Pope Benedict XVI.

by kai on 19/04/2005

Following Sean Corfield’s post about Pope John Paul II

I just learned that the new pope is a German – after ca. 480 years of absence from providing the head of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, which was used to be his name in the real and legal life up to now, is expected to follow the ideas and the plans of John Paul II., so what one might see in the mid-term future is again a very conservative Catholic Church and probably just a few reforms. The first reactions over here in Germany were very mixed. Some hardliners really appreciated him to be the new pope but a lot of groups interested in a modernized Catholic church were really disappointed, even the word “catastrophy” came up in the press.

It’s going to be interesting, I’m one of the guys who just can remember to John Paul II. as being “the pope” as I was four years old when he was elected. I’m no Catholic and not even a Christian, so I don’t have to deal with the religious implications this election might result in. Nevertheless I grew up in the Christian-influenced culture, so he was present all over my life. However: It’s hardly deniable that the Catholic Church still is a global player in politics also and the words of Benedict XVI. will probably have some weight in this world – despite a lot of people leaving the Catholic Church during the last years.

JesterXL April 20, 2005 at 12:00 am
Sean Corfield April 20, 2005 at 12:00 am

Yeah, this isn’t surprising news in many ways. He’s a ‘safe’ choice for the cardinals because he’s European and it keeps the papacy local. He’s also very conservative – like all of the candidates this time around who had any chance of being elected. I think it’s a shame the church isn’t willing to be a bit more modern in its outlook. At least J.P.II was willing to embrace other cultures and religions – I gather B.XVI has already indicated he wants Turkey kept out of the EU because they are a Muslim country? That’s disgraceful in this day and age…

marivic April 21, 2005 at 12:00 am

can you breakdance to Mozart? He is an accomplished pianist and loves Mozart.

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