posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 04:55 PM
Yesterday, on April 19th, the College of Cardinals selected the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany was their
choice for this extremely influential position, which commands loyalty of a billion believers in countries all over the globe. The new pontiff is seen
as a conservative who defends catholic principles on issues such as homosexuality very staunchly. On the other side of that coin, he has been
criticized by some outside the church as possibly not being able to "lead the church into the 21st century".
The bells tolled, a band played and the crowd went crazy.
"Habemus papam!" they chanted again and again, upstaging the official announcement.
The name Joseph could mean only one thing. The confirmation of his surname, Ratzinger, was the cue for more applause. The man in charge of the band
had clearly not read the script, and the musicians launched into a triumphant marching number.
The cardinal on the balcony paused, but realized he was never going to silence them. The new Pope, he continued, would be known as Benedict.
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Pope Benedict XVI is an interesting choice in that he is a little boring. Some had speculated about an African or Latin cardinal ascending to the
papacy, while others had viewed this as an opportunity to bring in a reformer who could address issues such as women in the priesthood, marriage of
priests, and parity between homosexuality and other sins. In contrast to those expectations, Pope Benedict XVI is a conservative with a record of
taking action to reinforce the current church position on all of the above named issues.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of his views is that he has spoken out against Turkish admission to the EU on the basis of their Muslim heritage.
This is not an insincere or PC man; he makes no bones about his belief that his religion is the one and only way to God. Depending on his level of
influence and activity, there is room to wonder if this pope may draw attention (and attacks) from Muslim extremists, or if he might even affect
Europe's place in the War on Terror.