This blog is an accidental happening. Or maybe not. I will write bits and pieces that take my fancy from time to time.I will also post some things that appeal to me. If any of them gets your attention, that will be great. If not, horseman, passby!
The Blog title is taken from the following quotation:
God is at home. It's we who
have gone out for a walk.
Pope Benedict XVI is retiring on February 28, and Commonweal will continue to cover the story as it develops. This special page features links to our blog posts, columns, and extensive archive of articles on Benedict XVI, as well as links to stories around the web and to texts of encyclicals, apostolic letters, and other materials. Come back to this page for regular and ongoing updates.
Benedict's Act of HumilityThere is potentially great significance in Benedict’s resignation, writes Joseph A. Komonchak. But a paradox is visible in the events now unfolding: The very act that humanizes the papacy also produces the hullabaloo over the upcoming conclave.
Looking BackIn our 2005 series of articles titled “What’s Next?” Commonweal asked five writers to look at the challenges the then newly elected Benedict XVI was likely to face. Following Benedict’s announcement that he would retire as of February 28, we checked back in with those writers to get their thoughts on whether the hopes they laid out eight years ago have been realized.
Hope for the Next Pope? NopeEduardo Peñalver is on the same page as Garry Wills, and unexcited about a selection process that is “utterly bereft of the characteristics of participation and transparency that virtually all of us would demand as criteria of legitimacy in any other context.”
Benedict in the Dock(March 30, 2010) Much of Pope Benedict's good work in addressing the sexual-abuse crisis is now likely to be brushed aside as the history of his own negligence in handling an abusive priest when he was archbishop of Munich thirty years ago comes to light.
Benedict in America (May 9, 2008)Nearly every observer and commentator judged Benedict XVI’s six-day visit last month to Washington, D.C., and New York City a great success. In his first extended introduction to American society as pope, Benedict showed himself to be a man of genuine warmth, charm, and pastoral sensitivity, as well as a shrewd manipulator of the media.
Benedict at Auschwitz(June 16, 2006) The pope’s perplexing statement on the Holocaust left much to be desired.
Pope Benedict (May 6, 2005) No one knows exactly where Pope Benedict XVI will lead the church. One should be cautious in making assumptions about what sort of pope he will be by looking at his record at the CDF. The pastoral dimension of the papacy alone will demand a different set of talents and skills.
STORIES FROM FROM COMMONWEAL
Exit SignsMassimo Faggioli examines the historical context of the papacy Benedict XVI will resign: one that became more monarchical in the nineteenth century (as a reaction against the democratization of modern political systems), and that is now more centralized than ever before—despite Vatican II.