Almost forgot- we have a new pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, heretofore to be known as Pope Benedict XVI. I know absolutely nothing about him, although his appointment (ascension??) did spawn this most unfortunate headline:
‘Germany will be very proud’
Because we all know all of the good that can come from a unified, united, and proud Germany. Flame away, I’m German.
Already, for me, at least, the election of a new Pope is paying dividends, as Andrew Sullivan’s steady stream of posts on the man virtually assure that I am no longer the most hysterical man in the blogosphere.
At any rate, it seems to me that Andrew’s chief objection is that the new Pope tends to adhere to church doctrine. Strange sin to get worked up in a lather over. If he were running for President, I might have an issue, but as the leader of his church, it seems to me that is what he is supposed to be doing.
At any rate, Andrew, you are American now, so you can do what all other good Catholics are doing- ignore him when it comes to matters of conscience:
When the pope or official Catholic teaching differs from one’s own conscience, the conscience should be the guide, said 72 percent of Catholics surveyed, with just 18 percent saying the pope must be obeyed.
That is the same finding as twenty years ago when CBS News pollsters first started asking that question.
In this most recent survey, 82 percent of Catholics said you can disagree with the pope and still be a good Catholic; 15 percent said the opposite.
At any rate, here is to a long and healthy reign for Pope Benedict the XVI.
More here in the same vein from Jeff Goldstein, whose radio show I will be a guest on this week.