Joseph Ratzinger began the next phase of his life in the Roman Catholic Church today, stepping down from his position as Pope Benedict XVI to begin a quieter, less public life as "Benedict, pontiff emeritus." Cardinals will soon begin the process to select his successor.
WNYC's Amy Eddings is hosting conversations with Catholics to find out what anxieties, concerns and hopes they have during this time of transition. We're hearing this week from two priests, both from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
"The biggest challenge that we face is evangelization, trying to evangelize people who are baptized Catholic but don't practice their faith, and perhaps others in the community who have no relationship with God whatsoever or are looking for something. How can we [...] reach out and make people feel welcome? Technology needs to be a big part of it."
"People are looking for the new pope to help us move ahead because we seem to be bogged down at this point, in a tradition that doesn't have the same values that it used to have. My people are really good, loyal Catholics from the West Indies, the Caribbean, from Puerto Rico, from Mexico. They see things that don't make sense in their cultural terms. So there needs to be a better understanding of cultural diversity in the Church."