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VATICAN CITY â€” Pope Benedict XVI's decision to elevate an American archbishop to a job as chief defender of church doctrine could give the U.S. church more influence in Rome.
The appointment of San Francisco Archbishop William Levada also puts a conservative clergyman with a record of pragmatic approaches to problems in the Roman Catholic Church's most influential job. The new pope also put Pope John Paul II on the fast track to possible sainthood.
With his appointment last week as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Levada, 68, will have risen higher in the Vatican than any other American clergyperson....
Of course, Arthur, this will mean that we can teach the Truth to Rome! ;-) Considering that the Truth doesn't seen to be interpreted that way by several Catholics on this forum, I don't see much hope for doing that. :-( However, we are Lloyd supposed to be prepared, and with -- only -- God's decision will the seeds we plant will sprout.
I heard his fellow was a hard-liner on Catholic theology, and probably soft-liner on pedophile priests. Catholics who know about child molesting in their church should go to the police first, and let the police talk to the leadership.
I don't spend much energy on RCC-watching, but assume "ever the same" is the rule; i.e., that the RCC changes only superficially & will not abandon its basic principles, whether or not they sanction priest wives, priestesses, or glossalalia in the Mass.
Paisley probably knows better than any other Prot., but I haven't see much on this yet at EIPS. He reads all their papers.
Neil, that is a good question. What Christians consider a pragmatist and what Catholics considered to be one, will be two different things. ;-) I suppose this Archbishop has a track record? Do the homosexuals in San Francisco like him?