February 18, 2013

A Bitter Struggle for Control of the Catholic Church

Der Spiegel, Der Spiegel

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With Pope Benedict XVI's resignation drawing closer, the struggle for power in the Vatican has gotten underway in earnest. The church badly needs to reform itself, but with Ratzinger lurking in the shadows, will it be able to?

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February 16, 2013
After Benedict, a Conservative Church
John O'Sullivan, The Spectator
Shock is probably the predominant emotion evoked by the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to resign at the end of February. Given that the last papal resignation took place 600 years ago, it’s understandable that the world has... more ››
February 15, 2013
Church Should Consider an Asian Pope
Francesco Sisci, Asia Times
With a gesture that breaks with thousands of years of tradition, the Pope, usually considered a bulwark of conservatism in the world, has projected the Catholic Church into the third millennium and presented Western culture... more ››
February 16, 2013
Behind the Pope's Facade
David Berger, The European
Pope Benedict's resignation allows for a look behind the façade of the Catholic Church. For too long, the Vatican has covered up its dark underbelly with embellished liturgical practices. more ››
February 13, 2013
Why Europe Resisted the Pope's Preaching
Philip Jenkins, New Republic
Much of Benedict XVI's papacy necessarily consisted of damage control, most notably relating to the widening scandals relating to child molestation. But beyond the many crises he faced, Benedict's legacy deserves to be measured... more ››
February 12, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI Wasn't Afraid to Say Sorry
Peter Stanford, Telegraph
When Joseph Ratzinger was chosen by his fellow cardinals to be pope in April 2005, he was universally billed as the continuity candidate. He had spent 25 years doing John Paul II’s bidding in charge of the old Holy Office, and... more ››