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During my recent trip to Munich, I was surprised at how little Pope Benedict’s photos adorned windows in Munich’s commercial thoroughfares a month after the selection. Indeed, the only place where such photos were evident was in a travel agent’s showcase which sought customers to visit Rome. I saw the name Neumayr more often than Benedict XVI. Granted, some may consider Munich “the California” of Bavaria, but the new pope was the archbishop of the city. To most Germans, I suspect, the new pope is a product of his Vatican experience, which may be very much his major qualification as Pontifex Maximus.p>The Church needs a pope who will restore order to the centrifugal forces at work in unraveling Church history and tradition. One can only hope — and pray — that Benedict XVI will take the required steps to bring this about. Will it happen? Both Mr. McCaffrey and I would agree with the rabbinical saying that, “after the destruction of the Second Temple, the gift of prophecy was bestowed only on fools.” br> — Vincent Chiarello br> Reston, Virginia /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?