Face-to-Face with the Pontiff

.As Catholics across the Eastern seaboard scramble for tickets to Pope
Benedict XIV's huge masses in Washington and New York, one student will get
the chance to meet the man in person. A total of 128
students at Catholic University are in the running in an essay contest
entitled: "How Catholic education has changed my life." The winner will be
announced on or before April 9, and gets to meet the pope when he visits
the school in Northeast D.C. on April 17 for a lecture to Catholic
educators. The essays were to be no longer than 500 words.

The subject is apt, as many Catholics are closely watching the pope's
address to 400 Catholic university presidents and diocesan education
officials. The Vatican and bishops have for years been trying to infuse
Catholic higher education with more doctrine and faith and Catholic
identity, and less relativism. Many are concerned about the high number of
non-Catholics who are teaching and on school boards, and about speakers and events
on campuses that violate church teachings -- particularly on hot topics
such as reproductive rights and homosexuality. Others feel universities need
to be primarily tolerant and open. We'll see how the pope goes about
walking that line at his talk.

By Jacqueline L. Salmon |  March 21, 2008; 4:31 PM ET
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