Fuller Professor Responds in Light of Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation
Pope Benedict XVI has direct influence over 1.1 billion
Catholics, not including those outside the church who still consider the Pope
as a vital resource for theological wisdom.
The average Catholic,
according to Juan Martinez, Associate Provost for Diversity and International
Programs, will be a relatively poor, young mother from Brazil, the Philippines
or sub-Saharan Africa.
"Her issues and what she expects and how she defines
her faith and what she expects from the church in her walk of faith, look
extremely different," Martinez said.
In this context, she and other Catholics like her look to
the Pope for guidance and discernment, making his decision to resign all the
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