The wit and wisdom (if any can be found) of Shane Bradley.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Pope

The Conclave of Cardinals has elected Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope, with Cardinal Ratzinger taking the name Benedict XVI.

A delirious crowd of about 100,000 cheered and waved wildly as Ratzinger, the 265th pontiff in the church's 2,000-year history, smiled and acknowledged the applause from the curtain-draped balcony of St Peter's Basilica.

His first words were met by a huge ovation.

"Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II the cardinals have elected me a simple and humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord," he said, paying tribute to his immediate predecessor.

"I console myself with the fact that the Lord knows how to work and act, even with insufficient tools, and above all I trust in your prayers, in the joy of the resurrected Lord, faithful in his permanent aid.

"Let's go forward, the Lord will help us, and Mary, his most holy Mother, is on our side."

Some people are not so happy. Confedrate Yankee has a round up of some of the posts from (Anything but)Democratic Underground. Disgraceful.