Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pope's Address to the Bishops

Below are links to various sizes of the complete video from the Pope's address to 350 bishops of the United states 18k, 100k, 300k, 500k. There is also a complete (as far as I know) transcript of the afore-mentioned event, which can be found here. Below is a favorite quote of mine found glancing through the document (We were not able to watch all of it)
Perhaps America's brand of secularism poses a particular problem: it allows for professing belief in God, and respects the public role of religion and the Churches, but at the same time it can subtly reduce religious belief to a lowest common denominator. Faith becomes a passive acceptance that certain things "out there" are true, but without practical relevance for everyday life. The result is a growing separation of faith from life: living "as if God did not exist".
Well, as I said before, we were not able to watch all of it, but only about a half hour at the end. That half hour was enough for us to see our archbishop on TV and to watch all of the bishops sing happy birthday to the Pope as he left!

And from the EWTN website:

Pope Benedict XVI offers Mass at the new Nationals Park in Washington D.C.Thursday, April 17, 9:30 AM Eastern
Encore April 17, 1PM; April 18, 12AM.

More tomorrow,

Ria and Gus (cross-posted from the Love2learn Blog)

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