Tuesday, April 19, 2005

White Smoke Signals Stormy Skies 

The voting cardinals have taken the conservative, business as usual route and selected German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope. The 78-year-old will be known as Pope Benedict XVI. Previously Ratzinger was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Wondering what some of his beliefs regarding the world are? From the Yahoo article:
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.
Cardinal Ratzinger was also behind many of the Vatican's publications and statements condemning homosexuality, same sex marriage, and catholic politicians who do not vote according to church teachings. Several of the documents, published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, can be found in a variety of languages on their website.

I'd say there are stormy seas ahead for progressives.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:05 PM