I have recently been asked to write a short chapter on “Benedict and Youth” for a book celebrating the fifth anniversary of his election as Pope. As part of my preparation for this endeavor, I am hoping to hear from some of the young people in our audience. I would very much appreciate if those readers who consider themselves youth would take a minute to share their ideas about our current Holy Father. (If you want to share your ideas with me, but not to have them made public, simply note this in your comment and I will honor your request in the moderation process.)
Some questions to consider for your reflection:
What is your favorite thing about Pope Benedict?
What is your least favorite thing about him?
Have you read any of his books? Which is your favorite/least-favorite? Why?
Where do you get most of your information about Benedict?
What has surprised you about his pontificate?
What has been his best move as Pope? What has been his worst?
What hopes do you have for the rest of his pontificate? What fears?
Please do not feel that you must limit your responses to these questions. They are meant as inspiration, not boundaries. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.
Brett Salkeld is a doctoral student in theology at Regis College in Toronto. He is a father of two (so far) and husband of one.