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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About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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