Archive: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008
To date, in Benedict’s papacy, how has the Catholic Church shown it is planning to go about preventing more abuse by priests?
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | April 18, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (147)
America will overhear the Pope and perhaps will hear some things very clearly. But as a pastor and leader, his words and actions need to be unashamedly for his own people.
By William Tully | April 18, 2008; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (1)
The Pope raised the cosmic questions. And offered his answers.
By Eboo Patel | April 18, 2008; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (25)
Any reporter who tries to fit the old news templates from John Paul II's visits over Benedict's trip is going to miss the point, and badly.
By Gustav Niebuhr | April 18, 2008; 5:31 AM ET | Comments (8)
Sally Quinn asked: "What can Pope Benedict XVI say and do to repair the growing rifts between the Vatican, the clergy and the laity in America?" My response: He could tell the Vatican to abandon efforts to confer sainthood on...
By Elie Wiesel | April 17, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (69)
He is not my spiritual leader, but I welcome the sacred gifts this Pope brings.
By Eboo Patel | April 17, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (61)
The current crises inside Catholicism are only the latest difficulties that began after Christ disappeared from view. In every age balancing the two worlds of God and man has been a deep mystery.
By Deepak Chopra | April 16, 2008; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (119)
Given the multi-religious and multi-ethnic nature of America, not only Catholics but also Jews, Protestants, Muslims, and members of other faiths and faith will be monitoring Benedict's comments on inter-religious relations.
By John Esposito | April 16, 2008; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (16)
The Rev. Gerald Fogarty decided not to go to the pope's mass in Washington because he's busy teaching that day at the University of Virginia. The Rev. John Dufell considered joining him at Yankee Stadium, but he's got a couple...
By Lisa Miller | April 15, 2008; 5:55 PM ET | Comments (14)
The problem is not the excellent scholar Joseph Ratzinger, or this good man in the papal role. The problem is the traditional autocratic papacy itself, of which he is the current embodiment.
By Willis E. Elliott | April 15, 2008; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (52)
Bill Kristol starts his recent New York Times editorial attacking Senator Obama’s faith by acknowledging that he doesn’t know much about the subject (Marx) about which he’s writing. Confession is good for the soul, Mr. Kristol, so you’ve started well,...
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | April 15, 2008; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (41)
The “Compassion Forum”, sponsored by Faith in Public Life and held at an evangelical college in Pennsylvania, did put an end to the idea that only Republicans have values. It also succeeded in drastically broadening the concept of morality to...
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | April 14, 2008; 8:21 PM ET | Comments (1)
I hope and believe that Pope Benedict will acknowledge and express contrition for the church’s moral failings regarding the sexual abuse tragedy in the American church.
By Chester Gillis | April 14, 2008; 5:46 PM ET | Comments (11)
The church needs to develop new ways of preaching and explaining the gospel in a way that is understandable and inspiring to people in the 21st Century. Simply repeating old formulas will not work.
By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. | April 14, 2008; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (19)