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Is There Life After the Pontificate for Francis?

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

As Francis has repeated on several occasions, "the Pope emeritus is not a statue in a museum. It is an institution," which "participates in the life of the Church." This new "institution" is a consequence of Benedict's historical resignation on February 11, 2013. It has "opened the door," according to Jorge Bergoglio. Meaning, he could very well do the same.

Benedict XVI On John Paul II: I Always Knew He Was A Saint

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until a special high-profile ceremony next month at the Vatican. But the man who succee...

Let's Banish Talk About 'Intrinsic Disorder'

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The average reader of the Catechism will see in this language the whole, sorry history of efforts to medicalize and "treat" those deemed "afflicted" with same-sex attractions. Being gay is not a choice but something innate and natural.

Grant Me the Pope Francis Kool-Aid but Not Yet; Is the New Pope for Real?

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Vatican doctrine still holds that same-sex and marriage and love are sinful. The pontiff has yet to fling "open the door" (to employ the terminology Ratzinger et al used) to the discussion of Women's Ordination.

Why Canonizing John Paul II Is a Mistake

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, many Roman Catholics were quick to optimism. Some dared to hope for something of a church renaissance, and for relief, perhaps, in the wake of the bitter reign of "God's Rottweiler," Joseph Ratzinger.

Meet The New Pope, Same As The Old Pope?

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When my 14-year-old, who is not Catholic, asked me whether I "liked the new guy," I told her I didn't l know yet, but that it was unlikely that any guy I liked would ever get that job.

Progressives vs. Conservatives: The War over Catholic Doctrine

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Phillip Martin

Whoever succeeds Pope Benedict faces challenges that will impact Catholics everywhere, but will the choice have any impact on Catholic doctrine, which many believe is suspended somewhere between the Council of Trent counter-reformation and Vatican II.

The Papal Conclave Is Perfect Time For The Church To Clean Up Its Act

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Diane Dimond

As the conclave gets underway I hope the Cardinals understand it is time for moral, compassionate and truly healing leadership at the Vatican. There is no better time than now.

FAQ: Electing a New Pope

Will Durst | Posted 05.01.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

Q. Can you please explain what the heck is going on in Rome? A. Well, Pope Benedict XVI retired and now Catholic Cardinals from around the world are congregating to elect a new one.

If The Red Prada Shoe Fits: The Legacy Of Benedict XVI

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I believe that if a man robs a bank, kills the teller, runs out the door and jumps into the getaway car, the driver is an accomplice to the murder. In the context of the Catholic sex abuse crisis, Ratzinger was behind the wheel of the getaway car for 30 years.

Will Benedict Be A 'Shadow Pope'?

HuffPost Italy | Stefano Baldolini | Posted 02.28.2013 | Religion

The theologian Hans Kung has always been very hard on Joseph Ratzinger’s papacy, and was particularly disappointed by Pope Benedict XVI’s last aud...

Vatican Approaches Conclave As Pool Of Pope Benedict XVI's Possible Successors Dwindle

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

This week, Pope Benedict XVI, the most powerful religious leader in the world, steps down from office. But questions about what comes next -- from the process of electing a new pope to who will succeed him -- remain unanswered. Meanwhile, the pool of electors and possible successors dwindles.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Considering Major Changes Before Retirement | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion

In one of his last major moves before the end of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing the rules for the international meeting of card...

No One Can Know Why Pope Benedict XVI Resigned

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

All we outside Vatican who cherish our church have to go by are hunches, beliefs, speculation, conjecture and opinions. We can examine the Ratzinger's legacy and theorize, but no one can know why he resigned. The pope is the pope, accountable to no one. Not even God.

Benedict: The Quiet Pope, the Scholar

Michael Novak | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Michael Novak

I have known Joseph Ratzinger since we were both young men at the Second Vatican Council in 1963-64. After the death of John Paul the Great, I very much wanted his great friend Ratzinger to succeed him, old and frail of health as he was.

A Church Of Different Speeds

The European Magazine | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
The European Magazine

The pope's resignation has broken with the traditions of Roman centralism. The Catholic Church is moving towards a more democratic era.

It's Time For A Queer-Friendly Pope

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his unexpected resignation, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter's Basilica. Many say it's unequivocally a sign from God. If so, I'm hoping it's an "amen" moment signaling the end of an oppressive era of LGBTQ bashing.

What Happens After The Pope Resigns?

HuffPost Italy | Rita Pinci | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

The Pope’s resignation is greatest reform in the Church since the Vatican Council II, a turning point. After Benedict XVI’s decision to renounce t...

Deaf Ears And A Sinking Ship: Why Pope Benedict XVI Resigned

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I'd like to imagine he took a sweeping look at his career as a priest and prelate, and while not discounting the value of this contributions as an intellectual, took note of the degree to which he permitted the "power" to snuff out so much of the "glory."

Pope Benedict's Legacy and the Next Steps for the Church

Angelo Federico Arcelli | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Angelo Federico Arcelli

Pope Benedict's decision to resign bets on a better future for the Catholic Church, with the certainty that through faith, the conclave of Cardinals will choose the most appropriate candidate for his successor.

The Last 20th-Century Pope

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Benedict's discernment in appreciating the frailties of advancing years and his wisdom in acting accordingly are extraordinary. But the question of his legacy arises. How do we put his career into perspective?

Joseph Ratzinger: An Affable and Humble Warrior Set to Restore Truth and Justice

Ettore Bernabei | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Ettore Bernabei

In the coming days, many will recount the anecdotes and curiosities of Joseph Ratzinger's life as a professor, theologian, and leader of souls. I think it is interesting to remember his religious thought and his political leadership of the men and women who believe in God.

The Complex Legacy Of Pope Benedict

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Catholics may be surprised at how closely non-Catholics follow these very public moments in their Church, and how invested other Christians, and people of other faith and no faith are in the machinations of the Catholic Church.

With Pope Benedict's Resignation, It's Time To Move From Religion To Spirituality

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Matthew Fox

The lack of conscience in the yes-men Benedict and Pope John Paul II appointed to positions of decision-making means that Catholics should not be holding their breath expecting the Holy Spirit to elect a decent leader. The church as we know it is finished and that is a blessing in itself.

The 401st (K) Encyclical

Rob Norman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Comedy
Rob Norman

When retirement cometh ensure thee that thy accumulation of wordly goods and chattels are in order as you standeth afore the almighty and his designee the IRS.