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Jason Holliston
Tuesday, April 19, 2005  
May God Bless Pope Benedict XVI

So, today the Church has a new father in the former Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, and he's taken the name Benedict. This will take a while to get used to, especially hearing "Benedict our Pope" in the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass instead of "John Paul our Pope". While I'm full of hope in this new spiritual leader and in the future of the Church, I still miss JPII, and probably always will.

One thing that has been a consistent meme in the media's reporting of Ratzinger's election, and in many blogs I read, is that he is "conservative". Well, he is in the true sense of the word, in that he recognizes what's important about the past and respects the truth. He isn't in the sense of a United States politician. Listen: the Catholic Church's leadership and their decision making does not translate to the American government's leadership their decision making. In other words, you cannot use a countries system of government and expect to make sense of the Vatican. There are not "conservatives" and "liberals" in the Catholic Church. There are only more faithful Catholics and less faithful Catholics. That's it. There are different approaches to implementing the Gospel and the Tradition of the Church, but the underlying message is the same, and has been for 2000 years.

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