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Tuesday 22 February 2022
1 – Benedict XVI and the German Church he served seek forgiveness in very different ways
2 – Israeli authority backs down from Mount of Olives park plan after churches protests
3 – Fr. Michael Lapsley: 2022 Niwano Peace Prize winner
4 – I’ve been on death row for 23 years: Catholic Mass gives me hope in the midst of my suffering
5 – Houses of worship grapple with the future of their online services
Benedict XVI and the German Church he served seek forgiveness in very different ways
The New Yorker looks at the sharp difference in approach between Germany’s bishops and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the issue of abuse, and how the structural changes that this crisis highlights are urgent. Writer Paul Elie, who teaches at Georgetown University (a Jesuit establishment), notes that part of the German church is showing an “openness to change,” including allowing laypeople to play a role in the formation of future bishops. Meanwhile the Pope Emeritus, in his testament letter earlier this month, placed his request for forgiveness only in the perspective of his own redemption, without questioning his methods of government. Paul Elie welcomes the “tender and vulnerable” tone of the Pope’s letter, which reveals a more intimate side of his personality, but he finds it does not align with the expectations of the victims.
The New Yorker, English