State of Shock

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 01, 2005

An eminent Jesuit theologian confesses that he was stunned by the election:

But the Rev. Patrick Howell, dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, said he was shocked.

"I think most American Catholics were shocked by the selection of Cardinal Ratzinger because he's been known as the guardian for tradition and orthodoxy," the priest said.

"What were they thinking?" Howell wondered about the cardinals. "I don't have an answer."

Shocked. Tradition. Shocked. Pope. Orthodoxy. Shocked. Don't have an answer. Guardian of. Shocked, shocked. Cardinals. Tradition and orthodoxy. Shocked. Supreme Pontiff. Shocked. Shocked. Shocked. What were they thinking? Shocked. Don't have an answer. Can't find an answer. Shocked.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 04, 2005 11:57 PM ET USA

    Fr. Howell doesn't have an answer because he's not with the mind & heart of the Church. He & other Catholics who i.d. themselves as "american" catholics are not happy because the cafeteria is closed. Conversely, Roman Catholics have the Joy of the Lord with the announcement of the election of his Eminence, Cardinal Ratzinger, as our Holy Father -- what a great Joy, with praise & thanksgiving to God, for He has given us Pope Benedict XVI. n.b.: No chasuble for priest pictured in article?

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - May. 02, 2005 6:25 PM ET USA

    Maybe Rev. Howell can really shock us by Rev. Howell resigning! and joining another religion that agrees with his liberal thinking.

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2005 1:17 PM ET USA

    W and Benedict don't even belong in the same sentence. Benedict, a great intellect, a champion of tradition, humble, courageous. W is none of those. Don't insert stupid American politicians into matters of the church.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2005 4:45 PM ET USA

    Just finished viewing Jesuit website, but could find no reference to our Lord Jesus, or to the Church's mission to make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Hmmmmm?

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2005 2:17 PM ET USA

    The people loved it. The elites hated it. Sound familiar? Just like the reaction to the election of W. Come to think of it, why haven't we been treated to stories on the low IQs of the college of Cardinals. Is the Vatican Jesusland? Hey, maybe it is.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2005 9:25 AM ET USA

    And Ratzinger had so little pastoral experience!! How could the College have elected such a small-minded curial bureaucrat? One who has "hurt" the GLBT (more initials coming soon) "community"? It should indeed shock Patrick Howell, S.J., to learn that a better theologian, priest and man, now called Benedict XVI, cares little about Howell's thought du jour, or for the scattered impressions of the female "retired hospital chaplain" for whom Benedict's election was black, black, black as magic

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2005 8:15 AM ET USA

    Notice the photo of Fr. Lantry celebrating Mass? Look at the vessel holding the precious blood . . . hmmmm.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2005 7:42 AM ET USA

    The good Rev Patrick in between his howls (couldn't resist - sorry) missed inserting an expletive into his Dr. Phil line. Most odd. The word is **ll and its almost like he has some kind of aversion to the word. Shocked rhymes with Defrocked.