The Next PopeThe Office of Peter and a Church in Mission
Author George Weigel examines the major challenges the next pontificate must address as the Church enters new, uncharted territory.
“In the 21st-century world, the pope matters: and not only to Catholics but to world leaders, Christians, Jews, and people of all faiths and none.”
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Join JD Flynn, editor-in-chief at Catholic News Agency, and Mark Brumley, President of Ignatius Press, for a discussion of the book, The Next Pope, with author George Weigel.
In Conversation with George Weigel
Why is there such a large pool of possible popes?
The pool of possible future popes has expanded beyond anyone's imagination. I think it's an interesting facet of the recent history of the papacy that the pool of possible popes has expanded beyond anyone's imagination in say the first Conclave of 1978. I mean in...
Age of the next pope? Is the Church ready for a longer pontificate?
The next electorate will be the most diverse in the history of papal conclaves; diverse geographically, ethnically, racially. I do think there's still a kind of bottom threshold. I don't think we're gonna see a pope elected who's in his late 50s or maybe even early...
Why a book about the “next pope” now?
George Weigel discusses what the next pope should be doing in an attempt to link future to past and present. It's important to distinguish what I've done here from what (indistinct) and (indistinct) did in the past. They were publishing scorecards and racing forms ......
About the Author
George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.
He is the New York Times bestselling author of two dozen books, including the two volumes of his internationally acclaimed biography of Saint John Paul II, Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning.