Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Amy Welborn: "Ratzenfreude!"

Ratzenfreude, says Amy Welborn (New York Times April 15, 2008):

There’s a certain irony about Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States, and it’s this: the fact that from the 1980s right up to the day of his election a not-inconsiderable chunk of those who ran this Church he’s visiting wouldn’t have put him on their Friend’s List for anything. In fact, as someone remarked, it was the era in which “Ratzinger” functioned as something close to a swear word, the punching bag for frustrated progressive church professionals everywhere. ...