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COLUMNS

5 CL I F FORD LONGLEY

‘Benedict may have realised that the Church needed freedom but retreated’

1 2 CHRISTOPHER HOWSE’S

PRESSWATCH ‘A bookmaker sent out email press releases of odds on the morning of the resignation’

3 0 NOTEBOOK 3 1 L ETTERS 3 2 THE L I V I NG S P I R I T 3 3 PUZZLES

BOOKS

3 4 BR I AN MORTON

Reinventing Bach Paul Elie ROBERT CARVER Corduroy Adrian Bell A Late Education Alan Moorehead

GABRIEL EVERITT Beauty in the Word: rethinking the foundations of education Stratford Caldecott

CLARISSA BURDEN Where the Devil Can’t Go Anya Lipska

ARTS

3 7 F EATURE

Rick Jones Benjamin Britten’s sacred music

THEATRE Mark Lawson The Captain of Köpenick and Port

T E L EV I S I ON John Morrish The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Music

RADIO D.J. Taylor Pierrot Hero: the Story of Clifford Essex

CONTENTS

1 6 F EBRUARY 2 0 1 3

F EATURES

■ RESIGNATION OF POPE BENEDICT XVI: SPECIAL FOCUS

4 Into uncharted waters Robert Mickens

Our Rome correspondent, who watched this week’s extraordinary events unfold, judges the measure of a truly historic moment 6 In – and out – of office Michael Walsh

Pontiffs down the ages have bowed out. What clues might these cases hold for the future of our soon-to-be ex-Pope?

7 A radical last act Eamon Duffy

Benedict has shown that he sees the papal role less in quasimythical terms than as a ministry that must be carried out well 8 Who’s in the frame? Elena Curti

The next occupant of the chair of Peter might be a younger man, or one from the developing world. We weigh up the contenders 1 0 Always Christ at the centre Tracey Rowland

Throughout the social and religious upheavals taking place in his career, Benedict has retained a consistent theological perspective 1 0 The Ratzinger reader Alban McCoy

A selection of the best books to give an insight into the man 1 3 Rottweiler to shepherd: the rise of

Joseph Ratzinger The Tablet analysis Jewish perspective Edward Kessler ‘On a theological level, he contributed no development’ Anglican perspective John Hall ‘Much in his pontificate has been paradoxical’ Muslim perspective Abdal Hakim Murad ‘A surprisingly fruitful period for dialogue and understanding’ 2 9 Lent meditation: Death and the raven

Brian Morton Our series looking at the life and mission of St Columba continues

4 0 THE CHURCH I N THE WORLD

Benedict resigns to make way for a ‘stronger’ man 4 2 L ETTER FROM ROME 4 3 NEWS FROM BRITAIN AND I RELAND

Shocked bishops salute humble Pope

COVER ILLUSTRATION: REUTERS/GIAMPIERO ESPOSITO

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