posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 02:32 AM
Just because a man is "elderly" does not mean that he is senile. Men like the new (nee Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) are scholars,
philosophers...thinkers. Their minds are honed much like a chess master. As for rigidity, well keep in mind that the Pope is not free to simply make
pronouncements. For example, when a previous pope has made statements that are pronounced as being "infallable", this sort of locks subsequent
popes into a line of reasoning that is is...UNCHANGEABLE. It's simply the way things are and the way things MUST be accepted. When the new pope
will refuse to change his stance on Abortion or Birth Control, he is not being incalcitrant or rigid. He is simply adhering to the tenants of his
faith. The faith that has been established and defined. Keep in mind that, for the most part, the Catholic Church is NOT A DEMOCRACY, if it were,
we could simply vote on which of the ten commandments to change, abolish or even amend. If someone doesn't want to agree with a religion's tenants,
one does not have to remain in that religion. On the other hand, a pope ....a defender of the faith....certainly must adhere to his chosen fiath.
it's as simple as that. And by assuming that Ratzinger is anything like a grand inquisitor or the middle ages is simply ignorant....physical torture
has been abolished,j obviously. I don't think Ratzinger drew or quartered a single priest who has been presented for review or excommunication for
heretical beliefs or teachings.