First, Juan Cole in Informed Comment talks about the possibility of Catholics and Muslims creating greater cooperation once Benedict 16 is gone. One the commenters to Cole's wonderful post dissents a bit and says,
Yes, it would be better if the future pope is open to all religions and works toward a better understanding between different religions, of course, but I don’t hold my breath.Amy Goodman on Democracy Now had a wonderful interview with Barbara Blaine, president and founder of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, and Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice group. You may recall the Pope coming down hard on the American nuns in Network, and the resulting "Nuns on the Bus!" tour. The link includes the rush transcript.
Then there is Ole Phat Stu, who is hardly a champion of things papal. I want to borrow this photo, which has run a couple of times in his column recently.....but OPS is doubtless dining out on his attitude. Take your time, Stu....It's never a good idea to wolf down German food.