Amy Eddings is the local host of “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 PM until 8 PM weekdays. She started hosting in 2004, after long-time host JoAnn Allen left for the West Coast. Before ATC, Amy was a reporter. Her favorite topics were--and still are--garbage and recycling, which she still reports on whenever she can get out of the studio.
Catholic Conversations: Priests on the Papacy
Thursday, February 28, 2013
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."