Thursday, April 21, 2005


For some strange reason, Blogger is acting up again. This is a new twist, however. I can't access NWW through Firefox anymore. I'm automatically redirected to the Blogger 'create a blog' page. Last night the 'new post' page was still available in Firefox, but today trying to access the 'new post' page gave me a really long error message:
java.lang.RuntimeException: can't load class from database at at at at [and on and on it goes]
The really odd thing is that I can still access the site and create posts in Explorer. I'm mystified. I added a post last night after the trouble began, just to be sure that IE wasn't simply showing me a cached page. Nope, the new post showed up. I briefly saw the same effect on Jay Jardine's site, but he looks to be OK now. anybody have any idea what's going on? I'm not really happy about working in IE. I miss my tabs! I'm prone to have oodles of them open at a time... Before I head out to the backyard again, I wanted to share a good story from the Times UK (they always have good stuff). I'll probably switch away from all the Papacy coverage I've been doing soon, so I'll get this one in while it's still currant. Why did the Cardinals thumb their noses at the chattering classes of the west? It's simple, really:
If you, as the papacy does, claim direct authority, through your 264 predecessors from the ministry of St Peter, who, the Gospels tell us was inaugurated into that ministry by the Son of God while he was present on earth, is it really possible to take anything other than a bit of a traditionalist view when it comes to doctrinal matters? Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting, at this sensitive moment, that God is a Tory. But the Church’s mission is to bear witness to the truth. The truth is not something that needs redefining each time a pope dies. And it’s not really evident that churches that have made the kind of accommodations with modernity that are urged on the Vatican have fared all that well. The Church of England is a mostly genial institution led, in Rowan Williams, by a good and holy man, but I don’t get the sense that the post hoc validation of modern social mores that the C of E has been practising for some time has led to a religious awakening among the British.
Finally, the author of the article is probably on to something when he makes a guess as to why Ratzinger chose the name 'Benedict' for his papal name:
The Cardinals think long and hard about the choice of a papal nomen. It is intended as a clear signal of their intent. Much attention has focused on the previous 15 popes called Benedict. But it is worth remembering that the first St Benedict was not a pope, but the founder of the monastic order that bears his name. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe. His principal legacy — the Benedictines — was critical in planting the roots of Christianity throughout Europe in the dark, post-Roman period of the 6th and subsequent centuries. Without Benedict, Europe may not have been the centre of Christianity in the Middle Ages that made it the birthplace of modern civilisation.
If this is correct it suggests another reason why Ratzinger may have been attractive to the Cardinals. They know they need to address Europe. I suspect this will be a long job, one that will take considerably longer than Ratzinger has. He will want to pass along what he has, and pass it along intact, to future generations of European Catholics. I'm thinking there may be a new emphasis on Catholic education and on vocations. Given his last job, cleaning up the schools might be a job Ratz is well suited for. He will also get little or no credit for it in the present. It's a job whose fruits lie in the future.

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