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Choices Ahead at the Vatican

MARK CHMIEL
Chmiel wrote the new article “A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Pope (and the Rest of Us).” He is a member of the Center for Theology and Social Analysis and teaches at St. Louis University. He said today: “The Pope’s successor will inherit [a] position in a structure that provides for security, protection and easy access to political, economic, and media elites.”
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JODI JACOBSON
Executive director of the Center for Health and Gender Equity, Jacobson said today: “The [Catholic] Church’s stance on condom use has impeded effective HIV prevention in countries most affected by HIV.”
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NINA MAYOREK, AITEMAD MUHANNA, DIANA KATTAN
John Paul II was the first pope to enter a mosque and the first since the time of St. Peter to enter a synagogue. Nina Mayorek, Aitemad Muhanna, and Diana Kattan — a Jew, a Muslim and a Catholic Christian — are on a tour of the U.S., “Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision,” organized by the group Partners for Peace. More information on the tour and background on the three women is available at the above web page.
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BLASE BONPANE
Director of the Office of the Americas, Bonpane served as a Maryknoll Father in Guatemala. His book Guerrillas of Peace: Liberation Theology in the Central American Revolution includes his letters to Pope John Paul II.
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ANGELA BONAVOGLIA
Bonavoglia is author of the just-released book Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church.
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COLMAN McCARTHY
A former Washington Post columnist, McCarthy is founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C., and the author of the book I’d Rather Teach Peace.
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ROBERT ELLSBERG
Ellsberg is editor in chief of Orbis Books, the publishing arm of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. He is author of a number of books, most recently The Saints’ Guide to Happiness.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167