Joseph, Yesterday and Benedict, Today

Yesterday, Cardinal Ratzinger closed his very Christ-centered homily thusly:

We live out our ministry in this way, as a gift of Christ to humanity! But at this time, above all, we pray with insistence to the Lord, so that after the great gift of Pope John Paul II, he again gives us a pastor according to his own heart, a pastor who guides us to knowledge in Christ, to his love and to true joy. Amen.

Today, Pope Benedict XVI opened his papacy thusly:

“I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.
“In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side.”

What I am reading is humility, Christo-centric, intelligent, mindful of what came before, and…someone who associates faith with JOY.

And yet, so many in the press are painting such a different picture.

I cannot wait to see his first interview, so that we may SEE the MAN, himself, and not the caricatures which are already beginning.

I had to go out and heard the local news station interviewing people in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and they were uniformly positive about the new pope. Strangely enough, I came home, turned on CNN and saw Judy Woodruff talking to a female reporter who was woeful and reporting that “New Yorkers here, before St. Patrick’s Cathedral are VERY disappointed…”

I guess she was on the wrong side of the Cathedral!

It’s pretty amusing to watch Paul Begala, Judy Woodruff and the rest. God, they HATE him, already.

Begala is all but foaming at the mouth and declaring that the new pope will “cause division with the Protestants!

He clearly doesn’t know what he is talking about, but it’s always doom, doom, doom with the left.

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  • tmt

    Judy Woodruff doesn’t like him-Begala doesn’t like him…I’m liking him more and more. All we need now is for Howard Dean to scream and I’m joining the Pope Benedict fan club tomorrow. No-I just heard a commentator on CNN call him a “Catholic neocon”. He’s been Pope how many hours? That scream may come any minute…

  • Robert

    Cause division with the Protestants? What does that even mean? I mean, it is about 500 years too late to be worrying about that. Besides, the term “Protestant” can refer to Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Southern Baptists, United Churches of Christ, Churches of Christ, Assemblies of God, and/or United Pentecostal Churches. Nobody is going to make *all* of those groups happy, and why does it matter whether the Pope does?

    My guess is that conservative and evangelical Protestants will be mostly happy with the choice, and liberal Protestants will not be, but again, what does it matter?

  • Kobayashi Maru

    At 78, he’s the oldest pope since 1730 (says the left and the MSM, sneering and hoping he won’t last long.) Of course Reagan was the oldest President when he was elected and that was a GOOD THING. Experiencing history counts for something, even as it may not be an attractive to those seeking to uproot society from its moorings in the interest of ‘progressivism’.

  • Tom

    As a Protestant myself, I have to admit I didn’t much care who the cardinals chose as pope. However, given the howls of outrage from the usual suspects, I figure he must be a really good choice. I had not thought it possible for them to hate anyone as much as Bush, but Benedict XVI may just be pulling it off.

    He’s not causing much division with me, at any rate…

  • Darrell

    So the MSM(The Mainstream Socialist Media) does not like him already? How odd…I thought they were always looking out for the best interests of the Catholic Church. Heck, even Michael Moore weighed in yesterday on his Website about campaigning for Pope and handing out candybags, or was it “goody bags”?.

    Thanks to the Holy Spirit for making a wise choice!

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Robert, as a Catholic who has a profound respect for Evangelicals, I must disagree. In fact, it’s high time that a Pope engage in a serious outreach to Evangelicals, just as the late Pope did with regard to the Eastern Orthodox.

    I, for one, am so pathetically sick and tired of Catholics respecting Islam because Muslims revere Mary and dissing Protestants because they don’t. For crying out loud, people, get your priorities straight! For one thing, Mary would be irrelevant w/o Christ. For another, Muslims not only deny Christ as Messiah; they don’t even believe he was crucified. This is as absurd as believing that Helena, Mont. is the capital of the U.S.

    Perhaps most importantly, Islam seeks to destroy all “infidels” in its quest to conquer the world for “Allah” (i.e. Satan). It is nothing but religious Nazism. The Gospel must be used to convert Muslims and defuse their religion’s inherently destructive power.

  • Jane N-B

    I have been so profoundly moved these last couple of weeks, with the illness and death of Pope John Paul, and now the selection of the new Pope Benedict. I am a lifelong Protestant (grew up in a Presbyterian and Congregationalist church, attended an Episcopal grade school, and became a Lutheran as an adult), but find the whole process fascinating and spirit-filled. Blessings to the new Pope – I will continue to pray for him and for the Catholic church.

    Jane N-B

  • Robert

    Joseph, as an evangelical Christian I think a papal outreach to Evangelicals would be wonderful. I also think the time is right for it, and that reaction to “The Passion of the Christ” demonstrated both that Catholics and Evangelicals can get together on common ground and that they have more in common with each other than either has with liberal Protestants. I don’t disagree with anything you say. I guess my point was that the Vatican shouldn’t be selecting a Pope based on what Protestants think. For my part, if someone I didn’t like were chosen I would have shrugged my shoulders and moved on.