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Benedictions: The Pope in America

Benedictions: The Pope in America

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Catholic Survey tweak

posted by David Gibson

Several readers, including the sharp-eyed Thomas Peters and his posse over at American Papist, noticed that one of the questions in our survey–the one on possible roles for women–did not allow for an alternative to the role of “priest” (“priestess”?) […]

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The Great Vatican Smokeout?

posted by David Gibson

Interest groups are cranking up campaigns to take advantage of the publicity attending Benedict’s visit, and among them is one of the more novel approaches I’ve seen: According to a CNS story, Physicians and Nurses Against Tobacco, a U.S.-based group, […]

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Battle of the Stars, Catholic style

posted by David Gibson

For those of you who may not know already, if you really want to start a knock down, drag out, mud-slinging dust-up among Catholics, start a debate about LITURGY. Nothing draws attention or raises hackles as quickly, and nothing is […]

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Pope Carves Out A Quieter, More Deliberate Style

posted by aroan

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — For more than two decades, Pope Benedict XVI served as one of the closest and most influential subordinates to his predecessor, John Paul II, a relationship built on common priorities, […]

Driving Pope Benedict

posted by David Gibson

As CNS reports, the Popemobile is on its way! I can’t wait till the Magliozzi brothers on “Car Talk” get hold of this one. Popes have almost always used Mercedes (though you’d think the Bavarian Benedict might like a BMW, […]

Apologia pro Blog Sua–an Introduction

posted by David Gibson

Actually, that may be “suo.” Is “blog” masculine? I trust this blog is. Perhaps Reggie Foster, the pope’s inimitable Latinist, can help out here. I don’t have enough Latin to know. And it’s not because I am a convert to […]

U.S. Trip Introduces Unknown Church To An Unknown Pope

posted by aroan

By David Gibson Religion News Service Central to the anticipation surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to the United States is a widespread curiosity among U.S. Catholics about a pontiff whom they mostly know only through headlines and video clips. […]

Pope, At U.N., To Address Issues That Cross Boundaries

posted by aroan

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will become the third leader of the Catholic Church to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, following Pope Paul VI in 1965, and Pope […]

Oops, he does it again…

posted by David Gibson

Yet another papal paradox: The Pope who was expected to create such a stir among Catholics after his election has instead found his greatest controversies centering on his relations with Islam. First he met–in secret, until the word leaked out–with […]

Build-a-Bear, honor the Pope?

posted by David Gibson

So the popular Build-a-Bear company is getting in on the papal memorabilia craze, having won rights to market, yes, an official Benedict “Christ Our Hope” teddy bear t-shirt. Here’s the catch: The company is only selling the t-shirt in its […]

Pope on “Deck”?

posted by David Gibson

Don’t let all the talk (much of it mine) of a Gregorian chant-loving, Latin Mass-celebrating, professor-pope turning the April 15-20 visit into a five-day Vespers service. It’s impossible to quell the Jamboree atmosphere surrounding any pope’s visit to America, and […]

Poll: Pope Unknown to Most Americans

posted by aroan

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans hold a favorable opinion of Pope Benedict XVI, but the vast majority confess they don’t know much about the pontiff, according to a new poll. Just weeks before Benedict’s first […]

Contraception Ban Colors U.S.-Vatican Ties

posted by aroan

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service Asked about her church’s ban on artificial birth control, Emily Kunkel inhales deeply and pauses. “It’s hard because the church has had this stance for so many years, there’s so much tradition behind it,” […]

Technology Aids Students In Race To Build Papal Altar

posted by aroan

By Brittani Hamm Religion News Service WASHINGTON — With only two months to design and construct the altar that will be used for the giant outdoor papal Mass next month, two first-year grad students at Catholic University have relied on […]

Schedule For Pope Benedict XVI’s U.S. Trip

posted by aroan

By Tom Feeney Religion News Service This the official schedule for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Washington and New York April 15-20: TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 4 P.M. Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. Greeting by President Bush and Mrs. Bush. […]

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posted 10:54:05am May. 19, 2008 | read full post »

An olive branch to divorced-and-remarried Catholics?
An item in the current edition of The Tablet of London hints at a possible opening for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion--even though many do, obviously, their ban from the altar under church law remains one of the sorest ...

posted 6:00:00am May. 17, 2008 | read full post »

The key to Benedict...
It is summed up in a response recounted by Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit and author who posts (and edits) at America magazine's blog. Father Martin has a post on "Three Unreported Papal Stories" from last month's visit. The third is the ...

posted 5:12:35pm May. 16, 2008 | read full post »

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