There have no doubt been hundreds of special television programs aired around the world looking at the remarkable events surrounding the abdication of Pope Benedict, but I’m naturally more inclined to have seen shows in Australia. And I certainly recommend viewing this show, Beyond Benedict, which was hosted by renowned religion journalist Geraldine Doogue, who does seem to push her own views quite firmly in the program.
There was a great lineup — Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, who worked at the Vatican for several years; Catherine Pepinster, editor of The Tablet (UK); Jesuit priest and constitutional lawyer Frank Brennan; and ABC Religion Report presenter Andrew West. I don’t agree with everything the panel had to say about the Pope’s achievements and failings and also their view of where the Church might (or should) look next, but the debate is robust and intelligent. I think it’s 45 minutes worth spending.