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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 27, 2006

John Allen reports on a news conference accompanying the release of the new encyclical:

Archbishop William Levada, the pope's successor as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, admitted he was "a little bit surprised" that Benedict chose to submit his text to Vatican doctrinal consultors prior to publication, rather than simply putting it out, but he said it was "a normal practice, even for a great theologian."

Help me out here. What practice are we to understand is normal?

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 27, 2006 7:06 PM ET USA

    Let's see.....the head honcho on doctrinal matters is surprised that doctrinal matters matter? Its like the owner of a garage saying "its surprising but people do check and change thier oil on a regular basis.... beats me why they do it."

  • Posted by: Easter's Child - Jan. 27, 2006 6:53 PM ET USA

    " ....Archbishop William Levada, the pope's successor as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ,,," The pope's successor? Does the Holy Spirit know this? Just wondering.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 27, 2006 2:02 PM ET USA

    Levada will prove to be a millstone around Benedict's neck. Case in point is Levada's influence on Benedict to choose a gay-friendly Bishop to succeed him in San Francisco. Levada is way out of his league theologically, even though he will fit right in with a curial culture that values diplomacy--"Romanita"--above all else. Levada seems surprised to learn the Church is governed by theological, moral, and spiritual imperatives--diplomacy is to further their influence, not circumscribe it.

  • Posted by: Andy K - Jan. 27, 2006 12:17 PM ET USA

    Dear Diogenes, I believe the reference is to having the encyclical checked for doctrinal errors.