Father Julian Carron, the head of Communione e Liberazione, shared something very difficult with Pope Benedict: Both men were called upon to fill really big shoes, with Carron taking over the leadership of CL after the death of Father Giussani, and Benedict called to follow Pope John Paul II, another larger than life figure. Carron, like Benedict, also has a great ability to find a phrase that captures the essence of an idea or a moment as in these closing words of the statement he released on the news of Benedict's resignation, "a historic moment that is so delicate and decisive." Here is the link to the full text. Needless to say, he better captures the significance of Pope Benedict's decisions, which he calls "fatherly" than did some other commentators!
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In This Issue
- Editorial: Demand nuclear disarmament, not deterrence
- The fear of real Roman Curia reform
- Violence, culture of impunity still plague El Salvador
- This issue's Special Section: Family Life
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