Tuesday, April 19, 2005

We have a new Pope.

VATICAN CITY, April 19 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope today, taking the name Benedict XVI, then telling a wildly cheering crowd from a balcony on St. Peter's Basilica, "I entrust myself to your prayers."

He has been described as a conservative, intellectual clone of the late pontiff, and, as the dean of the College of Cardinals, he was widely respected for his uncompromising - if ultraconservative - principles and his ability to be critical.

As cardinal, he had shut the door on any discussion on several issues, including the ordination of women, celibacy of priests and homosexuality, defending his positions by invoking theological truth. In the name of orthodoxy, he is in favor of a smaller church, but one that is more ideologically pure.

Source: NY Times Article


At 1:28 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

I have been impressed when reading about the conservative nature of Pope Benedict XVI. I think he will be the stalwart of traditional values that is desperately needed. May God bless him.

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

Speaking of the new pope's conservative values - I am reading a lot of criticism, a surprising amount considering the critics aren't Catholic.

I realize Pope Benedict XVI won't be popular with the "cafeteria Catholics," but he's the head of the Catholic Church. He has the right and duty to encourage and protect their sacred beliefs, not change them to conform to the blowing of the latest societal wind.

I'm with Nate. I wish the Pope well - for he has a hard road to hold before his labor is done.


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