Sunday, June 12, 2005

Pope Benedict – Not Many Soundbites

by Steve Ray on June 12, 2005

Not many sound bites: New pope's discourses defy simplistic headlines

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Pope Benedict XVI has once again weighed in on pro-life and family issues in a way that offers clues to the style and substance of his still-young papacy. To judge by media reports, the pope's talk June 6 to the Diocese of Rome was no less than a declaration of war against gay marriage, abortion and birth control. Newspapers plucked out phrases like "anarchic" and "pseudo-marriages" for some zinger headlines. But that's one of the problems with Pope Benedict: Often, his well-reasoned discourses don't break down easily into sound bites and headlines. As one veteran wire service reporter recently lamented in the Vatican press office, the new pope is hard to write about because short citations don't do justice to his complex arguments. You can't just cherry-pick quotes. That was especially true when the pope spoke about the family to a packed Basilica of St. John Lateran. His 3,000-word speech was a seminar, not a tirade.“

You gotta love this guy!

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God must be Pretty Smart

by Steve Ray on June 12, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amid the heat and intermittent thunderstorms it was a great day to reflect on the beauty of families. With all our four kids and grandkids it was fun to watch what God has created. When he made the family he sure knew what he was doing. God must be pretty smart. All that is left for us to do is cooperate with his grace, obey him the best we can by his grace, and thank him for what he has done. Thanks God!

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