Wednesday, April 20, 2005

GOP objection delays final vote on Cardinal Ratzinger

In a strike against neocon extremisim:

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's nomination to be Pope careened off track yesterday after a last-minute objection by a Republican on the Senate Papal Relations Committee helped Democrats delay a final vote. "I've heard enough today that I don't feel comfortable voting for Cardinal Ratzinger," Cardinal George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican, told stunned fellow Republicans after about an hour of Democratic accusations against Cardinal Ratzinger.

The Village Voice adds its authority:

"Hardline Catholics lost their man Tuesday, when the Senate Papal Relations Committe failed to vote Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as the 265th pope. . . . Ratzinger is generally considered to have been a driving force behind several of the Catholic Church's strictest and most social divisive moves in recent years. In particular, he has held the line on homosexuality, women's ordination, and the vein of progressive thinking known as liberation theology. Going into the secret conclave, many observers wondered whether the cardinals would seek a kind of compromise figure, and now that seeems likely. We're betting on Cardinal Jimmy Carter."