Sorry for the lack of posts this morning, as I have been occupied elsewhere. As for the news from the Vatican today, as a lifelong Catholic I am less than optimistic at the news of a Pope Benedict XVI. Given Ratzingerís hard-line and dogmatic stances on a variety of issues, I had hoped that the Church would move towards a pontiff more concerned about suffering, poverty, and injustice instead of one who elevates strict adherence to the Church above all else.
Hopefully, Iíll be wrong about Pope Benedict XVI. But to me, elevating Ratzinger to the top spot is akin to the impact from suddenly seeing a President Cheney.