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Boston Priest Wonders Which Direction Church Will Go After Benedict

Catholics in Boston – and around the world – consider what may be next for the Vatican after Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

Like much of the world, many in Boston not only surprised to see Pope Benedict XVI announce Monday morning that he would resign at the end of the month, they were thinking about what comes next.

"I think everybody is wondering if there will be a continuity or if there will be change," Father Frank Desiderio of The Paulist Center, at 5 Park St., said. "Whatever he does at this point will set a precedent."

Benedict's move is unprecendented in the modern world. The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415, but that was to end a rift in the Catholic world. Benedict, 85, made his decision based on his belief that he could not perform his duties sufficiently because of his age.  

Desiderio said that his best guess is that the cardinals who select the next pope will choose continuity, considering the fact that most of them were picked by Benedict or his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.

“But we don’t know that. God may have different plans," Desiderio added.

Desiderio said he thinks of Benedict as "a teacher, an academic pope. He wasn’t the world traveler and the innovator the way John Paul II was but he was true to his past, which was as a theologian."

Kwum February 12, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Lets all hope it goes in the direction of JUSTICE.. RATzinger ( this pope) was provided detailed documentation of countless Pedophile Priests who molested countless innocent children and of course he PROTECTED them, when petitioned by the victims.. His constant empathy was with the predator priests and NOT with the victims. a True Disgrace and the reason why the church LOST so many parishes( over law suits) and lost so many parishioner attendance.. Shame on Ratzinger and the Vatican. As a Catholic I only hope they FINALLY place a MORAL LEADER in the Vatican with a conscience.

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