Monday, April 25, 2005

Yes, I admit to indulging in a bit of...

Ratzenfreude, the expression of joy about others' dismay at the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

He's German without being eurotrash, he's conservative without being atavistic, he's brilliant without being arcane, he's maligned by the world (like any good Christian should be), and he's successor of Peter, the vicar of Christ -- all in all, a true and living successor of John Paul II and our Lord.

All of this leaves me, a man of simple pleasures, feeling better than gloomy.

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