Comments: Roman election

Gosh, the Telegraph got something almost right there. There's an awful lot to be gained by occasionally stripping all the institution and tradition away and just concentrating on "Follow Me".

I'm not sure I'd put some a human-centric view on it as the author there, with the phrases "the love of God through love of one's neighbour", although what *is* important is the outworking of the principles Jesus lived by and taught, amongst Christians today. (Likewise I'd flip the two clauses in "man and man, and man and God".)

Posted by Tim at Monday, 18 April 2005 at 3:27pm BST

"An existential relationship between man and man, and man and God" is what many seek, and in so doing they reject centuries of tradition - liturgical, musical, authorative, etc. But the raging debates in both Roman and Anglican churches are not about how quickly to throw away tradition, rather, they are about whose property it now is.

Posted by Mike Jackson at Monday, 18 April 2005 at 5:16pm BST

This appeared in *The Telegraph*? I'm gobsmacked.

"Joseph Ratzinger used to be a progressive theologian before becoming John Paul's doctrinal enforcer at the head of the Vatican department formerly known as the Inquisition. Can the Holy Spirit persuade him to turn back to his original self?"

We can only hope . . .

The Holy Spirit has, from time-to-time, pulled out some gobsmacking surprises (Nixon to China? Gorbachev's Glasnost/Perestroika? The Resurrection?): praise Her!

Posted by J. C. Fisher at Tuesday, 19 April 2005 at 8:22pm BST

The Ratzinger papacy could be very interesting. Who knows? When Angelo Roncali was elected in 1958 nobody had the slightest idea of what was to come. Chosing to be known as Benedict rather than following immediately as another John Paul or Pius is some indication of an independent spirit. After 25 years at the top of the Vatican bureaucracy there are bound to be some highly developed notions floating around in what is undoubtedly a keen intellect. Put that with highly developed political skills and perhaps a feeling of release from the constraints of serving his predecessor the Roman church could be in for an exhilirating ride. Or maybe there will only be the sound of lashing whips and the gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness.

Posted by Rodney McInnes at Wednesday, 20 April 2005 at 12:32am BST
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