2005-05-06

Date: 
Friday, May 6, 2005

Rome Journal

Tuesday, April 19, 2005: My flight arrives in Rome early on the second morning of the conclave. I proceed immediately to the mother house of the Congregation of the...

A Place for Dissent

Habemus papam. I heard these words in St. Peter’s Square as a young seminarian on October 28, 1958. My first impression of Pope John XXIII was disappointing. Pope...

Pope Benedict

Speculation on the direction of Benedict's new papacy based on his actions, decisions and priorities as prefect of the CDF.

Church in Tension

“Methinks that this polished bow does not lightly yield itself to be strung.” —Odyssey, XXIDeparting for his epic voyage, the mythic hero Odysseus left his storied...

Shepherding the Church

In 1996, John Paul II issued the apostolic letter Universi dominici gregis, which laid down detailed procedures to govern the election of a new pope. Among the...

What Next?

We asked five writers to look at the challenges the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI will face.Looking Ahead: My Hope for the Next Pope By Richard Gaillardetz Is...

Is the Papacy Obsolete?

A few weeks before the pope died a reporter on the death watch called me. Among her questions: Is the papacy obsolete? My immediate reply was, “Yes, and...