A Place for Dissent

My argument with Joseph Ratzinger

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 Pius XII was an austere and ascetic figure, but John XXIII was a roly-poly Italian who was waving to the crowd even before he finished his first blessing.

Fast-forward to the present: The intervening years saw John XXIII’s and Vatican II’s call for renewal...

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The Reverend Charles E. Curran is the Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University.

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