Are popes required to serve for life?

By Joseph McHugh| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican

Catholics have become accustomed to the idea of popes dying in office—after all, 600 years is a long time between papal resignations. But there is no written rule that a pope must serve for life.

Pope Benedict, in his announcement of resignation, said of the papacy that “both strength of mind and body are necessary—strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”


Are popes required to serve for life?

By Joseph McHugh| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican

Catholics have become accustomed to the idea of popes dying in office—after all, 600 years is a long time between papal resignations. But there is no written rule that a pope must serve for life.

Pope Benedict, in his announcement of resignation, said of the papacy that “both strength of mind and body are necessary—strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”


Lasting impressions: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

By Father Robert Imbelli| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind an enduring legacy—and some big challenges for his successor.

Lasting impressions: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

By Father Robert Imbelli| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind an enduring legacy—and some big challenges for his successor.

Alternate endings: Till death do us part isn't always the case with the papacy

By Kathleen Manning| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Most popes take the job to their grave, but a few others before Benedict XVI have opted for early retirement.

Alternate endings: Till death do us part isn't always the case with the papacy

By Kathleen Manning| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Most popes take the job to their grave, but a few others before Benedict XVI have opted for early retirement.

Why did Jesus “descend into hell”?

By John Switzer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

We sometimes say of people that they’ve been “to hell and back.” Christianity says the same thing about our Savior.

The statement is found in the Apostles’ Creed, a profession of faith with origins that may go back to the questions asked of candidates for baptism in the late second century. It reminds us that the saving power of Christ is for all times and all peoples, even those who entered and passed from human history prior to his death and resurrection.


Why did Jesus “descend into hell”?

By John Switzer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

We sometimes say of people that they’ve been “to hell and back.” Christianity says the same thing about our Savior.

The statement is found in the Apostles’ Creed, a profession of faith with origins that may go back to the questions asked of candidates for baptism in the late second century. It reminds us that the saving power of Christ is for all times and all peoples, even those who entered and passed from human history prior to his death and resurrection.


What is the New Evangelization?

By Kevin Considine and Meghan Murphy-Gill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

When Catholics hear the word evangelization, we tend to think of Protestants. This is not surprising. They have been highly visible in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in their own way.


What is the New Evangelization?

By Kevin Considine and Meghan Murphy-Gill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

When Catholics hear the word evangelization, we tend to think of Protestants. This is not surprising. They have been highly visible in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in their own way.


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