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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The new Pope...


I just wanted to take a quick moment to comment on the new Pope, Benedict XVI. I appreciate his conservative stance. At the Mass in memory of JP2, he said, "We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires." He went on to say that the church must defend itself against threats such as "radical individualism" and "vague religious mysticism."

I could not agree more with this assessment. However, B16 also said that rock music was the "vehicle of anti-religion" and as cardinal he initially blamed the priest sex abuse scandal on the media (he later realized its seriousness, but that was a bad initial move!).

I am happy at the new Pope's conservatism and look forward to watching his pastoral ministry grow. If you are interested in more "inside scoop" on the man who has become Benedict XVI, take a look at this article from an September 5, 2003 interview with then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. It's a good look into the mind of the man.

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