Just curious...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 20, 2005

... when Pope Benedict XVI issues his first encyclical letter, should we ask to see the whole text, or just rely on Cardinal McCarrick to give us a quick summary?

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 25, 2005 1:23 AM ET USA

    I notice that Time is breaking some "story" that could only be done with one of the motormouth Cardinals who doesn't like Pope B16 (gee, who could THAT be?) as the lead source. Let me see, American...had a bit of set too with him....think 2004....election...nah, it couldn't be, don't be so uncharitable. Charming. I think the snakes in the Cardinal's offices need to be stomped, rather than left in the petting zoo.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2005 8:42 AM ET USA

    While I'm as excited as anyone, I can't help be feel a little trepidation. John Paul was Pope Benedict's mentor and friend - and he did absolutely nothing to reel in the likes of Mahoney and McCarrick. I pray that I'm wrong (please Lord!) but I'll believe that Pope Benedict's going to be a strong hand when I see it.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 20, 2005 7:02 PM ET USA

    Pope Chittister was on TV last night, as were a number of other heret---uh, dissiden---no, that won;t do either, will it? A number of other purported Catholics eager to tell Benedict how to do it. As to Card. McCarrick, he was there today, saying what a splendid choice his old friend Ratzy was and that he would really be warm and cuddly, not God's Rottweiler at all. It wasn't at all hard to take, if you had plenty of Compazine at hand.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2005 4:10 PM ET USA

    It would be good to hear from Their Eminences Theodore and Roger; but Benedict XVI writes fast, and they probably still will be suffering from laryngitis when we see his first product. Perhaps Archbishop Flynn will be able to speak for them if he can tear himself away from Cardinal Arinze.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 20, 2005 3:48 PM ET USA

    Indeed, Diogenes, we will not rely on Cardinal McCarrick for any summaries... yet I fervently hope that we will see his eminence's conversion in humble obedience to the fullness of the Faith, with a little encouragement, shall we say, from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI... Thank You, God, for the great blessing, for the Church and the world, of such a great Holy Father as Pope Benedict XVI... Long live the Pope!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2005 12:56 PM ET USA

    What we need to see is each Bishop's score on the mandatory, comprehensive test that follows the issuance of the encyclical. Then we need to see the score of how each diocese complies with the encyclical. It sounds like the first encyclical will deal with authentic ecumemism; happy, roll over and play dead, content free luncheons aren't going to cut it.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2005 12:36 PM ET USA

    How good it would be if McC. and Mah. would enter some isolated monastery ! The Lord grant us this additional boon, in a time of such favor.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2005 10:50 AM ET USA

    I usually look at Andrew Sullivan as a leading indicator for the reaction of Liberal Catholics. Given that he's about to leave the gravitational pull of Planet Earth on his blog, I would say that the selection of Pope Benedict XVI was a bullseye by the Holy Spirit. Likewise, behind closed doors (anecdotally of course), dissident priests, theologians and others who fear the hook and the curtain call in the closing years of their purgatorial limbo, seem to be in a state of heady anger.

  • Posted by: michaelwilmes - Apr. 20, 2005 10:12 AM ET USA

    My apologies on the incorrect spelling...that would be Pope Joan Chittister. Equally intriguing for me will be the Benedictan nun's reaction to Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Posted by: michaelwilmes - Apr. 20, 2005 10:05 AM ET USA

    I'm eagerly awaiting the reaction of Sister (Pope Joan) Chidester .

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2005 9:59 AM ET USA

    Cardinal's McCarrick and Mahoney will likely become quite media shy. An interesting irony isn't it? Its as if they will have joined a Benedictine Monastery.