For the first time in 600 years, a Pope has resigned. In the history of the papacy, it’s only happened 5 times. Since then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger took the helm in 1981 of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI has had a profound impact on global Catholicism. Elizabeth Drescher, senior contributor to Religion Dispatches, is on State of Belief this week to take a look at how Pope Benedict’s legacy has affected different groups within the Catholic Church, and the reflections of Catholics marginalized by his policies. Her piece, “Benedict’s Painful Legacy,” appeared this week at Religion Dispatches. Dr. Drescher teaches religion and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University, and is the author of “Tweet If You ♥ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation” and “Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible.” She is currently at work on “Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of Religious Nones.”

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