Jason Houston http://kgou.org en Pope Emeritus Benedict's Lessons From 700 Years Ago http://kgou.org/post/pope-emeritus-benedicts-lessons-700-years-ago <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics are celebrating Holy Week, and Pope Francis is preparing for his first Good Friday and Easter Mass as pontiff. It’s been exactly a month since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from the office of the papacy, which has given observers time to reflect on the historic transfer of power.</span></p><p>“This will stand out as a moment that Church historians will talk about for the next 600 years,” said University of Oklahoma Italian language and literature professor <a href="http://modlang.ou.edu/faculty.php?action=display&amp;id=40&amp;language=Italian" target="_blank">Jason Houston</a>. He says if Benedict set a precedent for resignation that future pontiffs would follow, “he has changed the papacy in a way that no one has since probably the 11th Century. [But] I don't think that's going to happen.”</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:55:47 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Brian Hardzinski 2793 at http://kgou.org Pope Emeritus Benedict's Lessons From 700 Years Ago