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April 19, 2005

Things that will take some getting used to

Filed under: Church life — Camassia @ 1:50 pm

1) Having a pope who isn’t named John Paul. For those of us under a certain age that’s just the Pope’s name, know what I mean?

2) The fact that Ratzinger turned into Benedict. I don’t know what the name Benedict means to Catholics, but it somehow just conveys something totally different to me than the name Ratzinger. It’s almost as if The Rock renamed himself Boopsie.

By the way, even though I am obviously a heavy user of modern information technology, I love the fact that the Vatican communicates this stuff with smoke signals. Sure, there was some confusion over what color the smoke actually was, but is it any worse than your server crashing for no apparent reason?

6 Comments

  1. Heh. I totally sympathize. This is a major change on the world stage for anyone in our generation.

    Comment by Dave Rattigan — April 20, 2005 @ 2:18 am

  2. I knew the day would come when the Pope and the Rock came together as one.

    Comment by James — April 20, 2005 @ 2:58 am

  3. Well, it’s harder to pronounce (and spell) Wojtyla than Ratzinger.

    From reading elsewhere, B16 chose his name partly from Pius X’s successor, as a note that he won’t be like Hitler’s Pope, though I’m not sure what the name itself specifically signifies.

    Comment by Indigo — April 20, 2005 @ 7:42 am

  4. This was reported in another blog, about a conversation the new Pope had with Cardinal Mahony of L.A. I don’t think it was a slam against Pius X, but a tribute to Bendict XV.

    His first reason was that his namesake, Pope Benedict XV, reigned from 1914 to 1922 during World War I. “It was the worst scourge of war ever known on the face of the earth” at the time, Mahony said.

    “So he said we still need to be working at peacemaking, reconciliation and harmony around the world,” Mahony said.

    The second reason offered by Ratzinger was that St. Benedict, who founded the Benedictine Order, said that “Jesus Christ is first and foremost. Everything else is secondary. [Ratzinger] said those are the reasons [he] chose the name.”

    Comment by Jennifer — April 20, 2005 @ 8:26 am

  5. By the way, I cracked up when I read your #2. Hilarious!

    Comment by Jennifer — April 20, 2005 @ 8:27 am

  6. Hitler was not yet even an Austrian corporal during the papacy of Pope St. Pius X.

    Of course, maybe it is unfair to expect anyone ignorant enough of the historical record to refer to Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope” to understand that WWII occurred after WWI.

    Comment by Franklin Jennins — April 21, 2005 @ 6:25 pm

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