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the pope who showed up

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Apr 06, 2006

Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., associate professor of theology at Boston College, was part of a faculty panel of theologians evaluating the first year of Benedict XVI's pontificate:

Hinsdale opened her segment by giving the pope a "C+++" as an overall grade. She explained that "a C is gentlemanly. It means that not much significant has happened, but you showed up." Also, the three pluses stood for the three main topics she discussed: "culture, consultation, and continuity."

Her apprehension and concerns came from Benedict's dealings with culture. While all panel members called Benedict a great listener, citing that as the reason he was elected, Hinsdale brought up a concern about his ability. "My concern is if he will continue to listen to culture," said Hinsdale. "The church is in danger of becoming irrelevant to the youth."

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