I was struck by an editorial in the Frankfurt (Germany) newspaper, which observed that the election of Cardinal Ratzinger to be the new pope was not a threat to Germany, a country that voted for the Reformation, even though Benedict XVI represents "the Counter-Reformation in person." First, I enjoyed the admission from a secular European source that Germany really had been, at least at a time long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, a Protestant country. Second, I was glad to see it offered in print the assertion that Benedict really is the Counter-Reformation in person.
Paul Zahl is dean and president of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (Ambridge, Pennsylvania).
Issue: "Shall We Still Protest" Sept./Oct. 2005 Vol. 14 No. 5 Page number(s): 19-20
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