"There are different issues in different parts of the world. In this part of the world it's pretty obvious we have the pedophile crisis that still has to be worked through, and more largely there's the issue of leadership of the church, and how our parishes and church agencies are going to be staffed if the current vocational trends continue."
Dean Harry Attridge, "For next pontiff, daunting challenges await," Boston Globe, April 3, 2005
“In global church the top priority is to ‘make the Catholic tradition vital and credible in the world of the 21th century. But making that happen is going to take different forms in different parts of the world.'”
Dean Harry Attridge, “Next pope will face global challenges,” Houston Chronicle, April 6, 2005
“If government is the means of implementing a religious agenda, that raises obvious First Amendment issues. But beyond that, it's divisive because the basic purpose of our government is, and I think always has been, to try to hold together a very diverse country. And if government presents itself as being the arm of a religious group, it's very divisive for a country.”
Former Sen. John Danforth, B.D. '63, National Public Radio, Weekend All Things Considered, April 3, 2005
“Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians. The elements of this transformation have included advocacy of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, opposition to stem cell research involving both frozen embryos and human cells in petri dishes, and the extraordinary effort to keep Terri Schiavo hooked up to a feeding tube.”
Former Sen. John Danforth, B.D. '63, “In the Name of Politics,” Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, March 30, 2005
"Catholics, like almost everyone else, do not consider physical life in this world an absolute good. It is relative to other values — such as those things it makes possible (relationships with the world, oneself, other persons, God.)"
Margaret Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, as quoted by Tracy O'Shaugnessy in the column “Terri Schiavo wanted death with dignity but got a sickening circus,” Waterbury (CT) Republican American, April 1, 2005
"Coming from the Hartford office, doing administrative stuff, I was really missing being a part of a local church. The people here are warm, friendly and looking to explore their spiritual lives. I think it's a good fit for me and for the town.”
Kathy Peters, M.Div. '94, in story about her transition from UCC CT Conference to United Church of Chester, “ United Church has new pastor at helm,” Pictorial Gazette (CT), May 10, 2005
"Although he clearly clashed with the pope at times, both the pope and President Bush opened up the role of religion in public life and created the modern discussion of good and evil."
Christian Scharen, Associate Director, Faith as a Way of Life Program, “Bush to attend pope's funeral,” Irish Echo, April 6-12, 2005
“On the whole they (American Catholics) are certainly more liberal than Benedict XVI. The Vatican machinery is working on changing his image, but I don't expect him to change after being appointed pope. I think we will see more of the same, but with less charisma.”
Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, “From the Flock, Thoughts on a New Pope,” New York Times, May 1, 2005
“People sense that there's a change in mood, but it does not mean it is without conflict. It's not going to be easy sto predict just how this will work. There are people who feel they can quote Scripture and say this is wrong. We look at Scripture in different ways.”
Thomas Ogletree, Professor of Theological Ethics, “Defrocked Gay Minister Wins Appeal,” Baltimore Sun, April 30, 2005