Passing It On by S. M. Hutchens

Passing It On

Benedict XVI's Fidelity on Behalf of the Faithful

At the election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, the Touchstone editors rejoiced because no one among the other candidates had made a firmer name for himself in standing for the "permanent things" of the Christian faith, the things that have always been our collective first concern, the things of "mere Christianity"—the doctrines of the Creed and their moral accompaniments, things that have been, according to the Vincentian canon, believed everywhere, at all times, and by all Christians.

The Christian faith itself in all these matters is an enduring offense, an offense that beg . . .