Friday, July 29, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI
From
Anglo-Catholic Ruminations
Optimistic (from our POV) Australian article about the new Pope
• Objective, Godward, liturgical... great!
• Related to that, as the article correctly hints the Catholic faith is not the personal cult of the Pope
• Regarding the other predictions, I’ll believe them when I see them
As for major issues of division in the church - women priests, contraception and married priests - [Dr Paul] Collins predicts there will be no change.
Of course not — regarding the first two, changing the universe isn’t among the Pope’s powers and he doesn’t and his predecessor didn’t claim otherwise. Once again the secular world confuses doctrine with discipline, the last item being the latter, but that rule probably won’t change either.

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