April 23rd, 2005

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Theological Notebook: Benedict, Day 3

Benedict/papal transition watching/notetaking for future theological or historical work is definitely getting easier. Benedict's down to one page's worth of newstories today, and I'm as relieved as he is.

Stories today include a NCR cover story by John Allen looking as deeply as possible at the way Benedict's papacy is forming up, and assesses him as "not a transitional pope," and makes for interesting reading, particularly with Allen's Roman access. He has another shorter story here handling the details of the rumor mill that might be useful information for your conversations. A long analysis-piece from Catholic News Service provides a bit of contrast. Richard Ostling, a long-established religion writer for the AP also weighs in on Ratzinger's openness to the press and what he's seen in covering the man. An article on Benedict meeting with the Cardinals, Brazil's papabile Cardinal Hummes on Benedict, and details on the installation Mass and the guest list fill out this installment.
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Loyola Faculty Portrait

Theological Notebook: Benedict Day 3, and the Young Ones

Oh, and I include at the last minute a rather jaded article from The New York Times about European theology students who largely don't believe anything about Christianity express their doubts about Pope Benedict. It rather reads like the kind of story you get when you go looking for people of this sort so as to give you the quotes you already know you want. (This was done to me and some of my friends by a writer from the Chicago Sun-Times once when I was an undergrad: another valuable lesson for me in the power of the press.) Anyway, so I'm not sure what to think about that last item's usefulness: whether it tells us something about Europe, or something about the writer. Oh, and I just found a fine sort of parallel article, if not always encouraging, about American Catholic Youth and the Pope by Peter Steinfels, in his always-interesting "Beliefs" column, so that goes in, too.

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