pope benedict xvi: he doesn’t play

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; habemus Papam; Eminentissium ac Reverendissium Dominum, Dominum Josephum Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger Qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedictum XVI
The Vatican Information Service released the first bulletin since the Habemus Papam. Tonight, the Holy Father will be residing at Domus Sanctae Marthae, the “hotel” all the cardinals are currently residing at due to the conclave and will celebrate his first “public” Mass in the morning.
I say “public” as with many people; I assume it will not have cameras and the faithful will not be admitted.
At 9 a.m. Rome time, he will lead the Cardinals in the Eucharistic celebration in the Sistine Chapel. The reason I say he doesn’t play: He is giving the homily in Latin.

On a personal note, I was interviewed by a local television station regarding the Holy Father. I was asked is Pope Benedict XVI too conservative? Below is my response:
It is true that the Holy Father is known as being extremely conservative and a hardliner. We must keep in mind, however, that he was the prefect for the Congregation of Doctrine of the Faith for some time now. In that role, he was entrusted with keeping our faith pure and not allow it to become watered-down. That is a position that required a firm and hard stance. Pope John Paul II was never expected to be confrontational with Communism and look what he did once he was elected as Pope.
The reporter’s follow-up? “So is it too early to judge him?”
Without a doubt. As Pope Benedict XVI, he gave us a 30-second speech and a blessing. We can’t judge him as Pope after two hours after his election.





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