Pope Benedict XVI's resignation is big on buzz but is not the stunning surprise claimed by many pundits. It is rather a further example of the German theology professor's style that informed his years as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, his term as pope, and the formation of his legacy to the church.
Bulletins from the Human Side
Bulletins from the Human Side: It's difficult to imagine that Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez knew nothing about sexual abuse by priests.
Bulletins from the Human Side: A rising generation of theological scholars, most of whom are lay, will not accept condemnations such as that now imposed on Fr. Tony Flannery.
Bulletins from the Human Side: In a letter, one cardinal implies that priests and seminarians can become their own grandfathers. There's a song for that.
Bulletins from the Human Side: The cause of the Newtown shooting seems beyond those who say the answer was the availability of guns.
Bulletins from the Human Side: What can we say or give these people rubbed so raw that even our well-meaning embraces may only intensify their pain?
That noise you hear coming from the Vatican, according to Robert Mickens, one of the most experienced and trustworthy observers of the church, arises not from the clang of cell doors on papal butlers taking one for the system, but from the “implosion” of the system itself. Mickens, former editor of the London-based Tablet, tells us that, we are witnessing “the collapse of an entire system, structure, ethos, and culture.”
Bulletins from the Human Side: The expulsion of Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll order is just another sign that the Vatican condemns what it's afraid of.
America may be the first nation killed by the side effects of the medicines it takes to cure its ills and keep it healthy.
We are all familiar with these warnings, which are classic products of the advertising/public relations complex. They are as slick and sleek as modern times yet as ominous as the wail of air-raid sirens in wartime London.
The party line for the great synod of 2012, the one Pope Benedict XVI convened to initiate the year of evangelization, repeats a favorite theme of what is known as his reform of the reform.
The problem is, as the good pope has emphasized ever since and as former London Tablet editor Robert Wilkin has pointed out, he identified the adjustment period following the final session of Vatican II in 1965 with the student uprisings that swept across Europe in the spring of 1968.