Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Benedict XVI

His Most Emminent and Most Reverend Lord Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Joseph Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI. The Church could not have picked a better Pope!

He called himself a "humble servant on the Lord's vineyard called to this ministry." He will, no doubt, be one of our great Popes because he will lead the Church through a period of cultural, social, and what may be political persecution. He is the man to do this. He stands in the place of Peter as the guardian of the faith.

At the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he's been putting the Smackdown on heresy since 1981. Now he can put the smackdown on the things he has called "the biggest enemies of the Church: Liberalism, Marxism, and materialism," from the Chair of Peter. In the coming days, we'll have more on Benedict XVI here at the World.


At Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:11:00 PM, Anonymous Frydek-Mistek said...

"His most emminent and reverand Lord".
It is interesting to read these words written about someone other than the focus of the christain faith. I guess Christ takes a back seat for conservative (so-called) christains fauning over a reactionary mortal(and sinner like the rest of us) whom they believe will push a theological hard line that oppresses homosexuals and rational people who use birth control and condoms to prevent HIV. So what if that protector of peodophiles Cardinal Law is allowed to evade justice in Vatican City. His most emminent mortal sinner will protect us from the relativists.

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:36:00 AM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

Well, considering that homosexuality is wrong in the eyes of Catholics and the Church, and considering that birth control is not needed if sex is used as it was intended (for procreation only), then it makes complete sense to choose a Pope who would toe that line.

Why would the Cardinals elect a Pope that would break from accepted theology?

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Either Frydek-Mistek is not Catholic, or he or she is a poorly taught one...or he or she is just a schismatic pretending to be a Catholic...

First of all, a clarification for non-Catholics: "His Most Emminent and Most Reverend Lord Cardinal" is traditionally the most formal way a Cardinal of the Church can be addressed, and when a Cardinal is addressed this way, it is usually at formal occasions such as this one. That is how the proto-dean of the College of Cardinals introduced him, and would have introduced any Cardinal. It is no reflection on his place in the Church relative to Our Lord and only Savior.

That said, anyone with a brain agrees that Cardinal Law acted as a pig, to paraphrase a long-time priest friend of mine. But Cardinal Law has a soul, and is worthy of forgiveness. Who are you (or any of us) to assume he has not asked for and received that forgiveness of the Almighty?

We forget that Cardinal Law received one Hell of a demotion, something any well-informed Catholic would know and understand. He went from being the Archbishop of one of the most important ecclesiatical juristictions in North America to being a glorified church pastor-rector of a basilica church. Essentially, he's back to being what amounts to a parish priest, and he is in Rome so that he can be WATCHED. You can't ask for a bigger demotion than that.

Trying to say that Cardinal Law has a bloody thing to do with His Holiness Benedict XVI is merely a cheap tactic used by those who don't want to obey the Holy See.

I have one thing to say to such people, whether they are so-called liberals or abuser priests: If you claim to be Catholic, either obey the Church or leave it. There is no middle ground.

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 11:18:00 AM, Blogger monk1000 said...

There was a time, when mankind looked to the Church for innovative guidance through difficult times. Unfortunately, today’s Holy Roman Catholic Church seems helplessly ensnared in its own doctrine.

The College of Cardinals has decided to move the Catholic Church into further obscurity as it tries, ineffectively, to solve the most pressing problems of our modern age by strict adherence to ancient doctrine. It seems futile to point out to the mule-headed Holy See, that laws written thousands of years ago to deal with the problems that existed thousands of years ago may not be well suited to our world, as it exists in the present.

Clinging blindly to ancient laws encouraging man to spread out and multiply, the Church stubbornly opposes civil rights, ignores it's contribution to the overpopulation crisis, and treacherously encourages AIDS to spread wantonly.

The modern Holy Roman Catholic Church needs a courageous pontiff to step forward and recognize the harm done by existing Church policies. Sadly, Benedict XVI, does not appear to be this man. I pray that God brings us a more progressive pontiff as soon as He sees fit.

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 11:34:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

I thank the Lord that the Church is run by guidance from the Holy Spirit, and not from people like the poster above.

I pray for such people. Their failure to submit to the Church and to the Vicar of Christ on earth puts their very souls in danger.

Submit to the Church, and if you can't, it is best to get out of it.

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 2:47:00 PM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

What I would like to know is this:

If the Church teaches abstinence and sex only in marriage for procreation only, then how could that POSSIBLY be treacherously encouraging the spread of AIDS?

If both partners stay abstinent until marriage, as they should according to Church doctrine, then the chances of either person contracting HIV is infinitely small. You'd have a better chance of dying by being struck by a large meteor or by being struck by lightning multiple times.

And if "clingingly blindly to ancient laws" is bad, does that mean we should also wantonly discard the Ten Commandments, upon which our modern-day law systems are almost entirely founded?

Just because our world is becoming more secularized and hedonistic...more sadistic and evil...that does not mean for a second that our church must change also, to "accomodate" people.

Our Church is for the true believers in the teachings and ways of Christ. And those core values of our Church simply cannot change. Ever.


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