From James Lilek's Bleat
"The selection of (Cardinal) Ratzinger was initially heartening, simply because he made the right people apoplectic. (That's the money quote for me - classic Lilek. JB) Im still astonished that some can see a conservative elevated to the papacy and think: a man of tradition? As Pope? How could this be? As if there this was some golden moment that would usher in the age of married priests who shuttle between blessing third-trimester abortions and giving last rites to someone whos about to have the chemical pillow put over his face. At the risk of sounding sacreligious: its the Catholic Church, for Christs sake! Youre not going to get someone who wants to strip off all the Baroque ornamentation of St. Peters and replace them with IKEA wine racks, okay?"
JB here: Like other evangelicals I have some serious problems with the Catholic Church.
A) Though they might say otherwise, it certainly appears that they value "tradition" as a higher source of truth and polity than Scripture. As with the Reformed I stand! SOLA SCRIPTURA
B) Insisting that their pastor/priests be unmarried has caused tremendous, ongoing, problems. The unmarried male who does NOT have the true gift of celebacy is going to have significant issues. The problems of homosexuality in the priesthood that leads to so much of the pedophilia is a direct outgrowth of the church's refusal to allow mature, married men as priests.
C) Unlike the late Pope John Paul, I certainly cannot see Mary, the mother of Jesus as "co-redemptress." Mary, like all of us, was born with the mark of Adam upon her. She cannot forgive sins, she cannot intervene for sinners.
I have heard Catholics say, that it is wise to appeal to Mary to intervene with God because she has a mother's soft heart. But as John McArthur has said. To suggest that there is any being more loving and more compassionate than Father God is a blaspheme of God. Mary could never out love God the Father, nor God the Son nor God the Holy Spirit. She was but a woman though truly and uniquely blessed to bear into the world the Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, as I have said before, there was so much about Pope John Paul to admire. May that also be true of Cardinal Ratzinger. But is he now infallible? NO, he is not. He too suffers under the "mark of Adam."
May God impress upon Cardinal Ratzinger a passion for Scripture over all other structures and traditions through-out the rest of his life and may it be the prism that directs his decisions. JB