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Praying For A Listening Pope

Jon O'Brien

18 April 2008

Catholics, progressives and conservatives alike are celebrating the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Washington, D.C., and New York. We are all waving flags of welcome; we see the pope's visit as a celebration, not just of the man who is leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics, but also a celebration of our faith.

The visit comes at a critical time for the Catholic church in the U.S. We are still living through the tragic aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal. The mismanagement and subsequent cover up rocked any trust that Catholics had in the hierarchy.

This article originally appeared in the 18 April 2008 edition of Forbes.