Carol Platt Liebau: Hurray for the College of Cardinals

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hurray for the College of Cardinals

In a stunning repudiation of the "Dictatorship of Relativism," the College of Cardinals have made Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger the new Pope.

Thank Heaven. He is a strong proponent of traditional theology and morality -- not one to be swayed by the winds of political correctness or trendy thought. Conservatives can't help but be heartened by the choice, especially after reading the delicate shudderings directed at Ratzinger by liberal relativists like E.J. Dionne.

God bless him and those who have brought him to the Papacy.

For some good Catholic perspective, check out The Anchoress.


Blogger jchess said...

Unlike the arm chair experts in the mainstream news media I did not speculate on who the new Pope would be. I did, however, have sufficient reason to believe I knew who it would be.

And I was right.

And I suspect I will also be right in saying the mainstream news media will waste no time in backhanding him for being a theological and spiritual Conservative.

James C. Hess

10:12 AM  
Blogger rzafft said...

Gotta respectfully disagree on the Ratzinger issue.

John Paul II didn't confront Communism; he had a vision that saw over and past it. That's why he could tell the world, "Be not afraid" at what appeared to be the high-water mark of Communist power.

Ratzinger lacks the vision thing. He wants to confront relativism rather than to posit a vision that surmounts it.

Being right and certain is not enough to lead. Benedict XVI knows how to circle the wagons, but that won't move the train forward. The Cardinals should have gone with a conservative (as if there were anything else left after 26 years of JPII) with a pastoral background.

12:57 PM  
Blogger jchess said...

"Ratzinger lacks the vision thing".

First, he is Pope. Show him due respect by addressing him accordingly. Second, what does 'lacks the vision thing' mean specifically? I suspect because he is not a Liberal and you probably are you are merely mud slinging.

2:10 PM  
Blogger rzafft said...

Pardon. His Holiness lacks the vision thing.

I am not a Liberal (or a liberal). I am a life-long Republican who thinks Cardinal Ratzinger's remarks immediately prior to the conclave set the wrong tone and evidenced a lack of vision.

2:18 PM  
Blogger rzafft said...

Pardon. His Holiness lacks the vision thing.

For what vision is, see my comment about John Paul II and Communism.

I would ask you to explain what you mean by mudslinging, since I nowhere impugned Benedict XVI's character or behavior. I just don't think he's the right man for the job (as must have a number or Cardinal's since Cardinal Ratzinger was not elected unanimously on the first ballot).

Finally, for the record, I am neither a Liberal, nor a liberal, but a lifelong Republican.

2:41 PM  

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