|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
APRIL 21, 2005
|CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020
David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
The New Pope: The Silencer?
WASHINGTON -- April 21 --
LEONARD SWIDLER, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://global-dialogue.org, http://astro.temple.edu/~dialogue/Swidler/swidvit.html Professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue at Temple University, Swidler said today: "I have known Ratzinger since 1964 when I published an article of his promoting ecumenical dialogue in the first issue of the new scholarly journal my wife Arlene and I launched, the Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Unfortunately he is not so ecumenically minded anymore."
FARID ESACK, email@example.com, http://uk.geocities.com/faridesack, http://www.zmag.org/muslimwatch/muslimwatch.cfm Esack, a well-known Muslim theologian, is university professor and chair in ethics, religion and society at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has placed a black sheet on his office door with "Benedict XVI" written
MARY JO McCONAHAY, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://alternet.org/story/21814 Mary Jo McConahay, Latin American editor for Pacific News Service, wrote the recent article "The Silencer." She said today: "One key to Benedict's papacy may be found far from the elegant St. Peter's Square and far from after-mass coffees in U.S. church halls, in the villages and rough urban misery belts of Latin America, the globe's most Catholic region, where Ratzinger made one of his hallmark stands as a Vatican force. There in the 1980s, he powerfully confronted the fast-moving tide of liberation theology, an intellectual and popular movement that linked Catholic theology and political activism in everyday issues of social justice and human rights. Officially, Ratzinger reversed the tide, forbidding certain Catholic theologians to publish in what was called a 'silencing.'"
FREDERICK CLARKSON, email@example.com, http://www.frederickclarkson.com, http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v15n1/State_of_Christian_Rt-13.html