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Religion's Summer of Discontent

Date: 05/03/2010

Word on the street is that the bomb placed in Times Square, near the headquarters of Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, may be in response to a South Park episode that portrayed the prophet Muhammad in a bear costume. If true, and some fanatical Muslims believe that people ought to die because of a couple of jokes on a TV show, then it's another nail in the coffin of the public's res ...

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Hanging out with the pope

Date: 04/29/2010

If you haven't seen it yet, drop by my Beliefnet blog neighbor Rabbi Shumley and read his account of meeting Pope Benedict: Gary introduced me to the Pope warmly with my formal titles. I gave the Pope a special gift we had gotten for him. It was a beautiful dual-time Phillip Stein watch. The Pope lit up when he saw it and said, "Look, it has two faces on it," which, as it happened, was the p ...

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My Meeting with Pope Benedict

Date: 04/28/2010

I had my meeting with the Pope today at his Wednesday audience. Let me first give you an idea of the setting. There were approximately fifteen thousand people from all over the world gathered in St. Peter's Square speaking an untold number of languages. The sun shone very brightly. The day was perfect. The Pope arrived in his pope-mobile to great excitement and fanfare. His vehicle was open ...

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When a Pope Needs Friends By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Date: 04/26/2010

Since the public announcement of my upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict this Wednesday at the Vatican, courtesy of my friend Gary Krupp, many of my close Jewish friends have expressed not approval but disappointment. 'They blamed the pedophile priest scandal on Jews and compared the attacks on the Church to anti-Semitism. How could you, Shmuley?' 'The Pope was in the Hitler Youth and he wan ...

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  • The Pope and Other Religions

  • Full text of 'Dominus Iesus,' a Vatican statement on religious relativism and non-Catholic churches promulgated in 2000 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
  • Q&A: Why is 'Dominus Iesus' controversial?

  • Reactions to 'Dominus Iesus' from the Beliefnet archives:
  • The Voice of Rigor Mortis By John Shelby Spong
  • Not All Is Relative By Tom Bethell
  • Religious Relativism Isn't the Problem By Sister Joan Chittister
  • The Dogma Catholics Deserve By Jack Miles
  • 1964 Sermon on Salvation Outside the Church
  • Archive: Reactions to His Selection

  • Conservatives Rejoice, Liberals Worry By Deborah Caldwell
  • Not a 'Panzer Pope' After All By Fr. Andrew Greeley
  • An Old Classmate Recalls the Pope Interview with controversial German theologian Uta Ranke-Heinemann
  • A Gentle, Pious Man Contrary to media stereotypes, Benedict XVI is no Grand Inquisitor. By David Scott
  • How He Was Chosen Paul Wilkes reconstructs what may have happened inside the conclave.
  • Pope Benedict XVI, Child of Abraham The new pope will continue crucial outreach to the Jewish people. By Rabbi David Rosen
  • Will He Open the Door to Islam? By Akbar Ahmed
  • The Pope's Life in Pictures

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