Pope Benedict XVI http://wamc.org en 5/22/13 - Panel http://wamc.org/post/52213-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.</p><p>This morning our discussion topics include:<br>Osama Pics<br>Post Tornado Efforts<br>Immigration Reform Passes Hurdle<br>Pope's Exorcism?<br>Apple's Taxes<br>Disney's "Brave" redesign</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 65265 at http://wamc.org 5 Things About Popes And Their Names; Like, Why Do They Change Them? http://wamc.org/post/5-things-about-popes-and-their-names-why-do-they-change-them <strong>Update at 5 p.m., March 13:</strong> The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/13/174201655/a-pope-is-chosen" target="_blank">new pope's name will be Francis</a> — one that hasn't been used before.<p><strong>Our original post, written before Pope Francis was chosen:</strong><p>It's not required, but it's almost surely going to happen:<p>The man chosen to be <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/12/174083706/watch-for-the-white-smoke-cardinals-begin-conclave-to-select-next-pope" target="_blank">the next pope</a> will choose a new name — one other than what Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 59684 at http://wamc.org 5 Things About Popes And Their Names; Like, Why Do They Change Them? Williams College president emeritus on Vatican upheaval http://wamc.org/post/williams-college-president-emeritus-vatican-upheaval <p>News this week that Pope Benedict will resign effective at the end of this month took the world by surprise, with observers quick to note that it had been 600 years since the last papal resignation. Almost as quickly, reporters began compiling lists of possible replacements. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with papal expert and historian Dr. Francis Oakley, <a href="http://archives.williams.edu/presidents/oakley.php">President Emeritus</a> of Williams College, about what led to this extraordinary moment in Vatican City and what might come next.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 57734 at http://wamc.org Williams College president emeritus on Vatican upheaval "Why Priests?" by Garry Wills http://wamc.org/post/why-priests-garry-wills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just days after the Pope announced his resignation; we will talk about the priesthood with Garry Wills. Bestselling author of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Papal Sin</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Why I Am a Catholic?</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Wills spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself.</span></p><p>But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset?</p><p>His new book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670024872/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0670024872&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0670024872" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 57905 at http://wamc.org "Why Priests?" by Garry Wills As Pope Benedict XVI Resigns, Professor Says Church Faces Challenges http://wamc.org/post/pope-benedict-xvi-resigns-professor-says-church-faces-challenges <p>Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning that he would resign February 28. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, citing his failing health.</p><p>As to whether the announcement really did come as a surprise...</p><p>That is Thomas Groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College.</p><p>Dennis Poust agrees.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:14:29 +0000 Allison Dunne 57586 at http://wamc.org As Pope Benedict XVI Resigns, Professor Says Church Faces Challenges NY Cardinal Dolan: Electing pope all new to him http://wamc.org/post/ny-cardinal-dolan-electing-pope-all-new-him <p>NEW YORK (AP) — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says electing a new pope is all new to him since he's still learning what it means to be archbishop.<br><br>At a news conference Monday, Dolan quipped he was "still writing thank-you notes from when I was made a cardinal" last year.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:04:43 +0000 Associated Press 57569 at http://wamc.org NY Cardinal Dolan: Electing pope all new to him Vatican announces pope's retirement http://wamc.org/post/vatican-announces-popes-retirement <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.</p><p>The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.</p><p>He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:21:20 +0000 Associated Press 57548 at http://wamc.org Vatican announces pope's retirement