The National Catholic Review

April 18, 2005

Vol. 192 No. 13Whole No. 4688


The Legacy of John Paul II

Even those who disagreed with Pope John Paul II admired his honesty and conviction.


The Theologian
Avery Dulles

As bishop and later as pope, John Paul II did not have the freedom to propose purely personal theological positions in his official documents.

Cardinals in Conclave: A Troubled History
John W. OMalley

After more than a quarter-century, cardinals from around the world are once again gathering in the Vatican, soon to be sequestered “in conclave” for as long as it takes to elect a new pope.

A Jewish Perspective
Rabbi A. James Rudin
Because Karol Joseph Wojtyla was Polish-born, his election as pope on Oct. 16, 1978, was met with widespread skepticism within the Jewish community.
Insights of a Family Friend
Martin E. Marty
Suppose all the people called Roman Catholic had wanted to say goodbye to the pope. Allow them three seconds each for a handshake and a blessing.
The World Leader
John Thavis
Pope John Paul II spent more than 26 years as a dominant figure on the world stage, using his moral leadership to promote human rights, condemn ethical failings and plead for peace.
On Papal Transition
Thomas J. Reese

What happens when the pope dies?


The interregnum and election of a new pope are governed by the rules established in the 1996 constitution Universi Dominici Gregis (Of the Lord’s Whole Flock) of John Paul II.

Books and Culture

Old Man, Long Night
Robert E. Hosmer, Jr.
Derek Walcott published his first book of verse, Twenty Five Poems, at the age of 18, then went on to a career that has produced 20 b
What Eyes Have Seen
Doris Donnelly
An icon bears witness. Maybe that’s why people who know about icons tell us to notice the eyes.
Closing in on the Short List
Ann Rodgers
A dark joke about prognostication concerning the successor to Pope John Paul II is that he outlived many of those once considered most likel

Columns and Departments

The Word
Welcome, One and All
Dianne Bergant
Kathy Rooney