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What’s your Papal Name?

Did the Papal Name test – quite funny – my answers were very irreligious. Your Papal Name is Pope Adeodatus II You think Pope Benedict IX was a Saint who should have indulged himself a bit more. You’re already halfway though “How to Excommunicate for Fun and Profit” and, if you were made Pope, you would have the treasures of ... Read More »

The Pope of Cyberspace

Pope Benedict XVI may be a doctrinal luddite, but he is down with the communicative abilities of cyberspace. “Let us go forth in the joy of the risen Lord and trusting in his permanent help,” proclaimed his first text message sent to all TIM cellphone users who subscribe to a papal “thought of the day” service, which was launched two ... Read More »

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 »