This has been God's decision, so I shouldn't question it. Although, I have questioned a lot of things Catholics have done over the years. It has been done in the past, but selecting a man that is at the age of 78?
He was most often mentioned as a "transitional" pope who could have a short reign.
Pope John Paul II died at 84. Ratzinger probably already has one foot in the grave. I am going out on a limb and predict that we will be going through this procedure in less that four years. I am going against the full six.
On April 8 (Good Friday), Ratzinger wrote a series of reflections at John Paul II's request. He denounced what he called "filth" in the Church, including in the priesthood.
Lets hope and pray, in the short time he will be pope, that he will clean up the Catholic church. We need to start holding these priest accountable, not "a slap on the wrist, don't do that again, you are now in charge of another church" routine. We can't allow them to go some where else and ravage another church and children. May be with that other foot, he can kick out priest that give the church and all religion a bad name.
Secularism: In 2004 he said "We are in a very grave moment; radical secularism may destroy humanism."
"I would have preferred somebody who was more open-minded," Belzelle, a Belgian Catholic, told FOXNews.com.
Sorry lady, he has already came out against you.
In that homily, he listed other threats to the church: ideologies such as Marxism, liberalism, atheism and agnosticism, collectivism, and what he called "radical individualism" and "vague religious mysticism."