Andrew Sullivan is outraged, depressed and disappointed. We have a new Pope and the Catholic Church seems unlikely to embrace the gay lifestyle any time soon. In fact, the Church seems certain to remain an island of sanity in a world gone mad. If Sullivan, a reliable bellwether of deranged opinion, is depressed the conclave must indeed have been truly guided by the Holy Spirit.
God bless Pope Benedict and help him bear the burdens of his new ministry. At 77 he has earned the peace of a quiet retirement, perhaps with some light teaching duty. Instead he has just become one of the world's most public people. For a shy and scholarly man, the papacy is more a life sentence than the ultimate ecclesiastical prize.
Christians of every stripe should remember Pope Benedict in their prayers. Americans should pray that he uses his new authority to clean house in the American Church. During the last papacy he was partly responsible for the woefully inadequate response to the pederasty scandals that damaged the Church here so badly. Let's pray that in his new role he will be more active about scrubbing away some of the "filth."
In so many ways, the man has his work cut out for him.