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Dang, that was fast

April 19, 2005

Pope BenedictWhite smoke.

Anybody else think it’s odd that the College o’ Cardinals elected a guy who’s 78?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2005 5:35 pm

    It was predicted that the new pope would be old…they didn’t want to have another pope with a reign as long as John-Paul’s.

  2. April 19, 2005 5:41 pm

    I was kind of hoping for a pope who was more progressive regarding women in the church and allowing priests to marry…Benedict is strictly traditional on those issues. It will be interesting to see how his conservatism affects the Catholic Church.

  3. April 20, 2005 6:40 am

    Why wouldn’t they want a Pope for a long time? Doesn’t that promote stability?

    As for his policies… on the radio this morning, I heard that Benedict is a big fan of Latin and wasn’t a big fan when the church changed its ways to include local languages in the mass… should be interesting.

    But hey, it’ll all change in ten years when there’s a new pope in town, right? So what’s the big deal? 🙂

  4. April 20, 2005 7:26 am

    It would only promote stability if the pope was stable, not progressive like John-Paul. Some Catholics believed that John-Paul’s next steps would be the reunification of Protestant/Orthodox/Catholicism. And they weren’t too thrilled because they knew it require some amount of compromise. Benedict has pledged to follow in John-Paul’s footsteps in that regard, but can he really do it in only 10 years? (Or even less if he becomes incapacitated because of health problems?)

  5. Slothboy permalink
    April 20, 2005 3:04 pm

    They picked an old pope because they are getting a lot of great press over the death of the pope and they want to cash in again ASAP.

  6. April 20, 2005 4:36 pm

    I like the theory that goes like this: There’s a whole lotta cardinals that would want the job, but none have quite enough clout just yet, so they install a dude who’ll only be pope for 5-10 years. By that time they’ll have done enough good deeds and whatnot to be elected.

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