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Sunday, May 08, 2005


Carl Olson

Such stories make me smile and scream at the same time. "Reporting" that Benedict XVI "will stick to Pope John Paul II's unwavering stands against abortion and euthanasia" is like "reporting" that the newly elected President of the U.S.A. will "stick to previous presidents' stands against enemy countries, acts of terrorism, and injustice." So, is that all they "have" on the new pope--that he's going to uphold the same doctrines and beliefs that the previous 264 popes held? Wow. If that's all it takes to be a reporter...


While not a full translation, Zenit has more of the homily given at St. John Lateran, such as:

He continued: "The power conferred by Christ to Peter and his Successors is, in the absolute sense, a mandate to serve. The authority to teach, in the Church, entails a commitment to the service of obedience to the faith. The Pope is not an absolute monarch, whose thought and will are law. On the contrary, the Pope's ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his word.

"He must not proclaim his own ideas, but constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to the word of God, in face of attempts to adapt and water down, as well as of all opportunism."

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