“Expectations for the papacy need to change.
“Real reform can return the governance of the church to the bishops in true partnership with the pope, and reduice the curia to the status of a modest administrative apparatus. Perhaps, as some have speculated, this is what Benedict’ hoped to set in motion in taking the exceptional step of resigning. Let’s hope so…
“If we are not to despair of the worthy project pursued by the bishops at Vatican II, the whole church, and not just Peter’s successor, must now be allowed to take responsiblity for it.”
–Editorial from Commonweal, March 8, 2013