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Ratzinger (Benedict) to Resign as Pope

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 11, 2013 - 7:41am

Pope Benedict is to resign, the first Pope to resign since the middle ages.

To me, politically, Ratzinger was a mistake. Doctrinally, maybe not -- I am not qualified to answer, as a lapsed Catholic who would need a full-on embrace of Rudolf Bultmann's claims to demythologize the New Testament to be brought back into the fold. Unlikely.

But from a rhetorical perspective, Ratzinger left an interesting footprint -- a dialogue with Jurgen Habermas: The Dialectics of Secularization: On Reason and Religion [Joseph Ratzinger, Jürgen Habermas].

I always think that rhetorical studies has a number of scholars who are committed Christians who tend not to speak on issues of faith and religion. If you have insights to share, please share them.

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