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Atheist: Catholics Deserve More Than Age as Excuse for Pope’s Resignation

It’s been a week since Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement and with the shock gone, he has returned to several routine traditions, including a week-long spiritual retreat this week in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Despite this normal routine for the Pope, his early retirement is anything but normal and many questions, including on the Catholic child sex abuse scandals, remain for Benedict, who will be stepping down on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. GMT.

To discuss his resignation and more, host Jamila Bey spoke with American Atheist President David Silverman, who says Catholics of the world should demand that the truth come out as to why the pope resigned.


What’s Next For the Papacy?

After Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday his resignation, many have been left wondering—beyond his worry about his health—about why he’ll be leaving so soon. Some say there’s more than just that.

Host Jamila Bey talked with Nicholas Cafardi, a scholar of Canon Law and emeritus dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, to discuss some of the legal questions left in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.