E.J. Dionne Jr. is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post. He is the author of “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.”
In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff.