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Posted on 05/22/2006 7:47:31 AM PDT by The Ghost of JG
Pope Benedict XVI is one of the most prepared popes in the last two or three centuries, but hes not sexy, says veteran author and journalist John Allen in an interview in a Spanish newspaper.
Culturally he (Benedict) is very prepared to be pope, perhaps the best so in the last two or three centuries. But from the journalistic point of view hes not very sexy, said Allen, according to the Spanish El Pais newspaper. Without a doubt, John Paul II is the most sexy of the modern popes. Whatever he said, it ended up on the front pages of the newspapers. Benedict XVI isnt as charismatic.
The interview was written on the occasion of Allen being in Madrid last Wednesday for the inauguration of his book on Opus Dei in Spanish, Opus Dei: An objective look behind the myths and the reality of the most controversial force in the Catholic Church.
Not surprisingly, the majority of the interview dealt with questions relating to Opus Dei, which according to Allen shouldnt necessarily be qualified as a conservative group. Inside the Church there are forces (organizations) that are much more right-wing, such as the traditionalists...
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I don't know much about Opus Dei but the little I've learned is very interesting. Frankly I don't see what the big deal is with them. They appear to be practicing a lot of self sacrifice and living for God.
That would qualify them as extremists and subversives to the atheist left.
The left would classify them as extremists if they did everything out in public view and they think they're subversives because they practice their beliefs privately.
Pretty typical of liberal thinking. They disapprove no matter what others do.
This frustrates th holy pie outta the media.
Kudos for der PanzerPapst!
I'm disgusted. John Allen, if you're reading this, go get an Unabridged Dictionary and learn some vocabulary.
The last thing the Catholic Church, or the world, needs is a "sexy" Pope. It's like imagining my father or John Wayne as "sexy." BLEAH!
Consider the source. NCR is very pro-homosexual (I don't mean that in a bad way)
What the liberals are afraid of is that Opus Dei will because what the Jesuits used to be: an arm of the papacy. But the Jebbies have gone their own way since Teilhard.
No kidding! I avoid NCR like the plague. It's much better to replace reading John Allen with reading St. John the Apostle or St. John Chrysostom.
Now those gents could really put words together!
Maybe it's cause I'm older than you and have seen more earlier John Wayne movies, but I can imagine him as sexy...
The pope though, I see like I saw my favorite professors when I was in college. I had several I truly respected, perhaps revered. I was often genuinely amused by them. I truly liked several of them, and enjoyed basking myself at the warmth of their knowledge and wisdom. Kindly souls interested in reaching out and sharing what they had to teach. And loving it.
And that is how I see our Panzer Papa. Soundbytes would not do him justice.
Cool. The Jebbies created the black legend. The intrigue grows.
Kindly souls interested in reaching out and sharing what they had to teach. And loving it.
Professor Dumbledore! (j/k)
Seriously, you're right. Pope Benedict is a real teacher, and the Church needs that. People have such short attention spans!
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