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May 2005 - Rationally Speaking - Habemus Papa!

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May 2005 - Rationally Speaking - Habemus Papa!

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The following is the May 2005 Rationally Speaking article ready for discussion! N. 61, May 2005Habemus Papa!Or, rather, they (the roughly one billion Catholics of this planet) now have a new Pope, former German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now known as Benedict XVI. As a former Catholic (sort of) and an Italian who grew up not far from the Vatican, I followed the American media frenzy over the death of John Paul II with much interest, although the whole coverage by CNN and company struck me as rather odd. It is true that Catholics still make up a large fraction of Americans (and they vote based on some
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