Anna Nussbaun Keating '06 | Mar. 20, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
Over time I came to respect and revere this complicated and humble man whose views transcended American political categories. Although I still disagreed with many of the positions he took, for example on same-sex marriage, I nevertheless found him to be a profound and humble voice in a world dominated by secularism and fundamentalism. He surprised me with humility, compassion and scholarship. Here was an academic who had not wanted to be pope but who nevertheless rose to the task in his 80s and tried to make the Church’s teachings accessible to a world that no longer knew if they were needed. Perhaps he deserves a parting glance.