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Old 04-19-2005, 09:49 AM   #46
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and here i was expecting them to pick me
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Well, let's just be thankful the guy is old and not the 58 years of JPII when he was elected. In the meantime, support your faith.
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Good point JessicaAnn . . . you can tell you're in PR.
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I'm extremely disappointed.

I think I was rooting for the Austrian, or one of the younger candidates.

Just his photo makes me uncomfortable.
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Yeah, I miss Pope John Paul II already.
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Cardinal Ratzinger is the pope
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I'm not pleased but hey I can't do anything about it
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Just his photo makes me uncomfortable.
He is a funky looking dude, isn't he?

Reminds me a bit of a nocturnal rodent.
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St Malachi proven wrong, incidentally, not that I credit such prophecies with much credibility.
Well, "olive" also refers to "olive branch," which is what I have to wonder about. I think he'll make overtures to equally conservative religions, as there is much he will have in common with anti-gay, misogynist Protestant sects that seem to have much sway in the U.S. right now.

It's mostly irrelevant these prophesies. If the world is going to end, there's nothing we can do about it anyway. And it's not as if Catholicism has ever been a democracy anyway.

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Saw this sarcastic comment on a popeblog:
"Thank goodness! I was worried that the sacred college might choose a charismatic ecumenist who would stem the decline of the Church in Western Europe and North America."

As much as I didn't want this, I expected it. We had an amazing pope for 26 years. Amazing. We now have a transitional pope. Can he really do major damage to the church in just five years or so? The church needs a few years to breathe and figure out what course it wants to take. JPII was a big figure whose loss has left a huge gap. I didn't expect that gap to be filled this quickly and it won't be.
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and here i was expecting them to pick me
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Well, "olive" also refers to "olive branch," which is what I have to wonder about. I think he'll make overtures to equally conservative religions, as there is much he will have in common with anti-gay, misogynist Protestant sects that seem to have much sway in the U.S. right now.
Yes the olive branch is much more likely to be extended to conservative Protestants than to liberals within his own church
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We had an amazing pope for 26 years. Amazing. We now have a transitional pope. Can he really do major damage to the church in just five years or so?
In all honesty, is there really much difference in outlook between JP II and the new pope?
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Now, now,

don ´t be all that quick in your decision. Sure, he is conservative. But being Pope is a whole new position. Who knows if, and what, he is going to change.
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Can he really do major damage to the church in just five years or so? The church needs a few years to breathe and figure out what course it wants to take. JPII was a big figure whose loss has left a huge gap. I didn't expect that gap to be filled this quickly and it won't be.
He's done major damage since 1981 as the head of the CDF ("Inquisition"). I also think that he's been in power since JPII got ill, and he's issued plenty of offensive writings over the past 24 years independent of the Vatican.

I find it curious that he chose the name "Benedict XVI." The last "Benedict" was in the early 20th century. Something tells me he wants to go back to that.

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