Church in Crisis Pope Benedict Polarized More Than Unified

Germany celebrated when Joseph Ratzinger was chosen pope in 2005. Eight years later, however, many are glad to see him go. He was a deeply polarizing figure in his native country and blocked the Catholic Church from launching a badly needed renewal.
Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Monday, becoming the first pope in 619 years to step down from the papacy.

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Monday, becoming the first pope in 619 years to step down from the papacy.

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