Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The new boss man in Rome

Well, the smoke changed colour and Ratzinger appeared. Seems a strange choice by the Conclave from the outside; after appointing a Pole, they've moved West a bit to give a German the job, at a time when Catholicism is strongest in Latin America and Africa.

Ok so il pape didn't have any choice about being a member of Hitler Youth; but as leader of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly known as the Inquisition) the pedigree is confirmed. His views can be summed up as follows: pro-tradition, anti-gay, anti-condom (therefore pro-HIV Aids), anti-liberation theology, anti-women priests and pro-celibacy. Its not looking good for those who want Catholicism to engage with social issues in the next few years.


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