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Tuesday, April 19, 2005



We'll be sure to take up a collection to buy him a crying rag. Nah na nah na nah na!

Lisa Williams

Do you think that your condescenscion and contempt are Christian?

Mark Brumley

Woe to you when all men speak well of you.

SK Bujnak

"Leaves the possibility open for more moderate policy?" Hans Kung sounds like a State Farm agent trying to close a sale. Thank God the Holy Spirit gave us a theologian.

Carl Olson

Lisa: I'm not sure how pointing out the truth about Hans Kung is condescending or filled with contempt. Frankly, he's a sad figure. More sad, however, has been his influence on far too many people. If you ever heard how he railed against Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope John Paul II you might be surprised at how kind I've been....

Mark Brumley

I think Benedict XVI will make every reasonable effort to unify Catholics. But he will not do it at the expense of the truth. He is willing to listen and to respond to genuinely Catholic calls for change in areas open to change--although simply because something can, in principle, be changed doesn't mean it should change. However, he is convinced, as Chesterton was, that we don't need a church that moves with the world, but a church that moves the world.

I, for one, am tired of hearing the media ask whether he will be a pope who listens to the people. Of course he will. But listening to the people should involve more than simply doing what they say they want. Sometimes when you listen to people, as Jesus listened to the Pharisees and the Sadducees, what you hear tells you to say or doing things they don't want to hear or see you do.

More important than listening to the people is listening to the Holy Spirit. And of course all these people in the media who are asking whether Benedict XVI will listen to the people never bother to ask themselves whether they are willing to listen to what God is saying to us by the election of Joseph Ratzinger to be Benedict XVI.

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