Tuesday, April 19, 2005


The conclave of cardinals today elected the Rev. Joseph Ratzinger as the next pope. Ratzinger, who took the name Benedict XVI, will be inaugurated Sunday. Although long considered a conservative, this is not necessarily a bad thing for progressives. President R.M.Nixon wanted a conservative on the Supteme Court, and acordingly appointed Harry Blackmun, a conservative in anybody's book. Blackmun, however, grew in office and came to embrace progressive change. Ratzinger also could grow in office. Also, he is from Germany, a very progressive country. This could actually be the beginning of a very progressive period in the church.

6 Vignettes:

At 4:16 p.m., April 19, 2005, Blogger Josh Fahrni vignetted...

Nope, sorry, that's extremely wishful thinking. Not going to happen stoner. He's stood by his morals all of his life. You lose.

At 8:16 p.m., April 19, 2005, Anonymous mrsevilneocon vignetted...

This just in: New pope defeated John Kerry


At 9:44 p.m., April 19, 2005, Anonymous Mig vignetted...

You're dreaming howie. The Church has a duty that is endowed by the Holy Spirit to be true to doctrine. And if you can't uphold these beliefs then you need to change denominations.

At 11:09 a.m., April 20, 2005, Anonymous BECK! vignetted...

Hooey, you can call this an "educational vignette":
Benedict XVI is not about to "grow in office" as you so derisively put it. Germany may be progressive, however not the whole country. The Pope's home state, Bavaria, is Germany's most conservative state. In U.S. terms it would be considered a "red state". A very red state. This is the culture in which young Joseph Ratzinger was raised. On top of this, he is considered a conservative even by Bavarian standards. You could call him Joseph "Rightwinger". (With apologies to Ms. Right Wing, Inc.)
A conservative pontiff from Western Europe could potentially be a force against the rampant secularization in that part of the world, just as his predecessor was in Central Europe. A revived Catholic Church in Europe could also spur renewed interest in other Christian denominations, as well as stand as a bulwark against the Islamization of Western Europe.

At 11:56 p.m., April 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous vignetted...

Is your keyboard broken?

At 5:24 p.m., May 07, 2005, Blogger Pope Benedict XVI vignetted...

Thank you for your kind words.


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