Sunday, January 02, 2005

Meanwhile, in the Middle Ages...

Cardinal Ratzinger (of the misogynistic fame) has appeared as a major candidate for future Popedom:

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the chief architect of Pope John Paul II's traditionalist moral policy, has long been a bugaboo for liberal Catholics. But they had stopped worrying that the German might one day ascend to St. Peter's throne. His hard-line views and blunt approach had earned him the epithet of panzerkardinal and too many enemies. Well, their worrying may now resume. Sources in Rome tell TIME that Ratzinger has re-emerged as the top papal candidate within the Vatican hierarchy, joining other front runners such as Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan and Claudio Hummes of Sao Paolo. "The Ratzinger solution is definitely on," said a well-placed Vatican insider.

It was Ratzinger who wrote the recent Vatican letter on the position of women (beneath that of the men and naturally so). He's not fond of feminism and all things modern. If the current Pope is the greatest mind of the fourteenth century, Cardinal Ratzinger may very well be one of the brightest plugs in the twelfth century.

I don't think that he is worthy of the dress he wears.