Readers responded to our stories on the new Pontiff with celebration— as well as disillusionment. Conservative Catholics rejoiced; progressives lamented that a reformist papacy would have to wait

TIME's cover stories on the election of Pope Benedict XVI and about his religious philosophy were excellent [May 2]. I believe he was chosen by the Holy Spirit. It's fine to talk of worldly politics, but in the end, the Pope, Christ's vicar on earth, is elected simply because it is the will of God. I have absolutely no doubt that Benedict is the right man for the...

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