Papal Transition – It’s More About Continuity Than Change

churchleadershipThe 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.

Loyola Press Resources for the Papal Transition

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.

About Joe Paprocki 2739 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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