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“Rejectionist” Pontiff

More fuel for the fire against “ignorance” in this Sunday night CBS Evening News report on the Pope’s appointments.

Mark Phillips: “In any event, the appointments will further consolidate the Pope’s conservative approach to Catholic teachings and makes it even more likely that the next pope also holds his rejectionist views on issues like contraception and women priests. The Catholic Church around the world and in the US has been shaped in this Pope’s image.”

Peter Steinfels, New York Times beliefs columnist: “There is not a single archbishop that hasn’t been named by this Pope. And that means that he really has left a stamp on the American hierarchy that will be there for a long time to come.”

Phillips: “Many of the new cardinals, in fact, are in their 50s and 60s. A papacy that has already lasted 25 years seems likely to influence the Catholic Church for decades to come.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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