Posted Apr 19, 2005 in Events.
The new Pope is Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger. He was born in Bavaria on April 16th, 1927. Since 1981, the then Cardinal Ratzinger has been prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Inquisition. Ratzinger is one of the most socio-culturally conservative figures in the Vatican. He has warned against the dangers of radical secularism, homosexual “marriage,” the decline of European culture, and disregard for the unborn.
In 1986, Ratzinger issued a letter to the Catholic Bishops in which he wrote that homosexuality was a “tendency” towards an “intrinsic moral evil”. A few years later, in 1992, he rejected the notion of human rights for gays, stressing that their civil liberties could be “legitimately limited”. He followed up by remarking that “neither the church nor society should be surprised” if “irrational and violent reactions increase” when gays demand civil rights.
Ratzinger wrote that Harry Potter books represent a potential for a “subtle deception” that “is barely noticeable and for that reason penetrates deeply”, a deception that could be a “subversion of Christianity in the inward being.” Personally, I could've sworn they were just children's stories.
Catholics who hoped for a relaxation of rules and doctrine concerning birth control, abortion, inclusivity, homosexuality, and women's rights are going to have to wait until the next guy, I'm afraid. The insanity will go on.