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The Pope Is Coming to America! Today!

Pope Benedict XVI arrives this afternoon for his first US visit. Nearly half a million faithful, including Stephen Colbert, have acquired tickets to his events in Washington, DC and New York City.

A recent poll found that 74 percent of American Catholics approve of their spiritual leader. But, it's not all fishes and loves. More than 6 out of 10 Catholics reported that the Church is out of touch with their views. About 75 percent of Catholics and non-Catholics disapprove of how the Church leadership handled the priest sexual abuse crisis. It is likely that the Pope, who while aboard his plane to the US said he was "deeply ashamed" of the scandal, will apologize to Americans this week.

And of course, this wouldn't be a truly American visit without some financial analysis. To see how much this visit is going to cost,

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The Archdiocese of Washington estimates it will spend $3 million on the three-day visit. Using some good old-fashion American entrepreneurial spirit, the Archdiocese established a foundation which has raised the $3 million from wealthy donors. In New York, the city and Yankee stadium are waving the cost of the mass venue and security. To make up the other cost to the New York Archdiocese, Pope memorabilia is being sold on websites like popevisit2008.

Since many American Catholics are concerned that the Church does not reflect their values, do you think the Pope should use this opportunity to remind Catholics of the importance of maintaining the Church's traditions? Or, should he work on making the Church more relative to modern life? How?

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j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
Yay! :cheer:
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Have fun nica! Let us know how it goes!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Yes! I def. want a full report! with pictures of the popemobile!!
nicachica nicachica 8 years
sorry, HyPno.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
sorry, HyPno.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
omg, maybe this is a sign...i just got a ticket to see the Pope speak at Catholic U. tomorrow!!!! i'll be sure to file a report ladies (and Hyno). :)
nicachica nicachica 8 years
omg, maybe this is a sign...i just got a ticket to see the Pope speak at Catholic U. tomorrow!!!! i'll be sure to file a report ladies (and Hyno). :)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
I disagree with what the church says on homosexuality and contraception especially in light of HIV, God doesn't want you to put your life at risk does he? But at the same time it's really hard to pick and choose what you want to get out of the religion. You want priests to get married and nuns to serve as priests which means that we must allow gay marriage and allow gays to serve as priests let's see how well that idea goes down with the so called liberals, or those who disagree with the church. A good example is the Episcopal or Anglican church they have female bishops but the idea that a homosexual should lead them in prayer, God forbid because all those adulterers and fornicators don't want to risk coming into contact with a homosexual, it rubs off you know. As far as I'm concerned I may not agree with some rules but that won't stop me from loving my religion and enjoying it period nor will I turn my back on my faith. It's like your parents you don't like their rules but you love them none the less.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Noooo lets enjoy this! :hug:
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Noooo lets enjoy this! :hug:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Shall I stir the pot cabaker27?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
This has been one of the most relaxing days on this site... no arguments, nothing! We all got along!!I can't stand it!!jk! :)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
This has been one of the most relaxing days on this site... no arguments, nothing! We all got along!! I can't stand it!! jk! :)
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Yeah there are no twig and berries under my skirt. I am all girl!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Yeah there are no twig and berries under my skirt. I am all girl!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Hey 3M! What is that suppose to mean? :yaar:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Sorry cine I referred to you as a he earlier.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
She?! Let me check under that skirt cine.
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
Hypno, don't go filling cine's head with ideas that she is "good." :)
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I try! :)
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I try! :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
You're what I call a good Christian cine.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
sigh...can you tell that i have some unsorted issues with Catholicism? i really love it so much of the time but other times...well, it's not pretty. i'm still working through internal issues with it but i know i'll never "hate it" per say.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
(on a random note...) the Pope is totally snarling traffic in D.C. today. i don't know who his scheduler is but they totally effed up his arrival. he's driving through town now (RUSH HOUR!)...this is simply not a way to get some DC love. i drove in this morning and i'm dreading my commute home. i heard the metro was packed but hey, at least you can buy a one day "Mass Pass" for his mass tomorrow at the Nationals stadium. my mom managed to snag a ticket since she teaches catechism classes at our church. anyway, i know i'm rambling but my afternoon coffee buzz just kicked in. i'm like you Crabaker (GASP!)...i don't always attend church like i used to (i even taught catechism last year!) but i know i'll find my way back there. i just have a lot of issues with Catholicism and i don't feel right going there when i have so many problems with it. I don't want to be a "Cafeteria Catholic" but i also don't want to be hypocritical and act like i'm praying when i don't agree with so many of the things the church advocates (pro-life, handling of pedophilia scandal, etc). anyway, like i said, i'm sure i'll find my way back. or find something else that satisfies my love of social justice and community-building.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
(on a random note...)the Pope is totally snarling traffic in D.C. today. i don't know who his scheduler is but they totally effed up his arrival. he's driving through town now (RUSH HOUR!)...this is simply not a way to get some DC love. i drove in this morning and i'm dreading my commute home. i heard the metro was packed but hey, at least you can buy a one day "Mass Pass" for his mass tomorrow at the Nationals stadium. my mom managed to snag a ticket since she teaches catechism classes at our church.anyway, i know i'm rambling but my afternoon coffee buzz just kicked in. i'm like you Crabaker (GASP!)...i don't always attend church like i used to (i even taught catechism last year!) but i know i'll find my way back there. i just have a lot of issues with Catholicism and i don't feel right going there when i have so many problems with it. I don't want to be a "Cafeteria Catholic" but i also don't want to be hypocritical and act like i'm praying when i don't agree with so many of the things the church advocates (pro-life, handling of pedophilia scandal, etc). anyway, like i said, i'm sure i'll find my way back. or find something else that satisfies my love of social justice and community-building.
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