Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Washington Post: "After 2 Years, Pope Turns Right"

From The Washington comPost:
VATICAN CITY -- As he approaches the third year of his reign, Pope Benedict XVI is hardening into the kind of pontiff that liberals feared and conservatives hoped for.

Elected April 19, 2005, to succeed his dear friend John Paul II, the leader of the world's Roman Catholics slid smoothly into his job as pastor of an enormous flock. He reached out to dissidents, other faiths and countries long hostile to the church.

But recently, as his 80th birthday approached, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has drawn a tougher line.

He has rebuffed calls, including by bishops in his native Germany, to let divorced Catholics who remarry participate fully in the church.

He has warned Catholic politicians who must decide on such issues as abortion, euthanasia and marriage that the faith's values are "not negotiable." And he has closed the door on any relaxation of the celibacy requirement for priests.

Benedict's persistent defense of the "traditional family" based on marriage between a man and a woman has emboldened Italy's bishops, who are waging a fierce battle against the government's proposal to extend some rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex unions.

(emphasis added)

My Comments:
Heaven forbid that the Pope "persistently defend" the Church's traditional teachings on the family.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
AFP: "Pope Downbeat on 80th Birthday"

Pope Set to Make Mark on U.S. Church

Newsweak: "The Missing Pope"

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At 4/18/2007 8:25 AM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

The persistence of the media in believing that the Pope, any pope, might one day actually change the ancient teachings and practices of the Church simply to "keep up with the times", in the face of all evidence to the contrary, is a thing of wonder to me.

And their frustration that it doesn't happen is often comic to see.

At 4/18/2007 9:38 AM, Blogger Brian said...


From the Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 5;

5:32. Keep therefore and do the things which the Lord God hath commanded you: you shall not go aside neither to the right hand, nor to the left.

5:33. But you shall walk in the way that the Lord your God hath commanded, that you may live, and it may be well with you, and your days may be long in the land of your possession.

The WAPO is not made up of journalist nor scholars. Their ways are not his nor ours. Thank God!

At 4/18/2007 1:42 PM, Blogger RobKPhD said...

How is this conservative. It is merely Catholic. This has always been our position.


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