Pope Benedict's Visit-Two views

Pope Benedict XVI is finished visiting Washington DC and what an interesting visit it has been. His speeches have all been absolutely on the mark and will no doubt be debated by Catholics for many days to come. Some of my favorite excerpts are below:

"How might Christian educators respond? These harmful developments point to the particular urgency of what we might call "intellectual charity". This aspect of charity calls the educator to recognize that the profound responsibility to lead the young to truth is nothing less than an act of love. Indeed, the dignity of education lies in fostering the true perfection and happiness of those to be educated. In practice "intellectual charity" upholds the essential unity of knowledge against the fragmentation which ensues when reason is detached from the pursuit of truth."
Address of Pope Benedict XVI to Catholic Educators of the United States
Thursday 17 April 2008, Catholic University

"Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel."
Address to the Bishops of the United States
Wednesday 16 April 2008

So clearly the man once know as the "Panzer Cardinal" {I really love that nickname by the way, no namby-pampy priest here} continues to speak softly and carry a big crosier!

Of course, if you waste your time reading the legacy media, ABCNBCCBSUPIMSNBCCNN, all you would think the Pope is doing is apologizing for the priest abuse scandal.

Pope prays with victims of clergy sex abuse scandal

Pope meets with victims of clergy sex abuse

Sad to say, that's all they want to concentrate on, similar to casualties in Iraq. Of course if they had to listen to or read his speech, they would no doubt miss the subtleties since they probably know little about modern Catholicism or Christian life.
So, thank goodness for EWTN so we can get the raw data and decide for ourselves what the Pope is trying to tell us as American Catholics {actually we're Roman Catholics living in America}