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An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI
Russell D. Moore, Moore to the Point

With Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation this morning, evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might view the departure of his rival team’s head coach. But the global stakes are much, much higher.

Benedict: Last of the Heroic Generation
R.R. Reno, First Things

With the announcement of his resignation, Pope Benedict signals the end of the heroic generation.

The Pope Abdicates
Ross Douthat, New York Times

During his pontificate and the years of influence that preceded it, Benedict XVI was often stereotyped as an arch-traditionalist, but his next-to-unprecedented decision to abdicate the papal throne may be one of the most striking concessions to modernity a recent pope has made.

Orthodox-Catholic relations won’t be affected by change of Vatican leader – Russian Church
Interfax

The Moscow Patriarchate hopes relations between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches will be developing as previously when a new pope is elected.

Evangelicals: Benedict has been a ‘friend of life’
Erin Roach, Baptist Press

As the world reacted to the unexpected news that Pope Benedict XVI would become the first pope in six centuries to resign, evangelicals acknowledged major theological differences while citing Benedict’s commitment to human dignity as a key part of his legacy.

Papal Resignations — A Historian’s Take
Kevin White, Mere Orthodoxy

As a historian, and one whose work covers part of the Middle Ages, Pope Benedict’s resignation was equal parts surprising and fascinating.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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