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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 07, 2006

For those who are curious (like myself), here are a few CWN headlines from this date in past years:

Last year: Pope John Paul II made a brief appearance at the window of his room in the Gemelli hospital, and Vatican officials disclosed that the Pope was hoping to return to the Vatican in time for Holy Week. The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued a plea for the life of Terri Schiavo, saying: "How can anyone who claims to speak of the promotion and protection of rights-- of human life-- remain silent?"

2003: Cardinal Pio Laghi, having traveled to Washington, DC, as a personal legate from Pope John Paul in a last-minute effort to prevent war in Iraq, said that he was still had some hope for peace after a talk with President Bush.

2000: Vatican officials explained a penitential service at which Pope John Paul II would ask pardon for the faults of the Catholic past. Cardinal Ratzinger explained the Pope's call for "purification of memory."

1996: A US federal court in Washington ruled that the Constitution protects a "right to die" for those who are terminally ill.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2006 9:23 AM ET USA

    On the one pre-VCII hand we believed that Jesus protected His Church from error and faults. The faults and errors have always been with humanity. On the other hand, why would the Church have to pardon those not acting in accord with the Church and therefore not practicing Catholics? Isn't that something like making the Church pay for the acts of pedophiles because it could not defend itself? Those that malign a truly holy Church in any way will one day come to rue their misguided actions.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Mar. 07, 2006 2:07 PM ET USA

    Re: 2000: "The document produced by the International Theological Commission, Memory and Reconciliation, was released in French on March 1. The document notes that the 'purification of memory is an act of courage and humility,' and predicts that the Church will see an "increased credibility of ecclesial pronouncements" as the world recognizes the virtue of the confession of pardon." Predicting is hard; apologizing for the sins of others is easy (although I think they blew that, too.)