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Some papal priorities.

Vatican City Vatican City (văt`ĭkən), independent state (2005 est. pop. 900), 108.7 acres (44 hectares), within the city of Rome, Italy, and the residence of the pope, who is its absolute ruler.  -- In a seminar in September 2007, Pope Benedict For other uses, see Benedict.
Benedict is the regnal name of the current Roman pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI (2005–present) and has been the name of fourteen other popes (and three antipopes):
  • Pope Benedict I (575–579)
 was said, by papal watchers, to have "picked his battle," a reference to the issues that he would concentrate on during his pontificate. First, he announced a broader use of the Latin Mass-the Tridentine rite--which some view as a backward step from Vatican II Noun 1. Vatican II - the Vatican Council in 1962-1965 that abandoned the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledged ecumenism and made other reforms
Second Vatican Council

Vatican Council - each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church
. And secondly, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) (Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei), previously known as the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, is the oldest of the nine congregations of the Roman Curia. , he announced that Protestant churches This is a list of Protestant churches by denomination. Anglican/Episcopal Church
Anglican Communion

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Anglican Diocese of Auckland
= Archdeaconry of Waimate
= Parish of Kaitaia
 do not have the fullness of the faith; this angered some Protestant communities.

Thomas Reese, SJ, former editor of the Jesuit magazine America, who was sacked from his job under pressure from the Vatican for supporting dissident teachings, says that Benedict is an insensitive German who forgets that he is no longer a university professor who can badger students to accept what he teaches.

On the other hand, Fr. Richard Neuhaus, editor of First Things, believes that theologians have to "think with the Church" and not undermine its teachings. And when someone steps too far away from Catholic teaching, he should no longer be called a "Catholic theologian." Neuhaus, who works closely with Evangelical Protestants says that especially on the issues of gay marriage and abortion, but even on broader issues, Evangelicals think with the Pope and were not insulted by the Vatican's remarks on Protestant churches. He said that "secularism sec·u·lar·ism  
1. Religious skepticism or indifference.

2. The view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.
 is often anti-religious and anti-Christian, and it is right for Pope Benedict to fight a system of thinking that wants to exclude religion from public debate (National Post, 29 Sept. 2007).

With respect to relativism, an offshoot of secularism, Pope Benedict sees it as the evil in the world which all must battle, for it does not recognize Absolute Truth, but maintains that truth is what the individual thinks it is.
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Title Annotation:Vatican
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXVA
Date:Jun 1, 2008
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