The New Pope

An Orthodox View


It struck me, watching the coverage of John Paul II’s death and the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Benedict XVI, that non-Catholics were generally more inclined to praise the late pope and to feel somewhat welcoming toward his successor than many Catholics were. There are good reasons for both the positive and the wary-if not downright negative-reactions. John Paul II did more to reach out to Jews, Muslims, and Eastern Orthodox...

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About the Author

John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.