Catholics

7:22am

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Doing The Cardinal Math: Numbers Point To Another European Pope

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:07 am

Pope Benedict XVI (left) and Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan in 2011. Scola is among those seen as a likely successor to Benedict.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': Sylvia Poggioli reports

On this morning after the surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of the month, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli looks at the numbers and concludes it's more than likely the next pope will be a European, just like nearly all the others.

Why?

As Sylvia told Morning Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer:

-- 117 cardinals are eligible to vote at the upcoming conclave (only those under the age of 80 can take part).

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2:41pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

American Catholics Divided On Pope Benedict's Legacy

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:28 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

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1:14pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

A Papal Resignation: Sifting Through Theology And The Effect On The Office

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:10 pm

A Statue of St Peter outside St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican.
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As The National Catholic Reporter points out, one of the reasons Pope Benedict XVI's resignation is so surprising is because "most modern popes have felt resignation is unacceptable. As Paul VI said, paternity cannot be resigned."

Indeed, as Mark noted earlier, a papal resignation hasn't happened for nearly 600 years.

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10:12am

Mon February 11, 2013
Remembrances

Pope Benedict XVI: A Champion Of Catholic Tradition

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:52 am

Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday, was an ardent defender of Catholic tradition. For a quarter-century before he become the pontiff in 2005, he served as the chief enforcer of Catholic orthodoxy.
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On April 19, 2005, when wisps of white smoke puffed from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Catholic Church had its first German pope since the 11th century.

Just one day before his election as Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger delivered a homily that, many analysts later said, became the platform of his papacy.

He denounced modern trends he said were undermining Catholicism and Western civilization.

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9:09am

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

After Pope's Resignation, What's Next For The Church?

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 9:41 am

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28. For more on what his resignation means for the future of the Vatican leadership, Steve Inskeep talks with Mathew Schmalz, a professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

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