Thursday, July 28, 2005

My, How Time Flies

It seems like only yesterday I was posting about Pope Benedict's first 55 days in office. Today marks Day 101.

As the Pope celebrates his first day back to work after his vacation, the folks at have issued their report on the pontiff's early progress (or lack therof).

The site is a project of Catholics For A Free Choice, who admit the didn't expect the Pope to address everything on its wishlist for his first 100 days. But, they had hoped for a better start.

Back on Day 1, the group outlined 8 items it believed the Pope "could and should do" in his first 100 days. The site has monitored the status of each daily. (Sadly, their daily monitoring has come to an end.) The report provides details, but the bottom line is a simple statement that appears eight times on the site today:
As of July 28, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI has not done this.
What has the Pope done? According to a CFFC memo, here's a quick summary:
  • Made 117 individual appointments
  • Released more than 90 prayers, letters and speeches
  • Published a book
  • Participated in 150 formal meetings
And there was that month-long vacation in the Italian Alps.


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