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The most disturbing feature about the Terri Schiavo case is the intrusion of political forces into the process of family decision-making at the most vulnerable of times in the life of a family and person.

Richard Payne, director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, based at the divinity school, quoted in a story about the Schiavo case in the March 21, 2005, edition of The Seattle Times


We're not going to have any changes to the left or the right. We'll have the theology of 'more of the same.'

Teresa Berger, professor of ecumenical theology and a Roman Catholic from Germany, quoted in a story about the election of the new pope in the April 20, 2005, edition of The (Raleigh) News & Observer


Christianity has always grown by moving away from whatever its center was to whatever the new territories were. Of course, for a while, these traditions have been located in the West—in Europe and America—so Europe might get the feeling that it is the home of the Christian Catholic tradition. But it has constantly been on the move. Now the new center of the Christian faith is moving south, and it's a good thing, too. It prevents the West from getting into this kind of complacence, of thinking, 'We are the center of the world.'

Emmanuel Katongole, associate research professor of theology and world Christianity, quoted in a story about the possibility of a non- European pope, in the April 10, 2005, edition of The Baltimore Sun.


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