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  All Things Catholic by John L. Allen, Jr.Friday, Sept. 15, 2006  
  Vol. 6, No. 3.1  

UPATED: John Allen updated this story with a report posted to NCRonline.org Monday morning. Here's the link: Pope apologizes: 'Medieval text does not express my personal thought'.

A disucssion table opened on NCRcafe.org on this topic. Take a look: Papal apologies

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I was forced to miss this week's trip by Benedict XVI to Bavaria due to lectures I had agreed months ago to give in Irvine , California , and Cleveland. Among other things, this means I had to pass up the world's best sausage and beer, and as I told both groups to which I spoke, they will never need additional evidence of the full measure of my devotion to their cause.


NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: THE FORMAT FOR THIS COLUMN HAS CHANGED. THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST SECTION OF JOHN ALLEN'S WEEKLY COLUMN. YOU MUST USE THE MENU IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER TO VIEW ALL THE SECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK.

(It turns out that local Bavarian authorities banned the sale of beer during events on the papal itinerary, but the word from colleagues on the trip is that this did not prove an insurmountable obstacle).

Even at a distance, it's possible to offer some general observations about the Sept. 9-14 homecoming of Benedict XVI.

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