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Monday, April 03, 2006

First Year Report Card For Benedict XVI

(Scroll below for 4 fully updated blogposts, and stay tuned for one more, Monday evening)



Piety: 10 out of 10
Charisma: 6 out of 10
Linguistic Ability: 8 out of 10
"On Message": 9 out of 10
Surprise Factor: 10 out of 10
Media Savviness: 7 out of 10
Likeability: 8 out of 10
Travelling: 5 out of 10
Cardinal Elevations: 9 out of 10

PLUS

Dictatorship of Relativism References: None, but he's working on it.

AND

Bedevilling the news media by making their "Panzer Cardinal" moniker absolute nonsense: PRICELESS.

6 Comments:

  • You left out "ending appeasement of Islam"...

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Apr 03, 04:56:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Well actually the Church has changed from a policy of extermination of Islam to one of Ignore Islam. Due in large part to the failure of the Crusades.............

    By Anonymous MrWhipple, at Mon Apr 03, 08:30:00 pm GMT-4  

  • You left out "ending appeasement of Islam"...

    Hey JSU!! I missed you, in every sense of the word. :)

    As to your statement, I also would like to add this:

    Re-establishing contacts with the Eastern Orthodox Churches, albeit that would've been a given, since it was the latter, who were against JPII by virtue of his being Slavic.

    Still, BXVI's rapprochement with the various Metropolitans is a welcome advance for an united Christian front in Europe.

    As time goes on, you see that though there may not be a chillingly drawn-out careful plan afoot by this Pope, the pieces of European unity in the face of a greater "inside" threat, are coming together.

    This is surely his intended legacy, not only for himself, but for all of us.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 04, 12:44:00 am GMT-4  

  • Well actually the Church has changed from a policy of extermination of Islam to one of Ignore Islam. Due in large part to the failure of the Crusades.............

    Thank you for your reply, Mr. Whipple.

    It's hard to know just how to reply to your statement.

    I'm guessing you are not rebutting my point, but JSU's.

    Your broad statement is rather unwieldy.

    At the time you mention, from the 12th century to roughly the 13th, all religions believed in their inherent "supremacy".

    Although the Crusades were launched to take back the Holy City from Muslim hands, I think it would be silly of me to quibble and say their goal wasn't to "exterminate" Muslims -- when obviously, a battle which results in deaths of Islamic combatants, is a form of extermination.

    As to ignore Islam, I've no idea what to make of that either, since one can hardly ignore what one doesn't have access to.

    In the intervening 8 centuries since the Crusades, our Christian leadership do not put to death those who wish to convert outside the faith.

    Nor do we deny anyone the right to enter the Vatican, if they are not Catholic/Christian.

    I think you'll find that's a very different proposition, as we have seen recently in Afghanistan, and as a death penalty awaits any Christian (in fact, non-Muslim) should they enter Mecca.

    Finally, please don't squeeze the Prince Charming.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 04, 12:55:00 am GMT-4  

  • Thanks for the comment, and I absolutely loved the closing of this..."Priceless."

    Great stuff!God bless!

    Tom Reagan

    By Blogger Tom Reagan, at Tue Apr 04, 10:54:00 am GMT-4  

  • Hey JSU!! I missed you, in every sense of the word. :)

    Ha! It's not like you haven't known where to find me...

    By Blogger JSU, at Wed Apr 05, 12:34:00 am GMT-4  

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