can a new pope reform the church?

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As we count down the last hours of the papacy of Benedict XVI, news continues to pour out from the Vatican. I’ve been spending far too much time reading the latest press releases about the soon to be pope emeritus, I’m hooked on following the changing tides of the long list of papabile. (It’s a good thing that I’m not a gambler.) My jaw has dropped a wee bit more at each new scandal; from the surprising resignation of a Scottish cardinal to the simmering  cauldron of the Vatileaks affair. Too many hours have been spent trying to process it all, and not enough in writing. I hope to put thoughts to words in the next few days.

Meanwhile, here is the latest piece I wrote for the Prairie Messenger. Some believe that reform is not possible with the current roster of conservative cardinals. I’m more optimistic. I believe that conservative theology can go hand in hand with a progressive leadership style. After all, few would call Benedict XVI progressive. Yet, he threw a centuries old tradition of pope-until-death out the window. The key is in reclaiming the Vatican II wisdom of collegiality and subsidiarity. Here is the article….

  Bring back collegiality and subsidiarity in the church