4.19.2005

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

The New Pope of the Roman Catholic Church is Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger from Germany.

He won on the fourth ballot. Ratzinger is a former member of the Nazi youth and supported the Franco regime in Spain. Could there be a more conservative person to choose for Pope, that's unlikely. Ratzinger was and is very opposed to condom distribution, women clergy or deacons and gays.

Are any of you surprised?

"The patience is hard, being charitable to those in power that condemn you is not easy and sometimes not possible. Too many gay people are being hurt by religion. Many have died due to the Church’s teaching. Many have been denied their soul." - from The Pope and Cliff


More thoughtful reflection later... 'tis another sad day for those in Africa dealing with AIDS, for women and queers everywhere.

6 comments:

HDcanuck said...

More of the same. Hardly surprising that a fascist is the most suitable choice, considering the institution ...

PR said...

The grandfather of a friend of mine was actually a member of the Hitler Youth as well. I guess the Nazis weren't so accepting of 6-year-olds who rebelled against membership in the organization. Benedict is the furthest thing from a fascist: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200504/s1349102.htm

HDcanuck said...

Children are easily swayed by ideology and cannot be blamed for that. When they go on in life and support and organize for fascist dictators (Franco), however, one has a lot more reason to be concerned about their political and social philosophy, wouldn't you say? How does that make Ratzinger the furthest thing from a fascist? Looks to me like he was pretty well aligned.

PR said...

Right on. The first lie is exposed, so move on to the second without an eyelash-flutter of shame. Typical.

HDcanuck said...

Where is the lie?

HDcanuck said...

ps -- typical of what?