February 11 - A Once in 600 Years Papal Resignation; Would a New Pope Consider Ordaining Women?; What Really Happened in Benghazi

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We begin with the resignation of the Pope, an unusual occurrence that has not happened for 600 years. Anthea Butler, a professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania joins us to discuss who might succeed Pope Benedict whose relatively brief tenure was beset by scandals and shrinking church attendance and finances in Europe and North America. anthea butler

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Then we discuss the issue that Pope Benedict most strenuously opposed, the ordination of women. Erin Saiz Hanna, the Executive Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference joins us to explain the Pope’s hostility to the idea of women being ordained into the Catholic priesthood and his crackdown on American nuns. She has been detained by the Italian police five times for peaceful protests against the Vatican.

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Then finally, with Senator Lindsay Graham promising to block John Brennan’s nomination to head up the CIA unless the Administration comes clean on Benghazi, we examine what really happened in Benghazi with author and journalist Robert Young Pelton. And we discuss a new e-new book by two Special Forces veterans “Benghazi: The Definitive Report”, which claims to have the answers, along with who was behind the “palace coup” that ended David Petraeus’s career.

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