I am exceedingly grateful this day that we have our new Pope Benedict XVI, an evangelist for the academics among our doubting world, a wonderful intellectual with a remarkable dedication to Holy Scripture. While Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict was my favorite candidate for to follow Pope John Paul (and it now is clear tht he has been also the favored by many others). Pope Benedict brings to us immense leadership in these complex times by complex principles with complex and well reasoned character. No surprise that the media is straining to denegrate this great man.
Reading this article from today, noting the quotes that are non-enthusiastic about Pope Benedict as person, it is for the very reasons of these objections that Pope Benedict is the right choice for our time. The idea that a Pope should be named based upon regional preferences, cultural and racial preferences, or because the Church and Scripture should be modified to adopt “progressive” characteristics, accommodate increased “progressive” ideology, no, those are the false prospers, pretenses even. And exactly not the inspirations upon which our Pope — any Pope — should be chosen.
The mere fact that many among the media (FOX News has remained faithfully informative and I really appreciate their coverage of these past few weeks, and particularly when compared with the other sources) this evening are grasping for exaggerations and vile insinuations about a truly wonderful leader for the Catholic Church is, to my view, a good indication that Pope Benedict is the right man for the right reasons: to confront the confusion, to refresh reasons of faith, to ease a troubled subset of humanity out of their pain of misinformation.
Update: “Andrew Sullivan Is An Ass”