A final round-up on Benedict-the-polarizing!

Now that today has been, basically, all-Benedict-all-the-time, I thought I would end with a round up of links from Christian bloggers and non-Christian bloggers, although I will not link to kos or Democratic Underground. You know how to get there if you want to.

I’m feeling generous right now so let’s start of with Sock Monkey who is just fit to be tied and ready to bolt to the Anglicans. Jane is NOT happy, as she makes clear in her comments on the posting below, too, a post wherein I explore the idea that progressive Catholics might just split, and wonder whether they, or the press, have any willingness or capability to give the guy the benefit of a doubt. Janie says NO.

I’ll make a note of it. :-)

Julie at Happy Catholic, on the other hand is, well, happy

That is one for the happy column.

Julie links to several other happy Catholics over by her way, and delivers this:

Amongst the joy of the Ratzinger fans and the depression of those not so disposed, were these gems:


Kathy Shaidle, as possessor of the pair of XX chromosomes in the group, was anointed to speak on behalf of all Womankind, but failed her entire sex by not much caring whether women are ordained or not. She also gleefully declared that Benedict is hated by all the right people, so she was pleased as punch with his election. I very much enjoyed sharing our brief counter-insurgency together. :)Mark Shea commenting on their MSNBC appearance

Andrew Sullivan is SO unhappy I’m going to put him down as TWO.

Roman Catholic Blog is dancing around, as are Mark Shea, The Donegal Express and Amy Wellborn.

Doug at Bogus Gold is typically thoughtful, and Catholic Anglican, Sharon is also pleased.

Steve Norris who is not, I believe, Catholic, seems happy nonetheless.

Hugh Hewitt also non-Catholic, is typically wise and seems satisfied.

You know what? I’m tired. It’s been a really long day, and I’m heading to bed. I apologize for not linking to a zillion blogs as I had intended.

Tomorrow, I am busy preparing for a vacation (first one in three years! Yay!) and I PROMISE, I am going to change the subject, too! :-)

And now, may I ask all believing readers, of whatever creed, whether they are happy or unhappy about the new pope, to offer up a prayer on behalf of Jeanette’s loved ones.

Be generous in prayer. God is never outdone in generosity!

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  • http://www.donegalexpress.net Tom

    Roman Catholic Blog is dancing around, as are Mark Shea, The Donegal Express and Amy Wellborn.

    Wow. The last time my blog was mentioned with Amy Welborn’s and Mark Shea’s I was standing on this pyramid wearing sorta sun god robes while thousands of women were screaming and throwing little pickles at me.

    Then my wife cracked me on the side of the head for snoring and told me to go back to sleep.

  • http://www.nerepublican.blogspot.com Dan McCuen

    Hey I have been euphoric since the announcement.

  • http://jawboneofanass.blogspot.com/ Jawbone

    I expect that suffering this kind of criticism from these kinds of people is an honor.

  • http://navy.mil Iris

    Here I go; I’m getting on my soapbox…

    As a woman in a science/technology field I am always surprised by “feminist’s” irrationality.

    Here are woman who refuse to take their husband’s name. While I can understand doing that if you are published under your maiden name and you don’t want to confuse people by changing your name, (especially when people will be using the “Science Citation Index” to find papers that reference your previous work,) I don’t understand it as a rule. Let’s see, you don’t want to take your husband’s name because that would be supporting a patriarchal society, but… whose name do you keep? Is it your mother’s maiden name? No, it is your FATHER’S! So what are you proving by not taking your husband’s name? Oh, yes, you are DADDY’S girl. Oh Yeah that’s really liberating (OK, I can be nastily sarcastic. It is one of my character flaws.)

    I am not an observant Catholic, but I don’t think the Church has to change to suit me! I remain a Catholic because my points of disagreement with other Christian denominations are more basic theological points, which I cannot overcome (The main one makes me very Catholic… I am convinced salvation is only obtain through “Grace” AND “Works”…)

  • tmt

    Over at one news site I read that some kids think Ratzinger’s name was Cardinal “Rap Singer”. Heh.

  • http://kmaru.blogspot.com Kobayashi Maru

    This is not a return to the Middle Ages (as some on the left would have it), but about returning to Christ himself – ‘the red letter stuff’, as I once put it to a spiritual mentor – what Jesus said and did on earth. That may not be fashionable, but it’s the best we have to go on. I’m relieved that PBXVI seems to know that in his bones. With that as foundation, anything is possible.

  • http://RegularRon.blogspot.com RegularRon

    Being that I am Catholic..I’m like mainy others are dancing around. This man knows so much about the teachings of the church..that my little mind couldn’t even dream of keeping it all in.

    When I see all the Anti-Catholic bashing going around …It just makes me sit back smile and say Thank God..Yes I am a Proud Catholic

    Oh and enjoy your vacation sweetie
    Regular Ron

  • http://ohhowilovejesus.com Jeanette

    To all my friends at the Anchoress’ home, I want to thank you for the prayers you are offering up for my honorary niece and her father. Please know they are appreciated and comforting.

  • Darrell

    Reminds me of all those folks who threatened to move to Canada after our last election. Bon voyage!

    The people doing the squawking now left the Church years ago.

  • D. Carter

    I like the Pope’s thinking regarding a smaller Church: not that a smaller Church is inherently a good thing, but it may well be an inherently necessary thing if we are to maintain our spiritual patrimony intact. If the tent gets so big that it can accomodate the demands of, say, Andrew Sullivan, then we really will have traded our inheritance for a mess of pottage.

  • Myssi Ann

    I was incommunicado in a business meeting all day yesterday and went straight from that to a Cub Scout activity. I got home, did laundry and a few other mundane things, and after putting the kids to bed, sat down with my hubby to watch HOUSE and a have little conversation during the commercials. Just before the show came on, hubby says, “We have a new Pope. Well, the Catholics, no I’m gonna claim him too. God only sees one Church, whether we Protestants want to admit it or not.” I asked him who it was and he said “Benedict XVI, I think is his number, and Ratzinger was his name before.” “Good,” I said, “He believes in the Truth. But the liberals who probably shouldn’t call themselves Catholic won’t like it.” “Good,” said my husband, with his simple but true wisdom, “the powers that were didn’t like Jesus either.”
    Anywho, I am glad that the Holy Spirit led the Cardinals to this man at this time. We attend a Protestant church mostly because my husband always has and his family would have an unhealthy fit if we converted. I, like my husband, believe that God only sees one Church and that it is made up only of those who believe that reconciliation with God can come only through Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin, crucified and resurrected. I think that Benedict XVI will be a good leader for all of God’s people, Catholic or not as long as he continues to teach that the Bible is both the Truth of God and our guide to how to live that Truth daily.
    God bless Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Tim Regan

    I am pleased that we have a new pope and that the tradition and consistency of the Catholic Church remain constant. Like many American Catholics I will be interested in Pope Benedict’s viewpoint on issues like celibact, homosexuality, birth control, divorce, ordination of women etc. But agree or not, he is our Pope and I am sure will continue the holy works of John Paul II.