Wednesday, April 20, 2005

One more post on the new pope

I've received lots of visitors from Catholic blogs today due to my previous post on Pope Benedict XVI's election. I appreciate every reader who stops by, but I fear that many people are visiting because of a misunderstanding about what I said. A few points:

1) Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was not a Nazi. He didn't sympathize with them. He did everything he possibly could to avoid being associated with them.

2) Despite those facts, some bloggers nonetheless tried to portray Ratzinger as a Nazi or a Nazi sympathizer. Those suggestions are unfair and unfounded, and I condemn them.

3) From a public-relations standpoint, Ratzinger's election was a bad move because it allows the church's opponents to distract from the pope's doctrinal teachings and to try to hurt the church's image by raising unfair, misleading questions about his teenage years in Nazi Germany. Still, if the cardinals believed Ratzinger was the right man for the job regardless of those concerns, then they made the right choice.

4) It's not unreasonable to suggest that Benedict XVI's reign will be a short one, especially since he told cardinals the same thing.

5) Benedict XVI said all the right things today about reaching out to other religions, which I hope is a sign of things to come. He deserves a chance to chart his own course as pope, and I think he has the ability to be a good one.


Blogger Stephen Whitaker said...

I tend to agree with your assesment of Benedict. They wanted a Pope who might keep the course for five years or so while the Church figures out its direction. Perhaps the next Pope will be from south of the Equator, yet the conservatives will still reign. Almost every cardinal under 80 is a conservative placed by John Paul or will be appointed by Benedict. I feel sorry for Hans Kung, looks like he'll still be on the outside. Its a pity because he's the most forward thinking ecumenical catholic out there. It'll be interesting to see, however, how Benedict XVI will shape his papacy after his namesake.

6:21 PM  
Blogger PKD said...

I think I enjoy your blog.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this blog is getting its orders directly from the Vatican. Where's the Ku Klux Klan when you need them?

Oh, that's right: pooping out in the woods and refusing to learn how to read.


9:26 AM  
Blogger ArmyArtilleryWife said...

While I agree that this issue could be a distraction--I think it is important to reiterate that he didn't sign-up, he was signed-up along with everyone else at his school. He also asked to be removed from the rolls several times, a risky proposition.

I think it is important to support someone who, even at a young age, took such a brave stand. This issue could be a distraction or it could spark a welcome discussion over the obligations of bystanders to acts of inhumanity.

I agree his reign will most likely be short...

5:39 PM  

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