MSNBC on Pope’s Resignation: Will Church ‘Come Back Toward the Middle’?

by Andrew Johnson

Reacting to the news that Pope Benedict XVI plans to step down, the Morning Joe panel was quick to politicize the event. “It’s going to be a watershed moment for the Catholic Church. Where do they go?” asked MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle. “Do they go right? The pope took the church even more to the right. Or do they come back toward the middle with the American church in their minds?”