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Pope Benedict steps down Thursday at 8 pm: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University teaching fellow Robert Dennis is available to talk about the resignation of Pope Benedict, which officially happens Thursday at 8 p.m.

Mr. Dennis (who works in the Department of History and specializes in the history of the Vatican and 20th century Canadian Catholicism) says the first resignation of a Pope since 1415 creates a lot of questions about the protocols and behaviour of a retired pope 

“There is really no structure for a retired Pope. After 8 p.m. on Thursday, should people commonly address him as Your Holiness or will he be Your Eminence and or once again Joseph Ratzinger? Should he retire and remain quiet to allow the new Pontiff to work freely without any second guessing? Pope Benedict is a brilliant theologian and writer – to have him retire completely means the Vatican will lose a brilliant mind,” says Mr. Dennis.

 Mr. Dennis can talk about any issue related to Pope Benedict’s resignation and the papal conclave, which is expected to start in mid-March.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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