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Unless you're Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, you are not off getting fitted for your spiffy new white vestments. The election is surprising mostly because the popular wisdom has been that the leading candidate would never be elected, yet here he is, elected. This is probably a plot to keep the Catholic Church from seeming more predictable than it is.

It'll be interesting to read (probably momentarily, given how fast the media is working this) why he chose Benedict XVI as his papal name. Personally, I was hoping the next pope would pick Sixtus, for he would then be Sixtus VI. (No, they don't let me name products at work, either.)

One thing's for sure: I don't think we'll see women priests leading marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples anytime soon. But that was probably a given regardless.


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Apr. 19th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Wow. You have the honor of being the first place I heard this.

I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks that selecting a hardline fundamentalist pope at this point in history may lead to a near-death experience for the Catholic Church? Not that this would be a bad thing, mind you! I just can't see that a hardheaded german conservative pope will be remotely as popular as JPII was.
Apr. 19th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Wow! Hope my sources weren't wrong like they were about Detroit's polar bear cub's name. :-) I saw in some article a quote to the effect that people would be surprised at how warm the new pope could be. I guess that's an acknowledgment that there's an issue there.

Earlier on, there was speculation that the cardinals would choose a pope who was less likely to be there for a quarter-century, as kind of an interim office-holder. Pope Benedict XVI is 78 now, so perhaps that's what the cardinals actually were thinking. On the other hand, he might have superlative genes and break longevity records. Then you might see some serious membership drop-offs, especially in Europe and North America.
Apr. 19th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
He came out right away after becoming pope and spoke out against marxism, liberalism, atheism, agnosticism and relativism. I can see him being anti atheism, but anti marxist? Isn't that kind of old news? There are not many Communist nations left, and one could argue that they were never truly Marxist anyway.

Being anti liberal and relativist I guess just means we'll be stuck with more ridiculous teachings like the anti birth contriol and anti abortion thing.
Apr. 20th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Well, you know those Marxists... gotta keep a thumb on them.

I didn't think there was a realistic hope of liberal reform of the Catholic Church, no matter who was elected.
Apr. 20th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
An interesting tidbit from someplace: Benedict XV was elected circa 1914 inheriting a divided church, and was known as a bridge builder. Maybe that's the role that Benedict XVI has in mind for himself. Also, he was involved in the Vatican II council that sought some reformations (that JP2 put a halt to).

It will be interesting, as one person said, to see if he can shed the role of enforcer from the last "administration" to be Pastor of the next.

Br. Katana of Reasoned Discussion
Unitarian Jihad
Apr. 20th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Yes, it is possible that he'll look like a different person, now that he's the public face of the church. I'm sure he'll leave a protege in his previous post who will be the bulldog, just as he was the bulldog for John Paul. Of course, the overall direction of the Catholic Church won't change while he's pope.
Apr. 20th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
If you really want to flirt with blasphemy, how about Pope Sixtus IX...? :-D
Apr. 20th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
Dude... remind me to not stand next to you when the thunderstorms come this week.
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