Benedict XVI

The Vatican Conclave has chosen the next Pope, formerly known as Cardinal Ratzinger. I do not know enough about him to comment, but Captain Ed has a quote from him that is extremely gratifying:
[Relativism] is letting oneself be "swept along by every wind of teaching." (It) looks like the only attitude (acceptable) to today's standards. We are moving towards 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.
If this is the new Pope's thinking, then the world will be much benefitted by it. Here is my hope that Catholicism will be a force for good under his leadership.


Mike Maller said...

"If this is the new Pope's thinking, then the world will be much benefitted by it."

That is not an inherently good platform. The great evils in history have been decried as the "certainly good" by their doers. One of the building blocks of World War II was Germany's idea of the supremecy of its own national ego and desires.

One of the elements of the government in the U.S. that I most love is that it is a government of individuals. Parties organize, parties fund, and parties promote, but when we enter the voting booth, we choose from a list of individuals, who cannot hide behind their parties when it comes time to do their work. Some elected officials may try, but when it comes time to vote again, if their electorate is unhappy with it, they can directly remove them.

I'm not saying that relativism is the great savior, or the answer to history's problems. It just hasn't had enough of a chance to show its own evils yet. Do not patently dismiss one or the other... they both have quite a few blemishes.

Safe trip, and see you soon. :¬)

Asher Litwin said...

Yeah, many christians I talked to (and several non christians, but liberal actors) all expressed dismay at the fact that the pope was so overtly conservative. Hehehe, I am happy, myself. Rationality strikes again :).

My apologies to all liberals out there. I know your heart is in the right place. We just need to work on the location of the head for some of you.