Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Oh, mein Gott!

Philipp Gessler, writing in Die Tageszeitung, captures many people's fears about the new Bishop of Rome:

Ratzinger will try to seal the bulkheads of the Holy Roman Church from the modern world —without the charisma and the humanity that characterised John Paul II. No good news for women, homosexuals and AIDS patients, to name just a few. Shortly after his election, Ratzinger, who calls himself Benedict XVI, announced to the faithful at St. Peters Square: "I am only a simple, humble worker in the Lord's vineyard." Simple he is not, humble hardly —and if there's one thing the intellectual is not, it's a worker. The church is in for hard times.

The entire article (in German) may be read here.

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