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Pope Benedict XVI stuns the world. What's next for the Roman Catholic Church? Why is James Dobson so pessimistic, and who killed Spiderman?

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  1. dj_spellchecka

    “The Forward catches the man who killed Spiderman.”

    not to go all geek on you, but there’s more than one spider-man…the one the bendis killed off existed in the ultimate universe [don't ask.....]

    • dj_spellchecka

      and if that’s not confusing enough, daniel……writer dan slott [also jewish] appeared to have killed off the “regular universe” peter parker in issue 700 with doctor octopus taking over spider-man’s body [don't ask...]

      spoiler alert:
      peter’s still alive

      ps
      there’s been a debate over peter’s religion…on the one hand he grew up in the very jewish forest hills queens neighborhood [he was both nerd and nebbish in his early years] while on the other hand his ancestry is irish, his aunt was identified as protestant and he’s been shown praying to god [his marriage took place at city hall and was officiated by a judge...so no clue there]…stan lee was, of course, famously jewish while spider-man’s co-creator, steve ditko, was an objectivist.

      geeky!

  2. The resignation of Pope B16 sets a good precedent. In the future popes can be pressured to resign for various reasons. The nonsense that the pope cannot resign because the Holy spirit won’t allow it is put to rest.

    Why do i have this nagging feeling that some hidden scandal is forcing this resignation? I do not really believe this – at least rationally I don’t, but the church has become so untrustworthy in its secrecy that I just get this suspicion.

  3. Re: Survey, Mary is exactly right. As to Pope BenedictXVI I wish him well and hope that he can enjoy a few years of retirement. However, the other person here who said that he did not go far enough in the sex abuse sscandelS is right as well. I wish he would have taken a more firm and decisive tone in dealing with the offenders. Though it may not come from the Vatican there are still far too many stories about those in charge protecting the offenders.

  4. Oh, as to Dobson’s cynicismI think a lot of that cynicism is just another way of saying to the massess ‘By my book.” Nothing more, nothing less.

  5. Daniel Burke

    Daniel Burke

    Article author

    Thanks, Mary and Kevan, if you click on the graphic to the right of the roundup with the iPod mini, that should work. Thanks for your patience.

    • Daniel, I don’t have an IPOD mini. I’m blind and lucky to be able to have thhe accessible softwar and computer that I have. However, after I left this a.m.’s comment I went back tonight and tried to complete the survey and got to the second page upon which, when I clikcked on the “Next” button I was booted off the RNS site completely. Hopefully, it took what I had completed and if not, if you will send me an email with the questions I will be more than happy to complete the survey in full. But, I will tell you this, I very much enjoy the RNS site and the various writers and blogs!-Kevan

  6. Roman Catholic women priests believe that the resignation of Pope Benedict XIV is a positive sign that there is hope for renewal in the Catholic Church. Hope that the Church will truly become more inclusive, universal and diverse. Hope that it will truly become open and affirming of all Catholics, not just those espousing a particular kind of orthodoxy.

    Women in the Church have had a difficult time during the reigns of Benedict XIV and John Paul II. Both popes excommunicated women ordained as priests and the male priests who support us, without due process. In addition, the two popes instituted policies mandating that anyone wishing to work in a Catholic institution must promise that, among other things, they do not/will not support the ordination of women. In fact, Catholics in good standing have been directed not to even speak about women’s ordination. Furthermore, Pope Benedict equated women’s ordination to the sexual abuse of little children in its degree of sinfulness. In effect, Catholics throughout the world have been told to “form” their consciences to include the hierarchical oppression of one half of the church.

    In contrast, Roman Catholic women priests have been prophetically leading the way toward renewing the church. Our worshipping communities flourish because Catholic people have said enough is enough; they are ready for change. They want to see women priests and women in leadership roles in the church. They can no longer make sense of a Vatican hierarchy that has treated our religious sisters—the nuns—disrespectfully, has excommunicated or sanctioned our religious prophets, sanctioned many renowned theologians, and has continually covered up sex abuse scandals. Many people can no longer accept the antiquated dictates of a male hierarchy, that reflects the ancient patriarchy of Rome, and continues today in many parts of the world, regarding the ways modern women and men should live their lives. The people are ready for change.

    It is our hope and prayer that the upcoming conclave of cardinals will exercise wisdom in choosing the next pope who will lead by listening to the sensus fidelium. A conclave and its pope that ignore the pastoral needs of women will, once again, slam the door in the face of all faithful women who conscientiously serve the church. The consequences for the church would be disastrous. May they be acutely aware of the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the voices of the faithful.

    Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) is an international movement within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Women Priests-USA is to prepare, ordain in Apostolic Succession, and support women, primarily, who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.

    • The Roman Catholic Church claims that it is directly guided by the Holy Spirit in its doctrines. Despite the facts of history it claims that a celibate male priesthood only is the doctrinal dictate of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps the Holy Spirit does not agree. Perhaps in fact the Holy Spirit wants the catholic Church to disappear and thus is encouraging it to stick stubbornly – and blindly, of course – to its insistence on a male only priesthood which means fewer and fewer priests and no reason for many Catholics to stay Catholic.

  7. I’m confused, and not Catholic. Could someone explain to me Patricia’s comments and if the Roman Catholic church accept’s, or not, women as priests? I always thought that the R. C. church was the more conservative wing of thhe church. Am I wrong?

  8. Kevan,
    RCWP (Roman Catholic Womenpriests) is an international movement within the Catholic church that ordains women (and some men) to the priesthood. The movement began in 2002 when seven women were ordained by a male bishop in Europe. Today, there are approximately 150 members. The Vatican does not accept their ordinations, and, in fact, excommunicates them. Nevertheless, they and their communities are growing and flourishing. You might want to check out their website: romancatholicwomenpriests.org

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