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Q & A: Elena Curti

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In anticipation of Pope Benedict's visit to the UK next week, here at Q & A, we are discussing what the Pope should say and do when he is there. Our commentators are editors at the British Catholic weekly The Tablet, and today we hear from Elena Curti, the deputy editor.

The question: What is the most important thing for Pope Benedict to say or do when he is in the UK?

Elena Curti: While the Church in England and Wales now has solid procedures in place aimed at protecting children, as Catholics we still feel tainted by the cover-ups and evasiveness that have characterised the Church's response to the scandal.

Election Time: PA-3

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UPDATE: This race looked like a nail biter when I wrote about it last month. At the beginning of October, however, both the Cook Political Report and Real Clear Politics moved PA-3 from the "Toss-up" column to "Lean Republican." Incumbent Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper has trailed in every poll, and the most recent survey from Mercyhurst College has her down by 7 points.
The race has also become a focus of a duel between Catholic groups with Catholics United challenging the veracity of ads put out by pro-life organizations which claim Dahlkemper's vote for health care was a vote for federal funding of abortion. Catholics United had a press call on the issue featuring pro-life Catholics in PA-3 defending Dahlkemper. I wrote about the call here. The decision yesterday, in federal court, to allow the case against the Susan B. Anthony List's ads to proceed in Ohio does not have a direct impact on the race in Pennsylvania, but the local press in Erie is covering the story.

Yahoo Watch: The Salahis

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Like a moth to a flame, I can't continue browsing the newspaper when I see an item in the society pages about the world's most famous party-crashers. The couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, became household names when they wiggled their way into a state dinner at the White House. They are now "stars" on a reality television show.

Following up on a promise to reporters that she would auction off the dress she wore into the White House, and give the proceeds to charity, Mrs. Salahi announced that the dress would go on the auction block and that she and her husband "have directed the auction gallery to forward 80 percent of their proceeds from the gown's sale to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund." 80 percent? I suppose she needed to cover her costs. These people are obscene.

Wieseltier on the Mosque

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When I was growing up, I wanted to write like Leon Wieseltier. I also wanted to play baseball like Carl Yastrzemski. Both desires came up against the reality that I lacked the talent my dreams inspired. Fortunately, we can still read Wiesletier's elegant writings and from the start of the controversy about the planned mosque in lower Manhattan, I knew that Leon would not only write the last word, but the definitive word, on the subject. Here it is.

Q & A: Catherine Pepinster

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In anticipation of the Pope's visit to the UK next week, The Tablet has been running a series in which they asked prominent British Catholics the question: If you had five minutes with Pope Bendict, what would you say to him?

Here at Q & A, we decided to turn that question around and ask four editors at The Tablet what they think Pope Benedict needs to say while he is in Britain. For those who do not subscribe to The Tablet, you should. In addition to being available online to subscribers, the print edition, which is published on Thursdays, arrives in the mail every Monday here in Washington. Like NCR, The Tablet is committed to strong writing, solid reporting and incisive analysis.

Our first submission comes from Catherine Pepinster who is the editor of The Tablet.

The question: What is the most important thing Pope benedict must say or do while he is in the UK?

Benedict Goes to Britain

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Next week, the Holy Father will go to Great Britain for a state visit. A poll commissioned by The Tablet shows what Britons are thinking about the upcoming visit. It makes for interesting reading.

Additionally, starting today, our coverage of the papal trip here at Distinctly Catholic commences with a week of Q & A with editors from The Tablet. Next week, we will hear from several Newman scholars about the Pope's beatification of Cardinal Newman while in the UK.

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