Benedict XVI née Ratzinger (far right) and two other Cardinals
Lil’ Jon and the East Side Boyz. Obviously a better posse.
Alas, there was no green smoke from the chimney and Lil’ Jon was not elected Pope. Comparing posses I would still vote for the King of Crunk over the Bulldog of the Vatican, but congrats to Benedict. Ratzinger has an active fanclub blog, which is cool. It’s down now under heavy traffic. Almost cool as the Ayatollah Sistani’s website with its advice on butt-sex and other doctrinal matters. Benedict is a hard-line conservative, so expect no movement on contraception, stem-cells, etc. Benedict has issues with the “dictatorship of relativism” and stands for a fundamental approach to Catholicism. I generally prefer the Lil’ Jon policy of “Shake it, Don’t break it, It took your momma 9 months to make it”. To quote the Times,
Based on Cardinal Ratzinger’s record and pronouncements, his agenda seems clear. Inside the church, he would like to impose more doctrinal discipline, reining in priests who experiment with liturgy or seminaries that permit a broad interpretation of doctrine. Outside, he would like the church to assert itself more forcefully against the trend he sees as most threatening: globalization leading eventually to global secularization.
Fully his business, and the business of the 1.1 billion Catholics. I wish them well. As Lil’ Jon would say, Aaaah? What? What? OK? What? Yeah!