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Mar 4, 2013

Ex-Benedict: what now for the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church has some serious soul-searching to do in the wake of Benedict's resignation to decide its future, writes Vatican-based journalist Desmond O'Grady.

There are some 3000 journalists in the Vatican for the papal election, on top of the normal 476; terraces that have a view of St Peter’s Basilica, where the new pope will make his first public appearance, are being let to TV crews for 1000 euros a day; bookings for Roman hotels in the conclave period have spiked. Some have come to enjoy the demise of the papacy, others to celebrate its resurrection.

Today, the  cardinals begin their first formal meetings to decide when the conclave will begin and draw up an identikit of the new pope.

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5 thoughts on “Ex-Benedict: what now for the Catholic Church?

  1. trash

    Stupid question, but why do we continue to follow this? I don’t see anything like the volume of coverage when the highest individual in Sikhism, Islam, Coptic, Hinduism, Anglicanism, gets swapped out. Why does Rome have such a disproportionate lock on our attention?

  2. mikeb

    @trash. That’s because the “highest individual” in those “religions” either don’t exist or don’t rate.

  3. QUIGLEY JOSEPH

    Would that the Irish/American Cardinals had Desmond O’Grady’s perspicacity but then they can hardly help taking a princely (if a ecclesiastical one) view of the Papacy rather than a principled one.
    Why are the mass media interested?
    The fascination of the media with the Papacy and Vatican politics is easily explained. They concern an elected monarchy whose shenanigans down through the ages have not prevented it from establishing a mind-controlled empire with adherents on every continent.
    Now that sex and abdication have come into the mix the Windsors are almost dull by comparison.

  4. Rena Zurawel

    Attack on Catholic Church is beyond comprehension.
    Other churches, equally powerfull and ‘controversial’ on many issues, (behavipural included) do not attract so much media attention. Just wondering…

  5. zut alors

    What now for the Catholic Church? Same old, same old…

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