Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Still more on the Pope
We are moving toward 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.
- Pope Benedict XVI in a sermon just before he was elected

Benedict understands...
... what’s wrong with modernity, says John Mark Reynolds in his literate, impressive blog

From an Anglo-Catholic group:

Forward in Faith UK congratulates the Pope

And a few good words from the Orthodox:

Our Churches, which have authority and influence, should unite their efforts to spread Christian values to modern humankind. The secular world is losing its spiritual way and needs our joint testimony as never before.
- His Beatitude Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’, the Church of Russia

While some American [Roman] Catholics may be nervous about the new pope's conservative positions, that very philosophy makes him popular among Eastern Orthodox church leaders, who in recent years forged a friendly relationship with the Vatican.

"I don't like to use the word conservative," said Metropolitan Nicholas, bishop of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of Johnstown [Pa.], who has met Ratzinger several times, "but he very much follows the Orthodox tradition."
Of course this Pope isn’t Byzantine Rite but what the metropolitan means is that in substance like recognizes like.

As St Benedict with his founding of Western monastic community life was an original builder of Catholic Europe, his monasteries sustaining faith and culture in the Dark Ages after the fall of the western Roman Empire, so may this Benedict be a re-builder of that Europe and a beacon to the world.

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