Midnight Rantings

Tired rantings in a tired world.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI

Well, the Catholic faithful have a new leader. The throne of Saint Peter is, once again, filled. As a Protestant, I hope his leadership can right the Catholic ship. Of course, some are already trying to figure out what he will stand for. To quote the author, William J. Cole, he might upset a few folks:
On Monday, Ratzinger, who was the powerful dean of the College of Cardinals, used his homily at the Mass dedicated to electing the next pope to warn the faithful about tendencies that he considered dangers to the faith: sects, ideologies like Marxism, liberalism, atheism, agnosticism and relativism - the ideology that there are no absolute truths.


This following quote from his homily at Mass:
"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism," he said, speaking in Italian. "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.


Christians need to understand that they are not of this world. If this world accepts them, then they are doing it wrong.

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