The world reacts to Pope Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, archbishop of Westminster, England: "When he was head of the Doctrine of the Faith, he had a particular task to do.... Now that he is pope, it is an entirely different concept altogether. Now he is Peter for the whole church." (The New York Times, April 21, 2005)
Dr. Rowan Williams, Anglican archbishop of Canterbury: "I look forward to meeting [Pope Benedict] and working together to build on the legacy of his predecessor." (Church of England Newspaper, April 21, 2005)
Father Hans Kung, Swiss theologian: "The Petrine ministry in the Catholic Church today is such a challenge that it can change any person. One who enters the conclave as a conservative cardinal can emerge from it as a progressive pope.... The name Benedict leaves open the possibility that he will chart a moderate course." (Associated Press, April 19, 2005)
Rev. John H. Thomas, United Church of Christ general minister: "I acknowledge that I personally greet Cardinal Ratzinger's selection with profound disappointment. [His] long tenure in the Vatican has been marked by a theological tone that is rigid, conservative, and confrontational." (United Church News, April 19, 2005)
Linda Pieczynski, national spokesperson for the church reform group Call to Action: "Pope Benedict XVI is not just the leader of those who agree with him; to be the leader of all of us, a pope must bring all voices to the table, for that is precisely where the Spirit can be most effective. We believe that he must respect and welcome all Catholics, no matter their agendas, and exhibit the marks of a true servant leader." (press release, April 19, 2005)
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: "Orthodox Catholics have cause for great celebration. Those who are not delighted need to do some real soul searching." (press release, April 19, 2005)