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*Image: John Newman by Emmeline Deane, 1899 [National Portrait Gallery, London]. Miss Deane (1858 – 1944) painted St. John Henry Newman the year before he died at 89. (Emmeline Dean was the aunt of P.G. Wodehouse.)

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 30, 2022

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

News has come from Rome that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is very ill. I have no special insight into the gravity of his illness, but the fact that Pope Francis publicly asked everyone to pray for him suggests the situation is serious. Benedict is 95 years old; we would do well to take Francis’ exhortation to heart.

The office of the bishop of Rome, and the office of bishop in general, has developed significantly over the last half-century. The Second Vatican Council’s theological treatments of the episcopal office – most notably in Lumen Gentium and Christus Dominus – are obvious examples. …

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