congregation For the Doctrine of the Faith.” Not only is Sullivan bitchy abou tit he intends to stir emotions in people. Emotions are what Sullivan, that hack, does best.)He has decided that at this point history doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter than the Inquisition, as most people know it, is not only an overblown event historically speaking, but the reason it is even such a significant word in history is becasue of how the Spanish government made use of it to suppress their enemies. History doesn’t matter to Sullivan because his only goal these days is not truth, understanding, dialogue, etc. He only cares that he gets his damn way. He obviously still thinks being gay is a problem. If he was ok with his sexuality he would not drone on and on about those evil celibates. It just wouldn’t matter.

I have been in the presence of several current as well as deceased cardinals (Before they died of course. I have been in Ratzinger’s office in Rome to deliver something and was met very warmly.  They are good, peaceful men for the most part. Sullivan aught to get out of Provincetown one summer and get to know some praticing Catholics before he spouts off from that damn pie hole of his about Catholicism. His view is so jaded that it is obvious the “Gay Catholic” title was just part of his schtick all those years. He liked the drama that was associated with it. It makes me sick that he has to vomit up this bile on such a good day.

That being said: Long live Pope Benedict XVI!!!

on Apr 19 2005 @ 09:57 AM

I have been in Ratzinger’s office in Rome to deliver something...

That sounds like an awfully interesting story. You should share with the class.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:03 AM

Well, I am not giddy with the choice, by a mile. BUT, I am mindful it could have been much worse (I am thinking of the Cardinal from Mexico who bellowed that the sex abuse scandals were nothing more than a “witch hunt”.)

My opinion shouldn’t count that much, I am such a derelict when it comes to Mass.

May Ratzinger prove compassionate, wise, and just.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:10 AM

Oh, it was a different time in my life. I was delivering a package assembled by lay people here in California documenting the heresies advanced by a certain priest who was unfortunately responsible for faith formation. (There’s more to the story that I really don’t know enough about to comment on.) The package was delivered to me in Rome and I was asked to convey it to The Ratz. The most difficult part was getting through the Swiss Guards. I was like, “Come on you guys, I walk past you everyday and say, ‘hi.’ You don’t remember me?” They just sort of waved me on. One of my frineds was English instructor to the Swiss Guards so whenever we passed through Vatican City teye would salute her. I think it was sign of respect for their instructor, but it could have been because she was so cute.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:10 AM

Oh my God. A pope that doesn’t like homosexuality. The mind boggles.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:14 AM

Matt adds the lacking “heheheheh” factor…

Jo, I don’t know enough to have an opinion of the man. For that matter, since I’m not Catholic, my opinion would be meaningless. I am enjoying reading the responses around the Web, though.

Patrick, that’s a great story. You’ve seen things that I would absolutely love to have seen. When we have an opportunity to share a dinner and a drink, I fully expect to hear more about this.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:18 AM

I guess I kinda wanted someone who could fill PJP’s shoes...as much as possible, anyway. He was a champion of all things good. He understood sacrifice. And he truly had immeasurable compassion.

Who knows, maybe I will be pleasantly surprised later. smile

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:30 AM

I fully expect to hear more about this.

Absolutely. I like telling my Rome stories.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:38 AM

Trying to follow JP II is like Jimi Hendrix opening for the Monkees.

For you youngsters that actually happened.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:39 AM

I’m pretty excited.  I’ve always admired Ratzinger intellectually, he seems a more calm and humble Chesterton, especially when it comes to relativism.  But the stories I hear of him show a very gracious, humble, kind person.  I’m very hopeful.  Now I need to update my Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club t-shirt. smile

on Apr 19 2005 @ 11:01 AM

Well Ratzinger himself said that he was but a humble lowly worker working in the vineyard of the Lord. I can’t quote exactly, but it was something close to that.

It’s a good day.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 11:36 AM

I’m looking forward to the first time I actually see someone seriously refer to him as “The Panzer Pope.”

on Apr 19 2005 @ 11:59 AM

Not in thise exact words but I’ve already seen it.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 12:02 PM

I also saw someone comapre the entire Roman Catholic Church to NAMBLA. And I’m not talking about the National Association of Marlon Brando Look-Alikes.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 12:09 PM

You mean they’re not the same thing? Ogrin

on Apr 19 2005 @ 05:10 PM

Dang smileys. That was supposed to be a smiling face with a halo over it.

on Apr 19 2005 @ 05:11 PM

McGehee and Trench - Here it is, in those exact words: All Heil the Panzer Pope!

on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:30 PM


on Apr 19 2005 @ 10:38 PM

Well, there’s nothing quite like that new Pope smell.

on Apr 20 2005 @ 03:19 PM
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