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(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI plans to visit Philadelphia in 2015, and while the trip may not happen at all -- Benedict would be 88 -- it nonetheless directly relates to a host of issues between the Vatican and the U.S. church that have dominated recent headlines. By David Gibson.

2 Comments

  1. In regard to the following statement:

    “The bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom,” which starts later in June and runs to July 4, consciously tries to link the Catholic faith with the American founding, and the prospect of a papal visit to Philadelphia drives the point home.”

    WhY would the bishops consciously try to link the Catholic faith with the founding of America? Am I missing something? The founding of America IS linked to the Catholic faith! I just don’t get why the bishops would want to (or think they need to) rehash the dark ages!

  2. “God willing” is right, and I’m taking bets that Benedict never sets foot in the City of brotherly love.” “Brotherly love…” Hmmm! Is that what it was when all those clerics were having sex with kids and young people?

    And no, Mannerbelle, you’re getting plenty, not missing a thing. Under Timothy Dolan, the current cardinal archbishop of New York, one would think that all the Founders of the Nation and Framers of the Constitution were Catholic and performed their work as missionaries. They forget that it was Archbishop John Ireland who started the parochial school system many years later, long, long after our public school systems, because he wanted to brain-wash young kids with faith ideas, not allow them to wait and study and learn and make their own mature choices as young adults at least. Baptism of infants is hocus-pocus. No good God is going to keep any person eternally separated just because a bathing ceremony was not performed on them. Baptize at maturity. Eliminate “Confirmation.” Confirmation was started much later, anyway–like most of the so-called Sacraments.