[FoRK] Brava New Papa

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Tue Apr 19 20:19:45 PDT 2005

Russell Turpin wrote:

> I'm a bit puzzled by the non-Catholic criticisms over
> the choice of Ratzinger. Exactly how should someone
> who isn't Catholic view its selection of a Pope? My
> own view is that I already knew the most important
> thing: he would be Catholic. And not just an average
> Catholic, but a doctrinaire Catholic who opposes
> birth control, premarital sex, divorce, and anything
> that smacks of secularism. Just as the next Klugle of
> the KKK will be a dyed-in-the-wool racist, and the
> next head of Focus on the Family will be a fanatic
> member of the religious reich.
> So we get a Catholic who maybe is a shade more
> conservative than some of the other choices. Is
> that bad? It might be the final straw that causes
> liberal Catholics across the US to leave the Church.
> In another half-century, the Church might become
> a conservative sect with little influence in Europe
> or the US. Good.
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As a catholic (lower case) I would agree. Except of course  with the 
mention of the US, which is
where all marginalized conservative sects (since the Puritans) go to die.

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