December 23, 2010.
cables from the US State Department that were published by wikileaks
continue to be dissected, one cable shows the US's take on the
election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
cable from the US Embassy to the Holy See, the report defines
Ratzinger as a powerful and conservative cardinal who they consider
will “stay the course” that was laid out by his predecessor Pope
John Paul II.
says “there will be no liberalization of Catholic policy on
abortion, contraception, priestly celibacy, and female priests.”
cable reveals the reactions of aides close to Ratzinger before and
immediately after his election. One aide was quoted as saying he was
“speechless” at the news of Ratzinger's election to the papacy.
State Department notes Ratzinger may consider himself a transitional
figure by choosing the name of Benedict because the previous Pope
Benedict XV's papacy last only eight years, from 1914-1922.
by choosing the name Benedict, who was the patron saint of Europe, it
reveals Ratzinger's likely emphasis on the Church in Europe.
made headlines in 2004 by expressing doubts about Turkey's possible
EU membership and an unsuccessful push for a mention of Europe's
Christian roots in the EU constitution.
cable ends by commenting the US embassy believes Ratzinger was “the
closest possible theological continuity they could find in a new
They also recommend that the US “reach out to him early
on to help shape his approach” with his influence on the world.