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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,


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 9 years
Yay! :cheer:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Have fun nica! Let us know how it goes!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Yes! I def. want a full report! with pictures of the popemobile!!
nicachica nicachica 9 years
sorry, HyPno.
nicachica nicachica 9 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 9 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 9 years
Noooo lets enjoy this! :hug:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Shall I stir the pot cabaker27?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 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 9 years
Yeah there are no twig and berries under my skirt. I am all girl!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Hey 3M! What is that suppose to mean? :yaar:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Sorry cine I referred to you as a he earlier.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
She?! Let me check under that skirt cine.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Hypno, don't go filling cine's head with ideas that she is "good." :)
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I try! :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
You're what I call a good Christian cine.
nicachica nicachica 9 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 9 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.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
On a side note, I have never discussed my religion as much as I have on this site. I feel like Catholics are the topic of the year around these parts!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
"I looked out across the some three thousand people and realized that I was surrounded by Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims all together under one message and that is love." I have seen the same thing with the charity my church does. They help all in need, no matter what religion or lack there of. I never felt (not that you were implying this) that the message was to only love other Catholics, but to love each other, to help each other, and you know, all that other good stuff ;) We pray for all, not just Christians. I have had such a positive experience with Catholicism, so I see it as we are the same, under one message and that is to Love and serve the Lord and each other. Which happens to be the last thing the priests says after every mass (besides Amen of course) I am truly happy that you found a place that you feel connected to, because in my opinion, it is so important to feel part of a community! Sorry for the ramble again.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well certainly as you said it's your choice. I never suggested you shouldn't have the choice. If cine_lover is happy that let cine do what makes him happy and close to God as long as you're not impeding on others freedoms. Personally I am from a Christian background but on a personal level I found that the message transcends any religion and that I do not need a religion giving me it's strict defined perspective to see and live the word of God. My mother was a devout Catholic but she never made me go to church she said it had to be my choice. I stopped going to church all together for ten years and then one day in the Spring of 1998 my lover at the time took me to his church. Agape International Spiritual center. I looked out across the some three thousand people and realized that I was surrounded by Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims all together under one message and that is love. I siad hot damn I've found my place.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
As a convert to Catholicism, the difference between Catholics and other faith walks, is that in Catholicism it's a community that works together, prays together, comes together, it's "God and us" and for others it's "God and me." Where we have Tradition and the Magisterium to inform us so that we're all "on the same page" of the Scriptures, where as others have "private interpretation" of Scriptures so that there are as many "interpretations" as there are members of other faith-walks. I'm watching live television on even as I type.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
"You don't need a religion to spread the word of God." You don't, but some need religion more then others. I don't NEED to go to church, that is my choice. My faith and religion has helped me a great deal in life. I see religion as a tool, and as such it has helped build communities and offered a lot of good in the world, but in the wrong hands it can also cause destruction. "I believe God created spirituality period not religion." I am assuming you are not Catholic, or of Christian faith, but I believe that I am following the rules set in place by God. There is really no place else to go from here because it is a fundamental difference between the two of us. And we won't know who is right until we die, it is all opinion. I believe interpretation is human, and religion is interpreting what God has given us, in this case the Bible, therefor it is both Divine and human.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I kind of want a Buddy Christ of my own. :) And yes cabaker I forgot to add in my last post that you are not annoying. (And, that picture you have up makes me want in, right now!! :))
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Yes we definitely could go on forever. I believe God created spirituality period not religion. I also believe that religion was designed more for control of humanity by it's own than by an allegiance to God. I do believe that God set forth a message to humanity but this message has been blurred by religion. You don't need a religion to spread the word of God.
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