Catholicism is nothing if not social, committed to the principles of the Sermon on the Mount, antagonistic to the status quo. Catholicism is radical, communitarian, open to all cultures and ethnicities – hence “catholic,” universal.
Yet, the great difficulty of every pope is that he is the final protector of traditional belief. The Catholic Church is evidently a conservative institution. It does not pander to the latest fads and fashions; it is vigilant over its traditions of belief and practice. It does not fall into the trap of believing that, unaided by grace, human nature is perfectible. more> http://tinyurl.com/b4lsssf
- Cardinals head to conclave to elect pope for troubled Church, Crispian Balmer and Philip Pullella, Reuters
- What to Look for in a New Pope, Peggy Noonan, WSJ.com
- Cardinals to begin papal conclave with no obvious favourite, John Hooper, Guardian
- Governance a top issue in 2013 conclave, John L. Allen Jr., National Catholic Reporter