Lots of useful answers to questions here

Many thoughtful answers have emerged to some of our questions about this unusual situation at Fr Lombardi’s most recent press interview:


And here is Rocco Palmo’s take on the date of the conclave which raises the problem of a Palm Sunday installation mass:


About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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One Response to Lots of useful answers to questions here

  1. Tony says:

    Fr Peter Daly in NCR has some particularly down to earth wishes for the new Pontif and I think this point is important:

    Perhaps the most important legacy of Benedict XVI’s papacy will be his resignation. It has set a very healthy precedent. In an age when medical science can keep us living well into our 90s and maybe even past 100, it is important that popes should feel free to resign when they are no longer up to the task of their ministry. Pope Benedict showed true pastoral concern for the church when he recognized he could not carry on.

    As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he lived through the final years of John Paul II’s papacy. He saw his friend decline, and he knew the church was drifting for the last few years of that long reign. Yet John Paul II felt bound by tradition to carry on until the end. Benedict XVI has freed future popes of that burden and perhaps freed the church from a major problem of having a senile or incapacitated pope. He deserves our thanks for this precedent.

    PJPII may have been an effective witness to the dignity of suffering and death, but Benedict has shown that growing old also means having the wisdom and humility to let go when the time is right.

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