More blecch from Reuters

More blecch from Reuters

Reuters’ international coverage is no better than their US coverage of Pope Benedict XVI. Look at this headline: “Arch-Conservative German Ratzinger Elected Pope.” What is that first adjective doing in there? What makes him arch-conservative? Isn’t that an arbitrary judgment? Is it anything more than a pejorative? The opening sentences is hysterical in its political correctness: “Arch-conservative German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope on Tuesday in a surprise choice that delighted traditionalist Roman Catholics but stunned moderates hoping for a more liberal papacy.” Notice that “traditionalists” are “arch-conservative,” but those want a “liberal” pope are “moderate.” In what way is that “moderate”? Why don’t they just say that “liberals” wanted a “liberal” pope? Ah, because being a liberal is a bad thing, while being a moderate is good. Everything in moderation, says the old cliche.

Many Vatican experts … had predicted he would have to yield to a more conciliatory compromise figure during the conclave, although John Paul had appointed all but two of the cardinal electors and one of those two was Ratzinger himself.

Yield? They make it seem as if he were the one in control. It was the whole college that was voting, not Ratzinger manipulating them. But then that myth gives them comfort that perhaps the college of cardinals was fooled, just like Democrats want to pretend that George W. Bush didn’t really get support from a majority of Americans, but that their voters were tricked into not voting or were “disenfranchised.”

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Domenico Bettinelli
  • Funny how you never hear the term “arch-conservative” applied to other religious leaders- like the Dali Lama- who share similar views to JP II and Benedict XVI.

  • Oh pay no attention. WE knew this would be their reaction. Its music to my ears. You should hear the Canadianist femmies and commies moaning on the CBC. Every time Joanna Manning gets featured whining about this being the end of all things, I take another pull on my Bavarian beer and yell “VIVA PAPA!!”

  • Joanna Manning.  Haven’t heard that name since my teaching days in Toronto.  I’m sure a lot of grey liberal Canadian hair is being pulled today. This is why the choice for Benedict XVI is so stunning and comforting.  The Joanna Mannings and the Ted Schmidts of the Church (and their acolytes) are really going to have to ask themselves how much of the Catholic Church they can take.

    I wouldn’t rejoice in a schism, but if we haven’t already been witnessing a de facto schism already, I don’t know what to call it.  The upside is, Pope Benedict XVI’s very election is beginning to prompt a long overdue debate over what being a Catholic is, and is not.  Notice already how you can tell what kind of Catholic you’re talking to by the way they received the news?

    Sometimes it’s those extra ecclesiam who give the stronger support.  I work in Los Angeles, and yesterday I went to the local Latino market to get some German beer.  I off-handedly told the clerk I was celebrating the great German Pope with some great German beer.  Suddenly the other patrons in the line-up—Greeks, Armenians, Mexicans—came up to me to offer congratulations.  “Sounds like a good man,” “A strong Pope for you Catholics,” “I’ve heard he’s a real leader,” etc etc.  I was speechless to hear such bonhomie from strangers, most of whom were not Catholic.

    This Pope will be divisive in a strikingly similar way that Jesus was divisive.