Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Maybe next time.

Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, is the first German pope since the 11th century. You can tell a lot about a man by his critics, so the upcoming seething of the Left over the papal decision should be seen as a monumental compliment for his moral stature.
Prior to the conclave, Ratzinger warned the cardinals, bishops and others gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a Mass that the church must stay true to itself, the Associated Press reported.

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.

"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires," he said.

"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism," he said, making clear that he disagrees with that view [of moral relativism].
Cliff notes for the Left: Dashing your dreams of a pope who would modify the church to conform with your progressive beliefs of today, the church still believes in unshakable absolute truths. The stuff that was wrong yesterday, still is.

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