A big hat to fill

Wise decision for a misguided church Marcus Clem | copy editor Pope Benedict XVI is right to recognize that infirm octogenarians cannot lead the single-largest unified religious institution on planet Earth. Would that this degree of wisdom and ability to recognize reality permeate throughout the Catholic Church from which he is retiring. Some will say that because I’m not Catholic, and, in fact, not much of a Christian at all, I have no right to pronounce judgment on the tenure of a prelate. Naturally, I disagree, but more important, this is a distraction. Other than being a religious institution, the Catholic Church is a political and a social one, and that means it affects people…

Catholics look beyond Benedict

Sophmore in Business Management receives her ash cross from Father Adam Keiter at the Newman Center on Feburary 13th.

Gretchen Burns | managing editor On Monday, Feb. 11, the Roman Catholic Church confronted a dilemma that it hasn’t faced in over 700 years; the resignation of the Holy Father. Pope Benedict XVI spoke a small amount of Latin, leaving the Church to replace him before Easter, claiming that he no longer had the strength of mind and his body had diminished to the point that he could not carry on his duties. Megan Schenk admires Benedict for his decision. “I think it’s really unfortunate, but necessary. The demands of the position have changed a lot in 2000 years, and the pope needs to be in good enough health to do a lot of traveling,”…