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Pope Benedict XVI: Joseph Against the Gays

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, of Germany, a doctrinal conservative, was elected the 265th pontiff Tuesday evening, choosing the name Pope Benedict XVI. Gay Catholic groups are bumming. Gay groups: “Gay and lesbian Catholics are going to be very hurt by this election because Cardinal Ratzinger was the lighting rod for so much of the anger they felt under the previous ... Read More »

Pope Benedict XVI

We have the new Pope, the former Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. He has chosen the name Benedict XVI. I said in my last post that this was a high-risk pick in a low-risk time. The best resource for Ratzinger’s writings is at the Ratzinger Fan Club, which is overloaded. It is worth waiting for. More here and here. Read More »

White Smoke Over the Vatican: New Pope Elected

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, of Germany, a doctrinal conservative, was elected the 265th pontiff Tuesday evening in the second day of the first papal conclave of the 21st century. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI. Video here. (“THE HOLY FATHER The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of ... Read More »

To hell with the Pope

The Papal circus has mercifully come to an end. The new Pope, Benedict XVI, 78, is an ultra-conservative Vatican insider, so the Church will remain as anti-modernist as ever. They chose not to open the Papacy up to a South American, where four out of ten Catholics live; they picked a German. Meanwhile, they want to make the deceased Pope ... Read More »

Da Vinci Code and History

The History Channel in Canada broadcast “The Real Da Vinci Code” as a two hour show a few week ago (March 23/05). Actor, journalist and politician Tony Robinson was the narrator and he brought a comic and sarcastic presence, honed in his appearances as Baldrick in Rowan Atkinson’s “Blackadder” shows, to his role as debunker of modern myths. The show ... Read More »

How News Media Helps Create Myths: China and Japan

True or false: Domestic violence rises after the Super Bowl game? The answer, according to Snopes.com, is false. A small fact about one incident in one city went on to become a generalization that was not true. Most people will hear or read the initial news account, often rushed to meet a deadline, particularly because it has a timely message ... Read More »