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Blogcritics On Pope Benedict XVI In, Pope John Paul ll Out

A new pope has been elected, the former Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, replacing the beloved if controversial John Paul ll. We have news and views on them both and the process:

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…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on April 22, 2005 12:42 PM

Pope Benedict needs to declare the fruitfulness and the multiplication as Mission Accomplished…
“Immediately after creating man, God told him, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea,…
Posted to Politics by Big Time Patriot on April 22, 2005 01:07 AM

Who is Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI?
As Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI was considered the bad cop to Pope John Paul II’s good cop.
Posted to Culture by Carpe Bonum on April 20, 2005 03:56 PM

Pope Formerly Known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Starts Employee Orientation
You’ve been Poped. Written by Joe Wilson VATICAN CITY ( – Over two days the College of Cardinals sent clouds of gray, white, indigo and black smoke out of the sacred chimney, giving the world some indication that…
Posted to Culture by PoopyCaca on April 20, 2005 10:06 AM

How this Pope could one day serve the world
Hey folks, from…
Posted to Culture by Lono on April 20, 2005 01:01 AM

Bloggers react to the new pope.
From Powerline: Professor Bainbridge shows that “the new Pope demonstrably recognizes that there is legitimate room for disagreement on how one operationalizes all but the most basic Church teachings, such as the gospel of life, and that even there Catholics…
Posted to Politics by Leoniceno on April 19, 2005 11:53 PM

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…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on April 19, 2005 06:21 PM

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…
Posted to Culture by Justene Adamec on April 19, 2005 11:58 AM (Score: 2)

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany – New pope
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is presented to world as the new pope. Apparently he was Pope John Paul’s technical and close advisor and formerly a member of the Hitler Youth (he was just following orders). He is 78, so the…
Posted to Culture by Temple Stark on April 19, 2005 11:56 AM (Score: 5)

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.
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on April 19, 2005 11:53 AM (Score: 5)

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…
Posted to Culture by Adam Ash on April 19, 2005 09:27 AM

The Papal Conclave – Day One
Cardinals were prohibited from voting for themselves in 1179 by the Third Lateran Council, who also increased the required simple majority vote to two thirds for an election. However, this ruling was dispensed with in 1945 by Pius XII, who compensated by increasing the…
Posted to Culture by Annie on April 18, 2005 10:16 PM

Papal Conclave Begins
We are watching television waiting for the procession in. The husband can’t believe they haven’t started yet. He’s not Catholic. He underestimates how much prayer and meditation really is necessary. Cardinal Ratzinger, a German appointed in 1977 by…
Posted to Politics by Justene Adamec on April 18, 2005 09:34 AM

Weekly BlogScan: (Ding, Dong) The Pope Is Dead
The blog announcement on April 2, 2005, of the death of Pope John Paul II from the well-reputed Pope Blog was followed by today’s post which runs down the papabile, complete with links to biographical information…
Posted to Culture by DrPat on April 8, 2005 05:55 PM

Pope Watch: What Were They Thinking?
What was George W. Bush thinking? This guy gave me no end of crap about the Iraq war, and I have to come here and KNEEL? What was Laura Bush thinking?
Posted to Culture by bhw on April 7, 2005 09:35 AM

It`s a bird! It`s a plane! Nope….It`s The Pope!
“The Incredible Popeman”, created by Colombian artist Rodolfo Leon, introduces Pope John Paul II, as a fledgling super hero, who after dying, is resurrected and…
Posted to Culture by Annie on April 6, 2005 11:05 PM

Attributes of Wisdom
Wisdom is not the way of powerful weapons or a massive army. It is not in the arrogance and stature of a man, nor his empty words. Wisdom walks quietly in the streets, talks briefly and with sincerity and patience, and…
Posted to Culture by Sapere Aude on April 6, 2005 05:41 AM (Score: 1)

The Vatican Menace
The wagers are already plunking on who will be the next Pope. The favorites at the moment are Diongi Tettamanzi, an Italian Cardinal who is Arch-Bishop of Milan, and who ghost-wrote one of John Paul’s encyclicals, and Francis…
Posted to Culture by Michael D. Bryan on April 5, 2005 10:56 PM

St. Louis Cardinals Forego Opening Day to Decide New Pope
St. Louis Cardinals’ Reggie Sanders seeks divine intervention. Written by Dylan James ST. LOUIS, Missouri ( – Baseball in St. Louis is on hold as the Cardinals are making their way to Rome to take part in the election of…
Posted to Culture by PoopyCaca on April 5, 2005 08:38 PM

What Will Gene Greytak Do?
Just before my wife and I began our power walk though Hollywood, we heard the news that Pope John Paul II was near death. Donna started to tell me about seeing the Pope on one of his many U.S. visits….
Posted to Video by Tony Figueroa on April 5, 2005 11:05 AM

The Political Pope
Pope John Paul ll’s greatest legacy may be his political impact on the world, most specifically on his native Poland. His famous Mass on the Warsaw square in 1979, and his nine-day tour of the nation preaching “never lose your…
Posted to Politics by Eric Olsen on April 5, 2005 10:50 AM

The Poop on the Pope
The Pope is dead. Yeah, finally, the Pope is dead. Lucky for him he didn’t linger in a vegetative state like Terri-what’s-her-name.
Posted to Culture by Shark on April 5, 2005 10:22 AM

The Pope and the Best Seller’s List
If nothing else, the death of John Paul II has shaken up the best-seller’s list at On Monday afternoon — this was the partial list of book best seller’s. #2: Memory and Identity : Conversations at the Dawn of …
Posted to Books by Bruce Kratofil on April 4, 2005 07:22 PM

U2: Of Popes and Vertigo
I’m not sure things get much better than they have been for U2 over the last several months, pulling off the momentous and enviable feat of being simultaneously the band of the moment and a band for the ages. Their…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on April 4, 2005 12:41 PM

damn… It’s 12-Monkeys all over again… Life imitating art… All that kinda jazz… Reactionary papacy… Sprouted wings and flew into the divine hereafter… Leaving Corporation Catholika in turmoil… Press Office 24/7… Corpse-cam… Crazy shit… Angola meanwhile… Is Haemorrhagic Fever Capitol… Seems nasty little Missy Ebola-virus… Well, her offshoot cousin… Marburg… Has felled…
Posted to Culture by Kable on April 4, 2005 07:14 AM

John Paul II: A Giant
John Paul II was one of the giants of the 20th century and he brought the Catholic Church into modernity. It is common wisdom that the hierarchical authoritative Catholic Church is less receptive to democratic institutions than the Protestant…
Posted to Politics by Tom Donelson on April 3, 2005 10:46 AM

Death of a Conservative Autocrat
Fintan O’Toole (Ireland’s premier leftie intellectual) is speaking at the interminable wake for John Paul II, that has been taking place on Irish radio since yesterday evening. Hopefully he will make a few realistic comments that will cut through the…
Posted to Politics by Queenie on April 3, 2005 07:11 AM

Karol Wojtyla 1920 – 2005 Vigil… Candles… Rivers of tears… Shed… For… A man… With wings woven of messianic gold… Reactionary papacy… Sweet Jesus… Judgments… By the Prophet of the New Millennium… Let he without sin… Cast the first stone… Vatican-cam… Corporation-cam… Press-Office 24/7 fucking-cam… Soon to be canonized… JOHN PAUL THE GREAT… If you don’t mind…
Posted to Culture by Kable on April 3, 2005 06:51 AM

Pope Quotes
Quotes here: “The Catholic Church has lost its shepherd. The world has lost a champion of human freedom and a good and faithful servant of God has been called home. — U.S. President George W. Bush. “The greatest and maybe the…
Posted to Culture by RJ on April 3, 2005 02:42 AM

The Passing of the Pope
Catholic or not, the world has suffered a loss.
Posted to Culture by mpho on April 2, 2005 06:23 PM

Pope John Paul II’s death
The death of Pope John Paul II is weighing quite heavy on me right now. I just thought I’d share in case anyone was feeling the same. It’s not that I’m a Catholic, because I’m not. But there are about 1.1…
Posted to Politics by Temple Stark on April 2, 2005 12:24 PM

Requiem and Reformation: The Media and the Pope
As a fallen away Catholic who believes very much in dogmas that are diametrically opposed to Catholicism, I can’t work up either any teary treacly plaudits for this Pope or much condemnation. I think when it comes to modernity, the pontiff…
Posted to Culture by Keith Gottschalk on April 2, 2005 10:23 AM

Pope John Paul II – Welcome My Good and Faithful Servant
(Vatican 01JAN2004): “My words are addressed to you, the Leaders of the nations, who have the duty of promoting peace! To you, Jurists, committed to…
Posted to Culture by Z.Z. Bachman on April 1, 2005 10:07 PM

Be not afraid
Many think the Pope has been a conservative leader. Certainly if you look at his political pronouncements on issues like gay unions, that is a conclusion you may draw. However, the Pope has always been a progressive in…
Posted to Culture by Justene Adamec on April 1, 2005 09:56 PM

The MSM does it again!
I turned on the TV today sometime around 2PM. I was flipping the channels and I got to channel 8 (CNN) and I saw scrolled across the bottom of the screen, “Pope John Paul II is dead”. Being…
Posted to Video by Andy Marsh on April 1, 2005 08:33 PM

Pope Has Heart Attack
Story here: Pope John Paul II had a heart attack and his condition is “very serious,” a Vatican spokesman said. The 84-year-old leader of the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics, who is conscious, had “a urinary tract infection, septic shock, and…
Posted to Culture by RJ on April 1, 2005 02:17 AM

What if we end up with ”The Pope Who Wouldn’t Die”????
What a follow up to the whole Schiavo mess this might turn out to be, the Pope is apparently going on a feeding tube, what if his condition deteriorates into a coma? Things could get complicated. ”In the pope’s speech, delivered…
Posted to Politics by Big Time Patriot on March 31, 2005 11:37 PM

Pope Given Last Rites
Latest news beaming around the world is that the Pope is very close to death and has been given his last Rites. UPDATE “The Holy Father has been struck during the day by a high fever caused by an infection of…
Posted to Culture by Darren Rowse on March 31, 2005 05:27 PM

The Pope should retire when…
Pope John Paul II won’t step down until he has died. Or, so he says. Fine. But they should have a policy in place to force Popes to retire when they become far less effective, due to a decline in…
Posted to Culture by Triniman on March 30, 2005 11:38 PM

Handicapping the Pope
(Overheard at the water cooler accompanied by respectfully raucous laughter) “God, did you see the Pope on tv?” “Christ! What’d they do, wheel him up the window and move his chair side to side to make it look like was…
Posted to Culture by mpho on March 25, 2005 12:45 AM

Pope John Paul II, The Silent?
The ailing, 84 year-old Pope John Paul ll may not be doing much public speaking — ever — following a tracheotomy (a small opening cut into the neck and windpipe, with a breathing tube inserted into it so air…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on February 25, 2005 07:17 PM

The Pope Is In Rough Shape
Story here: ROME – Pope John Paul spent a restful night in hospital after throat surgery and was breathing unassisted but doctors have advised him not to speak for several days, the Vatican…
Posted to Culture by RJ on February 25, 2005 10:56 AM

Holy Father, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
According to the New Testament, as Christ hung on the cross His last words were, “Eloi Eloi lema sabachthane?” For those who do not know the translation it means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” The…
Posted to Politics by Silas Kain on February 23, 2005 07:45 AM

The Pope Is Seriously Ill
From here: VATICAN CITY – Pope John Paul II, who had already canceled several days of appointments, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night with complications of the flu, the Vatican said. The pope, 84, who has been in poor health…
Posted to Politics by RJ on February 1, 2005 11:11 PM

Mothers: Don’t Let Your Daughters Grow Up To Marry Muslims
Quotes from here VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican warned Catholic women on Friday to think hard before marrying a Muslim and urged Muslims to show more respect for human rights, gender equality and democracy. Calling women “the least protected member…
Posted to Culture by RJ on May 14, 2004 07:03 PM

Pope Strokes Cheney’s Dove
Dick Cheney’s Peace Offering shows the doublespeak nature of this administration that twists every known symbol and word to misrepresent its intentions:Vice President Cheney brought along a crystal dove of peace when he arrived Tuesday for an audience with…
Posted to Politics by Dirtgrain on February 3, 2004 10:10 AM

Lauryn Hill blasts Vatican audience
From Yahoo News: US hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill stunned leading members of the Roman Catholic Church when she accused them of moral corruption, exploitation and abuse from the stage during a Christmas concert at the Vatican. Hill, 28, launched…
Posted to Culture by Al Barger on December 15, 2003 12:09 AM

Vatican Misses the Point
The Roman Catholic church has had many problems over the past few years. Allegations of abuse of young boys by pedophile priests have rocked the world. While these allegations of abuse are horrible, the way the Vatican has acted has…
Posted to Culture by Tom Bux on October 9, 2003 09:47 AM

From the Vatican
I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but this headline conjures all kinds of strange visions: “Pope, Looking Slightly Stronger, Makes More Saints.” I picture Pope John Paul, weak and doddering, dragging himself out of bed, muttering under his breath in…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on October 6, 2003 10:15 AM

A Kennedy Stands for Justice, Against Vatican “Bigotry”
US Congressperson Patrick Kennedy says discrimination against gays in marriage is “bigotry.” The Rhode Island representative’s comments came last week, after Pope John Paul II signed off on a Vatican document that calls on Catholic…
Posted to Politics by Natalie Davis on August 11, 2003 08:27 PM

The Pope Speaks
The pope says the war on Iraq threatens the “fate of humanity”: “When war, as in these days in Iraq, threatens the fate of humanity, it is ever more urgent to proclaim, with a strong and decisive voice, that…
Posted to Politics by Eric Olsen on March 22, 2003 10:50 AM

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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