Pope Benedict XVI a Strict Enforcer of Church Doctrine NPR's Eric Weiner reports from Vatican City, where former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was chosen Tuesday to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Benedict XVI. As a cardinal, Ratzinger was a close confidant of the late Pope John Paul II and a fierce enforcer of the church's conservative doctrine on social issues like abortion, homosexuality and female clergy.
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Pope Benedict XVI a Strict Enforcer of Church Doctrine

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Pope Benedict XVI a Strict Enforcer of Church Doctrine

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NPR's Eric Weiner reports from Vatican City, where former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was chosen Tuesday to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Benedict XVI. As a cardinal, Ratzinger was a close confidant of the late Pope John Paul II and a fierce enforcer of the church's conservative doctrine on social issues like abortion, homosexuality and female clergy.