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  • Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on April 20th, 2005 (All posts by )

    The selection of Ratzinger was initially heartening, simply because he made the right people apoplectic. I’m still astonished that some can see a conservative elevated to the papacy and think: a man of tradition? As Pope? How could this be?

    James Lileks


    5 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

    1. Sylvain Galineau Says:

      Yeah but then we won’t get all those important items on the agenda.

    2. incognito Says:

      I was neutral until this morning’s radio show. Apparently Ratzinger was the author of the letter to U.S. priests to deny communion to politicians advocating abortion, ie John Kerry. That puts Benedict into the plus column in my book.

    3. Sylvain Galineau Says:

      Kerry does not ‘advocate’ abortion. The Church is not so backwards as to not know the distinction between active advocacy/promotion and much more neutral positions.

      As to whether theological absolutism – if you support this or that, you are excommunicated/go to hell – will be good or bad for the Church, time will tell. Not to make a bad pun, but this kind of language strikes me as preaching to the choir. It will only please those who wouldn’t leave anyway; those who do care about communion.

    4. incognito Says:

      Long time no see! Where’ve you been?

    5. Pogo Says:

      I am an intermittently practicing Catholic at best. The abuse cases simply confirmed my problems with the Church.

      However, I do not believe that the problems with the American Catholic Church were because the Church was not liberal enough. I am pleased that the last Pope and now this one have the nerve to stand up to the barbarians of this world. The philosophy of “anything goes” has been a disaster for the Church in this country.

      Whatever it is that anti-Catholics want, they won’t find it in the Catholic Church. It’s like looking for your keys, not where you lost them, but “over here because the light is better”.