WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, POPE BENEDICT XVI

Pope Benedict XVI’s papal Visit to the United States of America is the subject of this Big B File.
     POPE BENEDICT XVI arrived in the United States of America Tuesday Afternoon near Washington, D.C.   The pope was greeted at Andrews Air Force Base by President George W. Bush, Laura Bush and their daughter Jenna Bush.  this was the only time the president has met a foreign dignitary at the air force base ever.  as the Catholic news agency put it..

 Pope Benedict touches down in the United States
     
Washington DC, Apr 15, 2008 / 03:52 pm (CNA).- Shepherd One landed right on time this afternoon, bringing Pope Benedict XVI to the United States for the first time. President Bush, Laura Bush and their daughter Jenna paid Pope Benedict the honor of meeting him at the airport—the first time Bush has done so for a head of state. 
     
The Pontiff was greeted by an honor guard of military servicemen and a crowd of 5,000 military family members. 
     
After waving to the crowd, the Pope was transported via motorcade to the house of the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. Normally, President Bush takes Marine One to the Andrews Air Force Base, but due to the scale of the preparations for tomorrow’s record crowd of 12,000 people at the White House using the helicopter became impossible.  Pope Benedict will reside at the Apostolic Nunciature while in Washington and will make his first public remarks on Wednesday morning at the White House at 10:30 EST.

      Pope Benedict XVI did address the Priest Sex Abuse Scandal that the Ancient Media has been bashing the Roman Catholic Church over ther head since the late 1990s (courtesy Catholic News Agency [CNA]).
     “It is a great suffering for the Church in the United States and for the Church in general and for me personally that this could happen,” Benedict said. “It is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betray in this way their mission … to these children.
     
I am deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible so this cannot happen again in the future,” the pope said.
     
Benedict XVI also said he was determined to prevent pedophiles from becoming priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
     
“We will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry,” Benedict said in English. “It is more important to have good priests than many priests. We will do everything possible to heal this wound.” Pedophilia is “absolutely incompatible” with the priesthood,” Benedict said.

– Pope promises to “do everything possible” to heal scandal of sex abuse
Aboard the papal plane, Apr 15, 2008 –
Catholic News Agency [CNA]

 

 http://www.olacathedral.org/cathedral/about/cardinal1.html I do not know how much more assertive he could be in his statements to satisfy the far left (if they can ever be satisfied) short of removal from office people like Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony of Los Angeles, CA and other church leaders who either refuse to follow or dragging their feet in implementing the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  Numerous people had, essence, written Pope Benedict XVI’s obituary before he had served even one day as pope and had written him off as a “transitional pope” . . . including on the Big B Zone radio program I did from 2004-2007 on the Odyssey and judging from how viabrant and physically fit the Pope is, I believe and would not be surprised that he becomes the first Centurian (100 year old+) pope in Church history!

 

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