If you haven’t heard, the College of Cardinals has set a start date for the conclave: next Tuesday, March 12. A Mass pro eligendo Romano Pontifice—for the election of a new Roman Pontiff—will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica that morning.
Yesterday, I had the chance to sit down with Maureen Ferguson of the Catholic Association and Jonathan Hunt on Fox News Live to talk about what is on the minds of the Cardinals as they head into the conclave and what we might expect from the next pope.
Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues. Since 2005, Mr. White has been coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society: a three week seminar on Catholic social teaching, with an emphasis on the thought of Blessed John Paul II, which takes place every summer in Kraków, Poland. He studied politics at the University of Dallas and philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the St. Patrick's Evangelisation School in London, England.