Monday, February 11, 2013
The church needs a successor who can 'create a renewed sense of meaning and hope throughout the Catholic world,' says Gilad Chen.
Monday, February 11
On the heels of this morning's surprising announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would step down from his post, one professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business says the Catholic Church should seek to appoint a successor who can "adapt effectively to current and future crises" and "create a renewed sense of meaning and hope throughout the Catholic world." Gilad Chen, the Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and Department Chair, issued the following reaction through UMD Right Now: Leaders play major roles in corporate, religious, and political organizations. They are particularly critical in setting and executing the vision and direction of an organization, but also in helping to shape and …
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would step down as head of the Catholic Church.
Earlier today came the surprising announcement that Pope Benedict XVI—the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church—would step down from the papacy, becoming the first man to relinquish the role in nearly six hundred years. The 85-year-old pope, who assumed his post in 2005 after the death of John Paul II, declared that his "strength of mind and body... has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." "For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter," the Benedict wrote. The resignation is effective Feb. 28. A Vatican spokesman said the College …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
"Are you following @Pontifex?" Prince George's archdiocese for the Catholic Church asks.
Twitter will soon be the home of 140-character messages from a higher authority, Pope Benedict XVI, and the Catholic archdiocese overseeing Prince George's County is anticipating his arrival into the digital world. "Part of the initiatives of the pope is to try to reach people where they are," said Brie Hall, communications manager for the Archdiocese of Washington, which oversees Prince George's County. "And since Twitter has such a large presence in the digital arena, this is just a good way of sharing the good news with people where they are." The pope, who has been tweeting occasionally on the Vatican's Twitter news feed since last year, will launch his own personal Twitter feed at noon Dec. 12. Within hours after the announcement …