Paul Elie has written a masterful article in The Atlantic on Benedict, Francis, and the direction of the church today.
Analysis: The prospect of a weakened papacy seemed plausible in the wake of Pope Benedict's announcement, but the world has watched his successor make the office stronger.
In retirement, Pope Benedict XVI follows a schedule similar to that of any retired bishop or religious: He prays, reads, strolls, talks with people and offers them spiritual advice.
Distinctly Catholic: History will be kinder to Pope Benedict than most contemporary assessments. He was like a man from a different place and time.
Perspective: The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI caught the world by surprise, but after the shock wore off, it didn't seem all that surprising.
Faith and Justice: The U.N. report on the Vatican's role in sexual abuse could have improved the church's handling of sexual abuse; instead, it was an editorial screed.