What might we expect to hear from Pope Benedict during his visit to the United States in the Spring? One thing to look for is
In terms of the pope's own agenda, I expect variations on what has become a key theme of his papacy: "affirmative orthodoxy." By that, I mean a tenacious defense of the core elements of classic Catholic doctrine, presented in a relentlessly positive key.Mr. John L. Allen Jr. wrote that in his weekly column, Eight Questions American Catholics Are Asking. He gives some examples of "affirmative orthodoxy" in rehearsing Question 8. The other 7 are, as usual, insightful and enriching.
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