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What’s Ahead for the Roman Catholic Church?

10 am Thursday on WILL-AM's Focus

Pope Benedict XVI gives a blessing

Pope Benedict XVI gives a blessing Wikimedia Commons

Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in more than 600 years and cites health reasons for his decision to do so. We’ll talk about how that will affect the Roman Catholic Church and the process and politics involved with conclave. Host Jim Meadows will also talk with U of I-Chicago associate professor of history and Catholic studies Kevin Schultz about what the Pope’s resignation means for members of the Roman Catholic Church and for the rest of us. We’ll also talk about the church’s declining membership and what leaders are trying to do to reverse the trend and how the Pope plays a role in that. Tom Roberts, editor at large for the National Catholic Reporter, also joins the program.