New Pope

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The cardinals chose a new pope.

Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church elected Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany Tuesday as the new pope to succeed John Paul II, reaching an early agreement on the second day of voting. He took the name of Benedict XVI.

What I liked about this article was a quote from Pope Benedict:

An adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelty.

Very cool. I wonder how long until our faith is an adult faith.

16 thoughts on “New Pope

  1. Considering the Catholic church is nearly two thousand years old and other religions are thousands of years old, I don’t think our 175-year-old church can be considered an adult yet.

  2. Our church isn’t older than 175 years. It is much different than what existed at the meridian of time or in more simpler forms previous to that.

    Alison, that’s not a good analogy since all persons (adults and children) are young bodies with very old spirits. ;)

  3. gee Mary.. you are actually saying you are mature out loud in public??? Ok you know I just have to tell Dad about that don’t you? hehehe.. and as for the comment about being an adult faith does that mean we have to start acting like adults now?

  4. Men since the time of Adam have been exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, being baptized by immersion for the remission of sins, and receiving the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Thousands of years ago men were ordained to the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods. It looks to me like an old faith, not a young one.

  5. Prove it.
    What you just said is the party line of the church – the best sounding answer.

    Incredible claims (such as your post) require incredible evidence.

    Until further proof arrives, I’m going with the 175 year-old church theory.

  6. Rick, my remarks are addressed to those who believe in the veracity of the scriptures I’m referring to—not to those who don’t believe in God. Obviously, I don’t expect such a person to accept the scriptural evidence I give as to how old the faith is. What I’m saying is that if you do believe in the content of the scriptures, then you probably ought to view our faith as being very old.

    As for those who believe all scripture is just a pack of lies, I’m not sure why they even take interest in the topic.

  7. At the same time, ltbugaf, Rick has a point. The church as it exists today has never existed before at any other time in history. It may be Jesus’ church, but that does not mean his church at other times was the same as it is now.

  8. Not exactly the same, no. But of course, the Roman Catholic Church is quite different now from the Catholic Church in, say the year 1300, or the year 1000. In fact, it’s rather different from the Catholic Church of 175 years ago. So how much continuity are you looking for? What I was pointing out were continuities from ancient times, that can be found in the scriptures.

  9. True, but all those versions of the Catholic church are linked to each other directly.

    None of the other churches set up by Jesus are linked in the same way. Organisationally, they are all different churches.

  10. Actually, I tend to agree with the Articles of Faith, and believe that organizationally, our Church is quite similar to the Church of Christ in the Meridian of Time.

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