Tuesday, April 19, 2005



All Hail


Announcing Pope Benedict XVI, formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The elections didn't elevate someone from the developing world, from Africa or Latin America (where a sizable portion of the world's Catholics are). However, they did break with tradition again and elected a non-Italian. Ratzinger is the first German pope since the 11th century.

As for doctrine, no surprises there either. Ratzinger was a hard-liner under John Paul II and undoubtedly will remain so as Pope. This means no drastic changes on issues many in the Church are concerned about- ordination of women, lightening the rules for priesthood, and so on. Ratzinger has just turned 78- John Paul II was 58 when elected- so it remains to be seen how much of a lasting impact he will have...

19 Comments:

At 4/19/2005 05:38:00 PM, Blogger Amigo said...

Great post, but "dead pope" as the picture caption title leaves something to be desired.

I am pleased that they chose someone who will uphold church doctrine.

 
At 4/19/2005 05:39:00 PM, Blogger Nettie said...

I'm still playing with Flickr, sorry about that.

 
At 4/19/2005 05:58:00 PM, Blogger Amigo said...

Much better!

Ratzinger must be an ok guy. My hard line Catholic boss was rooting for him.

 
At 4/19/2005 06:00:00 PM, Blogger Nettie said...

I agree. Apparently it just titles it by whatever youir file name is, but what I put is nicer than what I usually name stuff!

 
At 4/19/2005 06:07:00 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Oh man... I WANTED A SPANISH POPE NAMED DANTE! Oh well... I'm not Catholic but i'm glad we have a pope! WOOO!

 
At 4/19/2005 08:32:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

I noticed that "dead pope" caption earlier...

 
At 4/19/2005 08:45:00 PM, Blogger Rhonda said...

I am not a catholic either but it was very exciting to watch and be a part of.

 
At 4/19/2005 08:58:00 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

Hi Nettie, I am THRILLED about this new Pope, and I'm not Catholic. The Europeans hate him, so we know he's got to be good!

 
At 4/19/2005 10:01:00 PM, Blogger Cindy-Lou said...

Definitely an exciting part of our history!

Also, completely off-topic... I remembered you mentioning in a post a couple of weeks ago or so that the song "God's Will" by Martina McBride was awesome... I love McBride and I've heard the song twice, you're absolutely right! First time I heard it I was on my way home from work on a Friday afternoon... crying ;) Awesome song!

 
At 4/19/2005 10:17:00 PM, Blogger Stacey said...

Stacey's Thoughts on the Pope...

1. Glad they changed his name, wasn't quite sure how I felt about Ratzinger--lol

2. people will stand together to watch as a group of men choose a pope, but on weighter issues we are so divided

3. the world is hungry to participate in the election of a historical religious leader, but don't want to take a stand for a daily ordinary relationship with Jesus

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts here...

 
At 4/20/2005 03:14:00 AM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Hundreds of thousands of people, catholic and non catholic have been praying for our Heavenly Father to give guidance to those given the responsibility of choosing a new Pope.
Now we exercise our faith in the Lord, trusting that the ultimate choice was His, and remembering to hold up in prayer all of our leaders, political and religious.

 
At 4/20/2005 09:24:00 AM, Anonymous Maz said...

hehe.. "Dead pope". We can only hope.

 
At 4/20/2005 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Nettie said...

Ouch!

 
At 4/20/2005 10:41:00 AM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Yes, I think Maz needs to learn to "play nice".

 
At 4/20/2005 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Nettie said...

He's a friend of mine, be nice.

 
At 4/20/2005 05:24:00 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Sorry Nettie - nothing to do with your topic....

Thanks for visiting Roger's site.

Glad you liked the cows.

Sorry if I bored you with the History lesson about the castle.

DO you have Terry's Chocolate Oranges over there?

 
At 4/20/2005 07:16:00 PM, Blogger shauna marie said...

yeah, like, whassup with the whole 78 yr. old thing? Hello??? anyways, my word girl: you got lots 'o' friends!!

 
At 4/20/2005 08:12:00 PM, Blogger Nettie said...

IS Terry's Chocolate Oranges your revenge for the CLC's? And don't worry, I enjoyed the history lesson!

 
At 4/21/2005 02:46:00 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

Rumbled!!!

 

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