Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Habemus Papem!

About twenty-four hours after the conclave, the white smoke went up and Cardinal Jospeh Ratzinger was announced as 265th Pope. Ratzinger took on the name Benedict XVI. I am not sure that the news will be welcomed by the "cafeteria Catholics" in the US. As they went into the conclave, Ratzinger used his homily to remind the College of Cardinals of the dangers od Marxism, liberalism, atheism, agnosticism and relativism.
"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism, Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and 'swept along by every wind of teaching,' looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards." he told the Cardinals in Italian.
Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin!

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