Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Pope

Now I realise I'm likely to get lambasted for this post, as my knowledge of the papacy and all things Catholic really is quite limited, as is my knowledge of the new pope.

But I do know enough to be able to say that I'm not entirely comfortable with the new selection-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, or Pope Benedict XVI as he is now known. Anybody who is described as arch-conservative, hardline, and who's nickname around the Vatican is God's Watchdog-does not sit comfortably with me.

As Pope John Paul II chose most of the cardinals that entered the conclave, it was highly unlikely to start with that the new Pope would be anything but conservative. This is the dude who used to be the enforcer of the Church's official stance on everything from doctrinal matters to whether or not black really is the new black, enforcing strict rules on women priests, contraception (both of which are Church rules-not Scriptural) and basically reinforcing every stereotype people have about the Church trying to tell them how to live.

Maybe this new pope was indeed divinely chosen by the holy Spirit, and I'm totally barking up the wrong tree, but that's my opinion at the moment.

Although I'm not a Catholic, they're Christians just as much as I am, and I honestly pray that Benedict XVI serves God and His people well.

13 comments:

Nigel said...

Now, that wasn't too undiplomatic, Digger.

I did read in the paper today the observation that a lesbian african pope was still a few years away.

Saemon said...
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Saemon said...

what most catholics are saying about the new potif is that it will be same ol same ol. For all intents and purposes Ratzinger (sounds like the new burger at KFC) has been the Pope for the last 5 years.

Now instead of JPII reading the thoughts, there are coming from the horse's mouth...

We wait and see.

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