The Pope and the future

So what does the future hold under a man some are calling "a transitional Pope"? It depends upon who you ask. If you ask Benedict XVI himself, he might say:

"... His (Peter's) current successor takes as his primary task that of working -- sparing no energies -- to reconstitute the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers. This is his ambition, this is his pressing duty. He is aware that showing good sentiments is not enough for this. Concrete acts that enter souls and move consciences are needed."

James Witman
of Ecuador thinks Benedict XVI should do some investigating:

I think the next pope should find out why so many Latin American Catholics are leaving the church for other Christian groups. The Roman Catholic church does not serve the needs of an inquiring person searching for a life closer to Jesus. They find it in groups such as Jehovas Witnesses, Mormons, and evangelical Christian groups. The Roman Catholic church should ask why.

Several world leaders are on record with praising words, others have a slightly more eclectic view of where the Papacy and the world are going.


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