The legacy of Pope Benedict and hopes for the future of the Catholic church

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GUESTS:  SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL, WILLIAM MADGES, BETHANY WELCH

Cardinals from across the globe have gathered in Vatican City in preparation for the conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.  Pope Benedict announced his resignation from the papacy in February citing his advancing age.  The new pope faces enormous leadership challenges including the effects of sexual abuse scandals in the United States and Europe, claims of corruption in the Vatican, and calls to modernize church doctrine when it comes to the role of women. In this hour of Radio Times we’ll talk with three practicing Catholics about the legacy of Pope Benedict and their hopes for the future of the Catholic Church and its leadership.  Our guests are SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL, executive director of Network, St. Joseph’s University theologian and dean WILLIAM MADGES,  and BETHANY WELCH, founding director of the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia

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