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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The New Pope

People seem to be split over the choice of the cardinal conclave to chose cardinal Ratzinger as the newly elected Pope. While some people are relieved that the wait is over, others are concerned that he may not be exactly what the catholic church needs at the moment. Besides the fact that at some point in time he was a member of the Hitler Youth, the New York Times has a list of reasons why his choice may not be a very good one in these modern times. Here is the moneyshot: "Having seen fascism in action, Ratzinger today believes that the best antidote to political totalitarianism is ecclesiastical totalitarianism," he wrote. "In other words, he believes the Catholic Church serves the cause of human freedom by restricting freedom in its internal life, thereby remaining clear about what it teaches and believes." Totalitarianism, indeed, critics might say. They cite a long list of theologians Cardinal Ratzinger has chastised for straying from official doctrine; his condemnation of "relativism," or the belief that other denominations and faiths lead equally to salvation; his denunciation of liberation theology, homosexuality and feminism; his attempt to rein in national bishops conferences; his belief that the Second Vatican Council of the 1960's, which led to a near-revolutionary modernization of the church, has brought corrosive excesses. The man is basically a purist to a radical extent, and that seems to be a problem for those demanding that the church refroms. It is no secret that the Catholic church has been losing members over the years because some of their policies are considered, ehh, to be not compatible with modern times (“using condoms is abortion” anyone?) , not to mention the whole covering up the child molestation thing. Even the biggest defenders of the catholic church must’ve cringed when they saw that good ole Cardinal Shaw was given the honor of being one of the 9 main cardinals at the Pope’s funeral. It just didn’t look right! Anyway.. The whole thing doesn’t affect me really since I am not catholic, so whether or not Ratzinger( BTW, does anyone else thinks he looks scary?) will be an extremely conservative pope doesn’t bother me much. I was however interested in the pope selection process because they were mentioning that there is a chance that the new pope may be Black or Hispanic. It made me wonder what the worldwide catholic reaction to a Black pope would be: Would the white Catholics be ok with it? Would it be hailed by Black people as a victory for the black race? Would it piss the Hispanics off? Does it matter at all what color the pope is? Some people argue that a black pope would help draw more black people to the Catholic Church. I guess they are trying to offset the fact that more and more white people are joining the Baptist church. Hmm……


At 4/20/2005 08:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm not catholic, but i saw something on tv saying that there have been spanish and african popes in the past.

At 4/20/2005 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 4/20/2005 05:44:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

LOL, the Cardinal from Nigeria is even MORE conservative than the new pope. I think the world would have been stunned to find out, after all their celebrating, that he's not in the least shy about announcing just how conservative he is.

Look at his eyes Sam, he's got good, kind eyes. Nobody can do anything about how they look, but their eyes tell the story of their lives, and this man has really good eyes.

I'm not a Catholic either Sam, but I'm glad they chose this man. He will continue to reach out to other religions and heal some of the problems of the past. He was JPII's friend and advisor for over 20 years so people won't notice much change.

At 4/20/2005 09:34:00 PM, Blogger J. Francis Lehman said...

Hey, Sam,

Are you using the term "moneyshot" to be funny? The actual phrase would be "money quote".

"Moneyshot" means something in porno movies, and if you haven't deliberately been saying that for laughs, I'll leave it to you to figure out what it really means...

I hope you have a good vacation.

At 4/21/2005 02:12:00 AM, Blogger Mike H. said...

In response to the statements from the news sources about the Hitler Youth, membership at the time was mandatory. Nothing there to see.

In the early days of the church there were two black leaders. And if you think the black Catholics are tough, look at the African Anglicans, they seceded from the church over the ordination of gays.

At 4/21/2005 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as far as the Pope is concerned, I think he'll be a good one. He mentioned that he would seek to tear down barriers between the Catholic church and the other Christian churches. So this is a good starting point. As far as being conservative, the Catholic church has always been conservative. Case in point; Sean Hannity on Fox News. He is a devout catholic and is ultra conservative. The catholic church will not change. This is not the Church of England. The media likes to portray the Catholics in America and some parts of Europe as wanting to reform and allow abortions and Gays in the clergy and whatever. If there are catholics who advocate that, I've never met one. The only thing I would agree with is to allow priests to marry as this may cut down or eliminate alot of the scandals that have occurred in the past. Other than that, I'm not sure if there are any devoted catholics that would like to see any liberal crap happen in Catholism. This is not the C of E.


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