November 29, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 16Whole No. 4914 Download PDF

Editorials

Current Comment
Death in Connecticut; How Graphic? Malaria in India
Money and Media
When does the politicking end and the actual work of governing begin?

Articles

The Last Word
Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy
The Catholic case for advance directives

Books and Culture

Books
An Intellectual Pilgrimage
Jeffrey Gros
There is no better window into U.S. Catholicism than the career of Avery Dulles, S.J.
Books
Rebuilding Trust
Thomas J. Shelley
An account of the sexual abuse crisis from a historian and former Franciscan provincial
Theater
Fan Favorites
Michael V. Tueth
'Lombardi' and 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' look at two grand American figures

Columns and Departments

The Word
Bearing Good Fruit
Barbara E. Reid
Faith in Focus
Class Act
Gregory Byrne
What a teacher of English has learned from immigrants
Columns
Blending In
John J. DiIulio, Jr.
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Karen Sue Smith
Poem
After Morning Mass
Tom Furlong
for Bob Leonard, 1931-2009

Web Only

  Pope Benedict Speaks
Benedict XVI, Peter Seewald
In Light of the World journalist Peter Seewald continues a discussion with Pope Benedict XVI he began over 25 years ago in Salt of the Earth, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was prefect for the Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith. In Light, the first book length interview conducted with a sitting pope, Pope Benedict XVI comments on a variety of issues relating to the church and the world at large, including the subject of condoms and AIDS. Here we are happy to provide a few excerpts from that conversation. Light of the World is published by the Catholic Truth Society in England and Ignatius Press in the United States. These translations are taken from the British edition. Pope's Don't Fall from the Sky Holy Father, on April 16, 2005, your seventy-eighth birthday, you told your co-workers how much you were looking forward to your retirement. Three days later you were the leader of the universal Church with 1.2 billion members. Not exactly a project that one saves for his old age. Actually I had expected finally to have some peace and quiet. The fact that I suddenly found myself facing this tremendous task was, as everybody knows, a shock for me. The responsibility is in fact enormous. There was the moment when, as you later said, you felt just as if “a guillotine” were speeding down on you. Yes, the thought of the guillotine occurred to me: Now it falls down and hits you. I had been so sure that this office was not my calling, but that God would now grant me some peace and quiet after strenuous years. But then I could only say, explain to myself: God’s will is apparently otherwise, and something new and completely different is beginning for me. He will be with me. In the so-called “room of tears” during a conclave three sets of robes lie waiting for the future Pope. One is long, one short, one middle-sized. What was going through your head in that room, in which so many new Pontiffs are said to have broken down? Does one wonder again here, at the very latest: Why me? What does God want of me? Actually at that moment one is first of all occupied by very practical, external things. One has to see how to deal with the robes and such. Moreover I knew that very soon I would have to say a few words out on the balcony, and I began to think about what I could say. Besides, even at the moment when it hit me, all I was able to say to the Lord was simply: “What are you doing with me? Now the responsibility is yours. You must lead me! I can’t do it. If you wanted me, then you must also help me!” In this sense, I stood, let us say, in an urgent dialogue relationship with the Lord: if he does the one thing he must also do the other. Did John Paul II want to have you as his successor? That I do not know. I think he left it entirely up to the dear Lord.
  Resources for Advance Directives
Maurice Timothy Reidy
Daniel P.