Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Oh noooooooo.......

12:44PM - Cardinal Ratzinger has been named as the new Pope. American Catholics, be afraid, for this surely is a vote for the Catholic Church to continue to fight against the rest of the Modern World, and a bow to continued conservatism.

As for this FleshPresser, I think it's time to get out while the getting is good....

Posted by FleshPresser at 12:42 PM /


  • Blogger Northwestern Economist posted at 2:56 PM  
    "Get out"? Do you mean, withdraw from the Roman Catholic Church? Sorry, I don't quite follow you.

  • Blogger Pressing The Flesh posted at 3:19 PM  
    As for myself, "get out" does refer to a stepping away from the Roman Catholic Church. It may seem extreme, and maybe I'll reflect and change my mind. I can't help but feel betrayed by this decision, however.

    The Pope is a person who is supposed to be appointed by God, and I can't help but compare this very political, man-made decision to be one I would compare to Dick Cheney being charged with the task of finding a Vice Presidential candidate, and winding up placing himself in the position.

    I have personally found my own beliefs straying further and further from the "man-made" teachings of "The Church" - not from the Catholic faith, but from various "interpretations" of that faith.

    With the choice of this Pope, I can't help but feel that this personal chasm is going to do anything but widen.

  • Blogger Northwestern Economist posted at 3:48 PM  
    As a fellow Christian (albeit, a Protestant) I can only say, I'm really sorry and you have my utmost compassion. Evangelical churches suffer from a similar problem, only more crass: a dependence upon business support. They give the imprimatur of sanctimony, and business endows them handsomely.

  • Anonymous Denis Lee posted at 6:39 PM  
    Anyone have any confidence in Christ and His church?? Doesn't a sovereign God have a say anymore??

  • Blogger FleshPresser posted at 8:01 PM  
    Denis, I wish I could say that a sovereign God DOES have a say. That's what I would prefer.

    But I have to tell you that I have little faith of that actually having occurred based on seeing the length of time the decision took, and the person who wound up in the position.

    Is it possible that a sovereign God made this decision? Absolutely. Is it more likely a political move by the Church? Well, I guess we'll never know. And when it comes down to "we'll never know" issues, faith comes to play.

    Forgive me if, as an American Catholic, my FAITH in those who run the Catholic Church has been shaken a bit in the past few years.

    Are you telling me I have no reason to feel this way? Then I respond that there is a significant difference between faith and naiveté.

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