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A Church of Different Speeds

The pope’s resignation has broken with the traditions of Roman centralism. The Catholic Church is moving towards a more democratic era.

The pope has resigned. He will be eulogized in history books as the German interim pope. He has demystified the highest office of the Catholic Church, he has stripped the papacy of its divine aura. Imagine the situation – which will soon become reality – of having two popes in Rome, one retired and the other one officiating. Suddenly, the papacy will seem less divine and more worldly than in past centuries.