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CBN NewsWatch: February 27, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Feb. 27: Pope Benedict XVI makes final public appearance; Imprisoned pastor's wife: nightmare is not pver; Rosa Parks honored with U.S. Capital statue; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" POPE

BENEDICT'S FINAL PUBLIC

AUDIENCE.

WHAT COMES NEXT FOR THE CATHOLIC

CHURCH AS THE HOLY FATHER

OFFICIALLY STEPS DOWN?

LATEST ON THE SEQUESTER SHOUWANG

CHURCH DOWN AND GI JANE HEADED

TO THE FRONT LINES.

NOT EVERYBODY IS THRILLED ABOUT

WOMEN IN COMBAT.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

POPE BENEDICT BIDS FAREWELL TO

THE FAITHFUL.

THE 85-YEAR-OLD PONTIFF USED HIS

MESSAGE TO REMIND CATHOLICS TO

STAY FAITHFUL TO GOD'S WORD.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

REPORTER: SURROUNDED BY TENS

OF THOUSANDS OF THE FAITHFUL.

MANY PRESSING IN TO CATCH A

GLIMPSE AS HE DROVE BY ON HIS

POPE MOBILE.

SUCH A HISTORIC TIME.

SOMETHING WE HAVE TO SEE

REPORTER: THEN HE TOOK THE

STAGE, SMILING, TAKING IT ALL

IN.

CROWDS RESPONDING WITH LONG

STANDING OVATIONS.

IT WAS IN MANY WAYS POPE

BENEDICT'S WAY TO REMINISCE.

REPORTER: APRIL 19TH ALMOST

EIGHT YEARS AGO, THE LIFE OF THE

CHURCH COMING FROM GOD'S WORD

REPORTER: PEOPLE WAVING FLAGS

AND CARRYING BANNERS SAYING

THANK YOU TO 1.2 BILLION

CHRISTIANS.

HE THANKED CARDINALS FOR

HONORING HIS DECISION TO BECOME

THE FIRST POPE IN 600 YEARS NO

RESIGN.

LOVING THE CHURCH MEANINGS

HAVING THE COURAGE TO HAVE THE

SECURITY OF THE CHURCH AND NOT

OURSELVES.

REPORTER: SPECULATION HAS

BEEN RIPE.

CHURCH FACED MULTIPLE SCANDALS

BY SEXUAL ABUSE BY PRIESTS.

THE WEIGHT OF THE JOB ON

SOMEONE THAT IS FRAIL AND OLD

TOOK ITS TOLL AND TIME FOR HIM

TO GO.

U IN NEW YET BENEDICT SPOKE OF A

HEAVY BURDEN DURING HIS TENURE.

THE WORDS HAVE BEEN LORD, WHY

ARE YOU ASKING ME?

IT IS A GREAT BURDEN YOU HAVE

PLACED ON MY SHOULDERS.

IF YOU ASK ME I WILL ACCEPT.

REPORTER: PROMISE NEVER TO

ABANDON THE MESSAGE OF THE

CROSS.

HE WILL BECOME BENEDICT AMEMERITUS

EMERITUS.

THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS WILL

MEET NEXT WEEK TO SELECT A NEW

POPE.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

MAUREEN, MANY PEOPLE SAW THE

DECISION TO STEP DOWN IS

EVIDENCE OF HIS HUMILITY, DO YOU

SEE IT THAT WAY?

ABSOLUTELY.

HIS HUMILITY AND LOVE FOR THE

CHURCH.

MOTIVATED BY LOVE KNOWING ALL

THE NEEDS OF OUR CULTURE AND

CHURCH AND THAT IS WHY HE

DECIDED TO STEP ASIDE, TO LEAVE

THE JOB TO SOMEONE WHO HAS MORE

ENERGY AND VIGOR AND GOOD HEALTH

TO MINISTER TO THE BILLION

CATHOLICS AROUND THE WORLD.

DOES THE POPE'S RESIGNATION

HAVE IMPACT ON THE DAY-TO-DAY

LIFE OF THE CHURCH?

HE POINTED US TIME AND AGAIN

TOWARDS THE PERSON OF JESUS

CHRIST.

HE WENT ON TO WRITE THREE BOOKS

ABOUT JESUS OF NAZARETH.

THAT IS WHAT HE MEANS IN OUR

DAILY LIFE.

THAT DAILY CALL TO THAT PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS OF

NAZARETH.

THAT IS HIS LEGACY.

THAT IS THE STRENGTH OF HIS PAP

SI, IT IS NOT ABOUT THE MAN BUT

THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST HE

POINT US TWORD.

WHERE WILL THE POPE GO NOW

AND WHAT WILL HE BE DOING DURING

HIS REMAINING YEARS?

HE IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO

SERVE THE LIFE THROUGH PRAYER.

HE IS GOING JUST OUTSIDE OF ROME

AND RESIDE IN A MON STAIR

OUTSIDE THE VATICAN.

BENEDICT HAS BEEN A DIFFERENT

PERSONALITY, CONTRAST THE TWO

MEN?

I GREW UP IN JOHN PAUL II.

POPE BENEDICT CARRIED ON HIS

LEGACY IN A SIMILAR FASHION.

NOT IN TERMS OF THE CHARISMA BUT

IN TERMS OF THE HEART OF THE

MESSAGE.

POPE BENEDICT IS LEAVING A

WONDERFUL LEGACY, CALLING US

AGAIN AND AGAIN BACK TO THE

TENANTS OF OUR FAITH.

HE WAS A GREAT REFORMER.

HE TOOK HEAD ON THE ABUSE

SCANDALS AND INSTITUTED

INCREDIBLY STRONG PROTOCOLS FOR

CHILD PROTECTION.

CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE LEADING

INSTITUTION IN TERMS OF CHILD

PROTECTION POLICIES.

AS A MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN

WITH KIDS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, I

SEE THESE PROTOCOLS ALL AROUND

ME.

THAT IS ANOTHER PART OF HIS

LEGACY THAT HE TOOK THIS CRISIS

HEAD ON.

AND WORK SO THAT WE DON'T FACE

THIS TYPE OF THING IN OUR

FUTURE.

ALL RIGHT, MAUREEN FERGUSON

WITH THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION,

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US.

CHUCK HAGEL SWORN IN THIS

MORNING OF THE SENATE OF

DEFENSE.

REPUBLICANS STILL QUESTION

WHETHER HAGEL IS UP FOR THE JOB.

THE VOTE ENDED THE TOUGHEST

FIGHTS OVER A CABINET CHOICE IN

20 YEARS.

WHITE HOUSE SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA

WILL MEET FRIDAY TO DISCUSS

SEQUESTER OPTIONS.

THIS WEEK HE HAS BEEN ON A

CAMPAIGN STYLE TOUR AGAINST THE

85 BILLION DOLLARS INCLUDING

HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS MORE.

REPORTER: WHITE HOUSE NUMBERS

PREDICT VIRGINIA WOULD BE AMONG

THE HARDEST HIT IN SPENDING.

AROUND 90,000 DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

WORKERS COULD BE FURLOUGHED.

THE PRESIDENT TOOK HIS CASE TO

THE THE HAMPTON ROADS REGION OF

SKRA VIRGINIA.

HOME TO AMERICA'S LARGEST

MILITARY INSTALLATION WHERE ALL

OF THE NAVY'S AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

BUILT.

IT EMPLOYS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

TO BUILD SHIPS FOR THE NAVY AND

COAST GUARD.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: IT GUTS

EDUCATION AND NATIONAL SECURITY

REPORTER: SOME CALL THE

PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN A PUSH TO

SPREAD FEAR AMONG AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

AT THIS HAMPTON ROADS TOWN HALL,

THREE AREA CONGRESSMAN HEARD

MORE FRUSTRATION THAN FEAR.

ZEUS IS A BIKER THAT NORMALLY

STAYS OUT OF POLITICS.

HE OWNS THIS CUSTOM BIKE SHOP

AND 90% OF HIS CUSTOMERS ARE

MILITARY MEMBERS.

GUYS READY TO BE DEPLOYED,

THEIR DEPLOYMENTS ARE CUT ARE

NOT SURE IF THEY ARE DEPLOYED.

THEY ARE NOT GOING TO SPEND

RECREATION MONEY BECAUSE THEY

HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR HOME

FIRST.

REPORTER: ZEUS IS DELAYING

EXPANDING BUSINESS, PUT OFF

HIRING PEOPLE AND EVEN CUT HIS

OWN PAY.

HE WOULD LIKE WASHINGTON TO

FOLLOW HIS BUSINESS MODEL,

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.

IT IS TIME WE MAKE THEM

RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY ARE

DOING.

OTHERWISE, THEY ARE GOING TO GET

LET GO.

I HAVE HAD EMPLOYEES, IT IS LIKE

IF YOU ARE NOT DOING THE JOB YOU

ARE HIRED TO DO, I CAN'T KEEP

PAYING YOU.

REPORTER: THAT FRUSTRATION

DOESN'T FALL ON DEAF YEARS.

IT IS WHY REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN

CALLED THE TOWN HALL MEETING.

LIKELIHOOD OF SEQUESTRATION

HAPPENING IS HIGH.

YOU COULD DESCRIBE IT AS

CERTAIN.

WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO

OTHERS AND SAY WHAT THIS DOES TO

OUR MILITARY READINESS.

DEFENSE IS NOT A FAUCET.

SOME OF THESE AVAILABILITIES

WILL NEVER HAPPEN

REPORTER: THREAT OF CUTS TO

MILITARY TRAINING IS WHAT

WORRIED AMANDA HUFFLER.

HER HUSBAND DEPLOYED THREE

TIMES.

IT IS GOING TO BE UGLY.

TOUGH DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.

WE ARE HOPING THEY COME TO AN

AGREEMENT.

NEVER KNOW.

THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN

CLEARLY FIX.

WOE NEED TO GET TO WORK AND DO

IT.

CONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCOTT IS

HEARING FROM FRUSTRATED

HAMPTON'S ROADS VOTERS.

THEY MADE THE CUTS BACK IN

JANUARY.

WE SHOULD NOT EXTENDED THE

CUTS

REPORTER: STILL SCOTT STANDS

AGAINST THE AUTOMATIC CUTS.

FOR NOW THE SEQUESTER APPEARS

LIKELY IF NOT CERTAIN.

MANY SAY THEY'LL GET BY AND MAKE

DO AS THEY HAVE TO.

THEY WISH WASHINGTON WOULD FIND

A WAY TO DO IS SAME.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

WIFE OF A CHRISTIAN PASTOR OF

IMPRISONED IN IRAN.

NAGMAY ABDEENY'S HUSBAND SAEED

WAS SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS.

SHE SAYS GOD IS IN CONTROL OF

HER HUSBAND'S SITUATION.

YOU CAN READ HER BLOG AT NEW

BEGINNING CBNNEWS.COM.

COMING UP, THE DEBATE OVER HIGH

SCHOOL BANNERS AT HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL GAMES.

WELCOME BACK, FOLKS IN A

SMALL EAST TEXAS TOWN AGAIN

TAKING UP THE DEBATE OVER BIBLE

VERSES ON BANNERS AT HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL GAMES.

THEY ARE LOOKING ON A BAN

PREVENTING CHEER LEADERS FROM

HOLDING THE BANNERS AT THE GAME.

THEY ARE NEAR CHEER LEADERS.

WHAT IF A BUDDHIST STUDENT

MAKES A CHEER LEADING TEAM IS

SHE GOING TO GET KICKED OFF FOR

NOT AGREEING WITH IT?

WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE?

I HAVE LEARNED TO SHARE MY

FAITH.

BEING TOLD YOU CAN'T DO THAT, IT

IS NOT EASY.

CBN BROUGHT YOU THE STORY OF

BANNERS LAST FALL AFTER THE

FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FILED A

LAWSUIT.

A JUDGE BLOCKED THE BAN, A TRIAL

SET FOR THIS SUMMER.

U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING ADDED AN

IMPORTANT NEW STATUTE TO ITS

COLLECTION.

ONE THAT HELPS BETTER TELL

AMERICA'S INTRICATE STORY.

JENNIFER WISHON EXPLAINS.

JENNIFER WISHON: ROSA PARKS

REFU

REFUSED TO GIVE UP HER SEAT ON

THE BUS SO A WHITE PASSENGER

COULD SIT DOWN.

SHE MADE HISTORY AGAIN AS HER

IMAGE AND STORY WELCOMED INTO

THE U.S. CAPITOL STATUTE.

IT IS THE FIRST

AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO BE

PLACED IN THE CAPITOL.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: WE CELEBRATE

A SEAMSTRESS.

MIGHTY IN COURAGE.

REPORTER: WHEN SHE WOULDN'T

GIVE UP HER SEAT, PARKS

ARRESTED.

DAYS LATER, A NEW PASTOR IN TOWN

BY THE NAME OF MARTIN LUTHER

KING JR. STOOD BY HER SIDE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: THE BOYCOTT

ENDED.

BLACK MEN AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN

REBOARDED THE BUSES OF

MONTGOMERY.

NEWLY DESEGREGATED AND SAT IN

WHATEVER SEAT HAPPENED TO BE

OPEN.

REPORTER: PARK'S SCULPTURE

WAS CRAFTED BY CALIFORNIA ARTIST

EUGENE DOB.

HE CHOSE TO HAVE HER SEATED

ROOTED TO HER ENVIRONMENT MAKING

IT CLEAR SHE IS NOT TO BE MOVED.

THIS IS KIND OF SUPERWOMAN IN

A WAY IN CLARK KENT'S CLOTHING.

THIS COURAGEOUS WARRIOR FOR

RACIAL INJUSTICE YET SHE SITS

QUIETLY IN MID CENTURY DRESS

LOOKING FOR ALL INTENT PURPOSES

LIKE AN AVERAGE AMERICAN

CITIZEN.

IN GOD WE TRUST, NOT JUST A

MOTTO, BUT A MISSION AS ROSA

PARKS DID, ANY BURDEN CAN BE

LIFTED.

REPORTER: JENNIFER WISHON,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

UP NEXT, HEAR WHY SOME VETS

DISAGREE WITH WOMEN IN COMBAT.

THE PENTAGON IS GOING AHEAD

WITH PLANS TO PUT WOMEN INTO

MILITARY COMBAT UNITS.

SOME CONSIDER IT A VICTORY FOR

EQUAL RIGHTS.

AS LEE WEBB REPORTS, OTHERS

ARGUE IT WILL HURT OUR NATION'S

ABILITY TO FIGHT.

REPORTER: AMERICA'S WOMEN

HAVE SERVED WITH DISTINCTION IN

OUR MILITARY HPARTICULARLY OVER

THE LAST DECADE IN THE WAR ON

TERROR.

EVERYONE IS COMMITTED TO

DOING THE JOB, FIGHTING AND

DYING TOGETHER.

THE TIME HAS COME FOR OUR

POLICIES TO RECOGNIZE THAT

REALITY

REPORTER: THAT IS WHY LEON

PANETTA OPENED THE DOOR FOR

WOMEN TO THE MORE THAN 230,000

POSITIONS IN INFANTRY AND

RANGERS AND SEALS.

FORMER ARMY CAPTAIN TANYA DOMI

AFFIRMS THE DECISION.

SHE SAYS IT IS GOOD FOR OUR

MILITARY AND COUNTRY, TOO.

RETIRED ARMY GENERAL JERRY

BOYKIN COULDN'T DISAGREE

ANYMORE.

HE IS FORMER COMMANDER OF

SPECIAL OPERATIONS.

HE ACKNOWLEDGES WOMEN HAVE

SERVED BRAVELY UNDER FIRE IN

SUPPORT ROLES BUT DOESN'T

BELIEVE THEY ARE PHYSICALLY UP

TO THE CHALLENGE OF DESTROYING A

HOSTILE FORCE.

IT IS NOT THE AVERAGE FEMALE

THAT WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

IT IS A READINESS ISSUE.

NO ONE IS CONSIDERING READY NSZ.

THERE IS A DOUBLE STANDARD

FOR MEN AND WOMEN, FOR EXAMPLE,

A 22-YEAR-OLD MALE SOLDIER IS

REQUIRED TO DO 40 PUSH-UPS, A

22-YEAR-OLD FEMALE SOLDIER IS TO

DO 17.

THEY SAID SHE WILL HAVE TO MEAT

SAME STANDARDS.

LISTEN TO THE CAVEAT TO THAT.

IF WE DECIDE A PARTICULAR

STANDARD IS SO HIGH TBURDEN IS

ON THE SERVICE TO EXPLAIN TO THE

SERVICE WHY IS IT THAT HIGH?

WITH THE RED COMBAT EXCLUSION

PROVISION, WE NEVER HAD TO HAVE

THAT CONVERSATION.

THAT IS FRIGHTENING.

WHAT THAT IS SAYING IF WOMEN

CAN'T MEET THE STANDARDS, WE'LL

LOWER THE STANDARDS.

STAY.

STAY DOWN!

STAY DOWN.

REPORTER: BOYKIN BELIEVES IT

WILL HAVE LIFE AND DEATH

CONSEQUENCES AS "BAND OF

BROTHERS" DEPICTS.

THAT IS WHY WE GIVE MEDALS OF

M

HONOR BECAUSE SOMEBODY WAS

SAVING A BUDDY.

RETIRED GENERAL ROBERT SCALES

MADE THE STUDY OF WARFARE.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE DON'T

UNDERSTAND IS THIS SO-CALLED

BANNED OF BROTHERS AFFECT.

THIS BUDDY TEAMING WHICH MAKES

UP THE ESSENCE OF COHESION AND

SMALL UNITS.

REMEMBER THE AMERICAN SOLDIER

REALLY DOESN'T DIE FOR HIS

COUNTRY.

HE DIES FOR HIS BUDDIES.

SCALES BELIEVES THE PENTAGON

OWES IT TO THE SOLDIERS AND

MARINES TO PERFORM AN OBJECTIVE

STUDY.

UNITS THAT HAVE BAD

PSYCHOLOGY OR POORLY LED DIE IN

INCREASING NUMBERS.

THEY ARE FALLING ON THE SOLDIERS

OF THIS VERY, VERY SMALL BAND OF

BROTHERS.

BEFORE WE BREAK IT UP, WE BETTER

BE DARN WELL SURE WE ARE DOING

THE RIGHT THING

REPORTER: GENERAL SCALES

TWO DAUGHTERS ARE FORMER ARMY

OFFICERS AGREE WITH THEIR FATHER

ON THE ISSUE.

THIS FORMER CAPTAIN ALSO AGREES

WITH HIM.

SHE COMPLETED TWO TOURS IN

AFGHANISTAN.

SHE WANTED TO SERVE ON THE FRONT

LINE.

SHE CHANGED HER MIND AFTER THE

WEAR AND TEAR IT TOOK ON HER

BODY AFTER FIVE YEARS.

RIGHT NOW I HAVE TWO SMALL

CHILDREN.

MY QUALITY OF LIFE IS DEGRADED,

YOU CAN ONLY HOLD THEM FOR SO

LONG BECAUSE YOUR BACK HURTS.

IT CHANGES THE WAY I AM ABLE TO

LIVE.

REPORTER: WHAT DOES IT SAY

ABOUT A NATION THAT ALLOWS ITS

WOMEN TO DO ITS FIGHTING?

RIGHT NOW CONGRESS IS WORKING

ON LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WOMEN

FROM VIOLENCE AND DOMESTIC

VIOLENCE.

THEN ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE

SAYING TO WOMEN, FIX BAYONETS

AND CHARGE THAT GROUP OF MEN

OVER THERE MOST OF WHICH ARE

STRONGER, BIGGER AND CAPABLE OF

KILLING YOU.

IT IS INCONSISTENT.

I THINK THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR.

WE ARE THE STRONGER SEX AND WE

HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO

PROTECT OUR WOMEN.

LEE, DO YOU THINK MANY WOMEN

ARE GOING TO FILL THESE FRONT

LINE COMBAT ISSUES.

MOST THINK THEY WON'T AND THE

ONE THAT IS WILL, WILL NOT

QUALITY.

THEY HAD 100 OFFICERS, AND 2

WERE WOMEN, FIRST ONE COULDN'T

PASS THE ENDURANCE TEST.

IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE

HOW THEY FAIR.

YOU SAY FOOTBALL PROVIDES A

GOOD ANALOGY AS TO WHY IT WAS A

BAD IDEA

REPORTER: MARK, IF I TOLD YOU

THEY WERE GOING TO REPLACE RAY

LEWIS WITH A WOMAN, WHAT WOULD

YOU SAY?

I WOULD BE SHOCKED.

THEY WOULD NOT BE SHOCKED

AFTER SEEING A WOMAN ON THE

FOOTBALL FIELD AFTER INJURED.

A FOOTBALL FIELD IS NOT A PLACE

FOR WOMEN.

BALTIMORE RAVENS WOULD NO MORE

DO THAT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO

WIN.

PLACING A WOMAN IN THAT POSITION

WOULD CAUSE THEM NOT TO WIN A

FOOTBALL GAME.

WOMEN HAVE SERVED IN SUPPORT

ROLES.

NO QUESTION A WOMAN COULD BE A

NATIONAL FOOTBALL REFEREE.

COULD SHE TAKE -- COULD SHE TAKE

PART IN PLAYING FOOTBALL?

TACKLING AND RUNNING AND ALL

THOSE THINGS AND COMPETE WITH

ME?

ANSWER IS NO.

WE ARE TO BELIEVE YET THE

FOOTBALL FIELD IS MORE DANGEROUS

THAN A COMBAT ZONE?

THAT IS WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

SAYING RIGHT NOW.

THEY ARE CALLING ATTENTION TO

THAT FACT

REPORTER: ALL RIGHT, LEE,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSIGHTS.

INTERESTING HOW THIS ALL PLAYS

OUT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANKS FOR STAYING WITH US,

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE

TO RETIRE TO OR RETREAT TO IN

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IT TOPS THE LIST AS THE BEST

PLACE TO SURVIVE A NATURAL

DISASTER.

LOW CRIME RATES, HIGH AMOUNTS OF

FOREST AND LAND, MINIMUM GUN

LAWS AND GOOD RESOURCES IN THE

AREA.

LOCAL WAL-MARTS HAVE AN ENTIRE

SECTION DEDICATED TO EMERGENCY

PREPAREDNESS.

DEHYDRATED AND FREEZE-DRIED

FOODS.

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