Comments: Critical reaction to election of Pope Benedict

Bishop of Oxford's welcome:

" I think one can quite properly ask whether a 78-year-old West European male is the best person...."

What a pleasant, ecumenical Christlike welcome to the new Pope! Quite a tirade, espcially from a liberal bishop! Ageist, racist, and sexist comment in one sentence!

Posted by Pilgrim at Friday, 22 April 2005 at 9:36am BST

The Rev Richard Thomas, a spokesman for the Oxford Diocese, told the Press Association that Bishop Harries saw the appointment of Cardinal Ratzinger as an opportunity missed by the Catholic Church to bolster its relationship with the Anglican Church

The Anglican Church has deliberately adopted policies which puts further distance between itself and the RC church. Seems these are the missed opportunities, the deliberate errection of roadblocks in the name of modernity.

Posted by S D Martin at Tuesday, 26 April 2005 at 4:58am BST

Somewhat mild, I would say.

How about 'We regret the election of this outdated bigot, and trust it will put to bed the ridiculous idea of 'unity' until the RC church abandons its repressive dogmas'?

Posted by Merseymike at Tuesday, 26 April 2005 at 10:52am BST
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