FROM Richard McBrien
The Catholic Church, the Next Generation On this Christmas Eve, we take another look at the evolution of the Roman Catholic Church , an ancient institution in a fast moving world. Los Angeles, America's largest Catholic Archdiocese, is now 70 percent Latino and will soon will be led, for the first time, by a bishop born in Mexico. To replace outgoing Archbishop Cardinal Roger Mahony, a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock, Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez , who's associated with the conservative group Opus Dei . Both facts are telling about the Church in America and the views of the Vatican. In Europe, there's talk of a "post Christian era," and two-thirds of the world's one billion Roman Catholics live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. How long will church teachings remain the same? (This segment was originally broadcast on April 12, 2010)
The Future of the Catholic Church LA's Cardinal Roger Mahoney is a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock. To replace him, Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez , an immigrant from Mexico, who's also associated with the conservative group Opus Dei . Both facts are telling about the Church in America and the views of the Vatican.
The Roman Catholic Future, in the US and Around the World Pedophilia by priests is not the only recent development for an ancient institution trying to cope with fast-moving contemporary realities. America's largest Catholic archdiocese, Los Angeles, is now 70% Latino. It soon will be led -- for the first time -- by a bishop born in Mexico. Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez , an immigrant from Mexico, who's also associated with the conservative group Opus Dei , to replace outgoing Archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock. In Europe, there's talk of a "post-Christian era,” and two-thirds of the world's one billion Roman Catholics live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We look at the conflict between tradition and change.
The Pope: Religion and Politics in the Middle East As Pope Benedict XVI continues his " pilgrimage " to the Middle East, different groups are pursuing different agendas. They include the Vatican, the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority -- not to mention local Catholic clergy, the chief Rabbinate and Islamic leaders.
The Papal Visit: Religion and Politics in the Middle East Pope Benedict the XVI threaded his way through the Middle East today as he continued his “ pilgrimage ” in Israel. He met the Palestinians' senior cleric, the Grand Mufti, at the Dome of the Rock, then left a prayer in a niche in the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites. Rabbis and politicians have criticized his speeches, and the Vatican denied that he'd ever belonged to Hitler Youth — contradicting the Pope himself. Will his visit help reinvigorate the peace process? Will it be a boon for the diminishing number of Christians who still live in the Holy Land?
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