“Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labelled today as a fundamentalism,” he said, speaking in Italian. “Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and ‘swept along by every wind of teaching,' looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards.My more conservative Catholic friends will be over the moon with the election of Joseph Ratzinger.
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Ratzinger's election will annoy all the right people. As I've said before, I hope his resemblance to Mr. Burns and Nosferatu, along with his Stalag 13 name, won't turn everyone off at once.I suspect that this delight may be short lived - both in the literal sense, Ratzinger is 78 - and in the sense that he may very well be the last hurrah for the conservative end of the Church. He was very much JPII's pitbull and depending on the length of his tenure is unlikely to make the Catholic Church any more strict than it already is.
The interesting question is what this does for the next Pope...My sense is it opens up an opportunity for a massive reallignment of Catholic doctorine in light of the 20th century. One need not be a relativist to recognize that the issues raised by modern technologies and ideas mean that the Catholic Church needs to respond with more than a pious hope that assorted genies be shoved back into their respective bottles.