Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Malediction

Despite my absolute digust at many of the things he authored while he was known simply as Cardinal Ratzinger and my general distrust of fundamentalists of any stripe, I raise glass and toast the new pope, Benedict XVI. May your papacy be as long and fruitful as the last German pope, Victor II.

8 comments:

Knottyboy said...

clouds lurk on the very near horizon.
k

palochi said...

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss..."

Actually, if you've been following the news on his opinions and such, Benny XVI makes JP da Great look like a moderate.

Jess said...

Are you sure you want him to be there as long as Victor II? ;)

I think Palochi is correct, based on what I've read. This guy is a real hard-liner.

Alan said...

Palochi is indeed correct...this is the guy that used to be known as "Cardinal Panzer" when he was the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (a part of the Church that used to have a slightly different name: The Inquisition)

Thank God I'm a Presbyterian.

Lee said...

It took me a moment to realize you didn't mean you were raising toast with glass on it to Pop Ratzie!

I'm just glad that, giving his age, he doesn't have long to be sitting on the Papal throne.

Hugo said...

The other German pope, Clement II, didn't last long either (1 year). It was either an assassination or an overdose of lead sugar - used back in the day to cure veneral diseases.

Zeitzeuge said...

Funny how from what I heard, they purposely elected an older pope, so the length of him being pope won't be as long as the last.

palochi said...

No Catholic cardinal in his right mind (and who wants to keep his job) would make a statement like that, on or off the record. The whole "electing an older guy so he won't last so long" is a complete media assumption, most likely from the clowns at FOX News.