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The Catholic Church In Transition

As the Catholic Church prepares to appoint a new Pope after the unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, a cloud hangs over the Vatican. Many Catholics are uneasy about the leadership of the church. To discuss the church in transition Christiane sat down with Italian Journalist Marco Politi.

 In his book, “Crisis of a Papacy,” Politi actually predicted the pope might resign, long before the news broke. Leaning on his German heritage, he knew that Pope Benedict wouldn’t allow himself to stay on if the physical and mental stress became too much.

 But beyond the physical and mental stress that go with the position, Politi said he believes that the frequent scandals and controversy surrounding the church pushed him to resign. 

 “This resignation was the last act in a series of crises. (Benedict XVI) is a great thinker, a philosopher and theologian, a preacher. He has not the temper of a leader; he lacks leadership,” Politi said.

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