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Choice of new pope won’t change church’s teaching, duties of faithful

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Since the lava flow of media commentaries about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation began nearly two weeks ago, dozens of people have asked me why the Holy Father “really” resigned, and who the next pope is likely to be. Given the extraordinary nature of the event, both questions are inevitable. Happily, Benedict’s reasoning has been simple and clear. The church faces serious challenges worldwide. At 85, his declining health and energy impede his ability to serve ...


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