Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

February 12, 2013 – Segment 1

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be resigning from his duties as pope, citing a deterioration in “strength of mind and body.” He is the first Pope to resign in six centuries.

We talk about what this means for the Catholic Church and the world, and who might come next. Joining us for the conversation are:
  • Rosemary Thompson, Executive Director of the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace;
  • Mary Jo McConahay, a journalist, documentary filmmaker who wrote a piece for New America Media about the Pope and the developing world, and author of Maya Road: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest;
  • LaWanda Edwards, catholic churchgoer;
  • and Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics at St. Mary’s University.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for featuring the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on your show.

    I think, however, that by setting up the discussion to cover the usual liberal issues regarding Catholicism, the program missed an opportunity to see the resignation as, in itself, effecting a momentous change in the Catholic Church. As other commentators have pointed out, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI demonstrates in a dramatic fashion that the papacy is a ministry, not a personal privilege. Having a living resigned pope will bring this home to the faithful in ways that no theoretical discussion of collegiality or the Petrine Ministry could.

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