Pontificating

April 17, 2008

Reactions to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States:

"It's as plain as day that three years into his papacy, Benedict has done literally nothing to protect the vulnerable or heal the wounded."

DAVID CLOHESSY, national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

"He will not be afraid to confront the challenges that confront us all. [But] his message will be one that is very positive and encouraging, that focuses on the future. The goal will be to lift up hope for American Catholics."

THE REV. DAVID M. O'CONNELL, president of Catholic University of America

"We cannot welcome this pope until he begins to do away with the church's continuing violence of sexism."

SISTER DONNA QUINN, coordinator of the National Coalition of American Nuns

"The pope will tell Americans to recapture their own best values. People will hear those messages and then look at the candidates."

MONSIGNOR FRANCIS KELLY, Pontifical North American College in Rome

"We are now facing many challenges these days. We need really strong spiritual support from the pope."

BAN KI MOON, U.N. secretary-general

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