The Papal Transition: Historical Precedent and Global Catholic Culture
For the first time since the Great Western Schism, a sitting pope is stepping down. This dramatic exit as raised seemingly innumerable and complex questions. From where in the world will the next pontiff come? What will now be Pope Benedict XVI's role be after the transition? Will this precedent create a more common practice among aged Church leaders? How will the global Catholic voice respond to this historic passage, and is it a harbinger of further change in an institution which stretches back so far, and attempts to minister to so many? Stay in step with our conversation throughout the process at Humanities Mentor Blog.
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With an election that proved much quicker than many expected, the Papal Conclave introduced us to the newest pope of the Catholic Church this last Wednesday: Francis I. Formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, this new pope is one of many significant firsts. For one, he is the first pope of the modern age to hail from outside Europe. Interestingly, not a single individual who ... read more.
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We are currently calling for any creative submissions related to the current papal transition or to any subject related to papal history or the history and culture surrounding the Catholic Church. Submissions can be in pretty much any form: essays, articles, videos, poems, etc.
Lesson Series: The Rise of Monasticism
1. Introduction: Monasteries & the Coming of Monks
2. The Early Search for Purpose: Hermits & Scholars
3. The Early Search for Structure: St. Benedict's Code
4. Monasticism, St. Jerome & the Vulgate
5. The Venerable Bede & the Writing of History
6. The Growth of Irish Monasticism
7. Reform at Cluny
8. Reform Continues: Cistercians, Mendicants, Dominicans & Franciscans
9. Women & Monasticism
The Nature of Papal Conclaves
Papal Election Research Guide at Georgetown law Library
The Library of Congress explains some of the new election rules instituted by Pope Benedict XVI.
Next Month's Topic
Industrialization, Family & Society: Inspired by the Satire of Dicken's Hard Times
Next month (July) we are excepting submissions of all kinds regarding industrialization and its affects on the common worker and the family. While we are giving special attention to the characterization of Industrialization found in the celebrated novel Hard Times, submissions need not pertain to or discuss Dicken's work explicitly; they need only relate to the subject matter. Remember that we're looking for articles, essays, poetry, original artwork, video and other. Whatever medium you work with is of interest to us.