Friday, April 22, 2005

Der Herr wird uns helfen, und Maria, seine allerseligste Mutter, steht uns zur Seite.

Pope Benedict XVI! What a wonderful surprise. I went immediately to Amazon to order eight of his books.

My immediate reaction is that he will be the most hated man in the world. His predecessor was loved and treated as a great man, a great man who had some odd moral quirks (traditional Catholic doctrine). I don't think many will love Pope Benedict, and so he will be identified very closely with the teachings of the Church, which is as it should be. Because many people hate these teachings, they will hate him. He will be a sign of contradiction.

But perhaps this will bring some much-needed clarity.

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