Letters: May 23, 2005

Inside the Mind of the Pope

Readers responded to our stories on the new Pontiff, some with celebration, some with disillusionment. Conservative Catholics rejoiced in the selection of a man known as John Paul II's strong right hand. Progressives expressed a feeling that any hope for a reformist papacy will have to wait

"Let Benedict XVI begin his papacy tabula rasa, unhindered by his reputation. Give him a chance to show himself as our shepherd."

ELLEN SZALINSKI -- Chicago

TIME's cover stories on the election of Pope Benedict XVI and about his religious philosophy were excellent [May 2]. I believe he...

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