Even an infrequent reader of this blog probably knows that I hold the Roman Catholic Church and the current Pope in less than high regard. Hence, I am not friendly to the idea of the Nazi Pope visiting the USA with his agenda of taking the Church back to the 15th Century, not to mention his anti-gay crusade and probable attempt to influence voters in next year's elections. Unless and until Benedict XVI does a complete house cleaning of the hierarchy that covered up the massive sex abuse scandal - which I suspect would mean he needs to resign himself - he has no business pontificating to anyone on anything. He is basically a santimonious fraud in my book. [NOTE: New York Cardinal Egan cited in the full article is himself one of the bishops that actively worked under Boston's Cardinal Law to suppress the truth about the sexual abuse of children and allowed sexual predator priests to be reassigned to unsuspecting parishes] Here are highlights from the New York Times coverage (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/12/pope-to-visit-ground-zero-and-celebrate-mass-at-yankee-stadium/index.html?hp):Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit to the United States as pontiff over six days in April, and he plans to visit ground zero, address the United Nations and celebrate Masses at National Stadium in Washington and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Yankee Stadium in New York, officials at the Vatican and the Archdiocese of New York announced today.
The pope will be in Washington from April 15 to 17 and in New York from April 18 to 20. He is to attend a reception at the White House on April 16 and celebrate Mass at the new National Stadium in Washington on April 17. On April 18, he is to address the United Nations and participate in an Ecumenical Service at a New York parish. On April 19, he will celebrate a morning Mass with priests, deacons and members of religious orders at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, . . .As City Room reported in July, this will Pope Benedict’s first visit to New York since he was elected in 2005, but not his first visit to New York City. In January 1988, when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany and the Roman Catholic Church’s top theologian, he attended a theological conference in Manhattan. During that visit, several rabbis refused to attend a meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger because he had maintained that Judaism finds its fulfillment in Christianity. Gay demonstrators, angered by the cleric’s contention that homosexuality is a “moral disorder,” heckled him.