The media’s emphasis during this papal transition is all about change – as if one political party is about to replace the current political party and bring in a whole new agenda. While it is true that the Church is always in need of reform, for Catholics, the transition is more about continuity than it is about change. The white smoke and the words “Habemus Papam” are reassuring words that the Chair of St. Peter is filled and the mission of the Church – handed on by Jesus to the Apostles and their successors – marches on.
During this time of transition, Loyola Press is happily providing a number of resources for your own edification and for catechists and teachers to use in catechetical settings.
Likewise, Jared Dees, over at The Religion Teacher, also has some resources that may be helpful during this transition.
For the more digitally-inclined, here are 5 Digital Projects on the Election of Our Pople from Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF
William O’Malley put together some resources as well over at Catechesis in the Third Millenium.
Here are some resources for teens from Life Teen.