“I look forward to seeing who our next Holy Father is and how he is going to move the church into the future,” says Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for the Catholic Association. More
Haris Tarin, director of the Washington, DC office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, says Pope Benedict XVI was outspoken on Syria, preemptive war, human rights abuses, and Middle East peace, and he leaves behind an overall legacy of “quite a positive interaction” between Christians and Muslims. More
This Catholic theologian says the church needs a new pope who is a man of the world with pastoral sensitivity, someone who will “walk in the shoes of Peter.” More
We spoke with Catholics about their reaction to the news that Pope Benedict will step down at the end of February and what they hope to see in his successor.
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology at the Catholic University in Washington, DC, suggests that the next pope should turn to other bishops around the world to “help him carry the burden of leading the church.” More
Is the federal government more than “one word for things we do together”? Should the government say, “You’re on your own”? A politician and a priest speak about Catholic social teaching, the budget, and the role of government in our lives. More
Church attendance in Ireland has been dropping precipitously, and the number of priests being ordained from the country’s only Catholic seminary is at an all time low. “The young people, the under 40’s, have largely deserted the church in Ireland now,” says Rev. Tony Flannery of the Association of Catholic Priests. More