The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is the Catholic Church's opportunity to send a strong signal to its remaining members by electing a new Pope committed to rooting out corruption in the Church.
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.
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.
My thoughts when I heard Ratzinger was resigning? First, yet another hypocrisy from the church in flouting supposedly divine law for convenience, and second, the more than 10,000 children known to have been violated by Catholic priests.
Those who can hear through the deafening and tasteless "Ding dong the witch is dead," remix are wondering why the sudden papal exit? Did the butler do it? Was it the Nuns on the Bus? Was it something unseemly on his Twitter account?
For the fifth time (at least) in the history of the Church, the pope is throwing in the towel. The essential element of each act of legally valid abdication -- including the current pope's -- is his freely expressed will.
Whether you are a believer or not, there can be no doubt that the pope's resignation only adds more uncertainty to the general political volatility Italy is experiencing.
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Kavinay Kishor, Roman Catholic catechized as an adult The last Pope to resign did so in 1415...
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.
Less than two months after tweeting for the first time on his official Twitter account, Pope Benedict XVI announced he is signing off from the papacy....
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.
I received an MBA from Assumption College in the spring of 1993, and it is with absolute clarity that I formally renounce my Assumption MBA. Based on the Pope's recent egregious accusations about gay people and gay marriage, I can no longer have any affiliation in my life to the Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict XVI shocked catholics on Monday with his sudden announcement that he was stepping down. For LGBT advocates and allies inside and outside...
I wince every time I hear a drive-by commentator on Benedict XVI refer to him as narrow or "hard-line" or "conservative," as if political boxes or strictly worldly categories could capture what is true about this man, or about the contents of the Catholic faith.