The first 90 days

The first 90 days

Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister looks at Pope Benedict’s first 90 days and how his papacy is shaping up, especially in contrast to Pope John Paul’s.

For one thing, he is less likely to leave matters of ordinary governance to his subordinates, like JP2 did with Navarro-Valls and Dziwisz. While he does have a certain group of people who work with him, they are much less influential than JP2’s inner circle, especially at the end of his life.

It’s not surprising that the media and liberals have not softened toward Benedict, but that the average Catholic has really been won over by his gentle smile, his soft voice (thanks to his sibiliant Bavarian accent), his sense of humor, and his joie de vivre.

Meanwhile, the same liberals who used to pray for the death of JP2 are now praying for the death of B16:

In another interview with “la Repubblica,” Alberigo recalled that in 1953, at his home in Bologna, a “pious and rather famous” Benedictine monk who was staying with him as his guest invited him and his wife to pray for the death of Pius XII

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    Why do we listen to Democrats on economic matters anymore?

    Of course, the spin from the DNC will be that things would be so much better if only we’d listened to them. (Sure they would have.) Or that while some are doing well in the booming economy some people are being left behind. (There’s always someone who isn’t doing well in every economic cycle.) Same old doom and gloom

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    • Don’t put too much stock in the CPI figures: they represent housing costs as rents—which have been soft—not home-buying prices, which have been rising.