I responded to this poll with the answer no, however, I did so with a certain ambivalence. What moved me the most to respond no was my thinking that Pope John Paul The Great has given us such a great wealth of writings that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of his teachings that another encyclical is not necessary per se.
However, I also realize that this is an important anniversary when may be best celebrated with an encyclical by Benedict XVI. Also, I have the greatest respect for our Pope and his God given ability to write so clearly that a big part of me wants an encyclical as well.
So I am truly torn between trying to give the study of John Paul the Great’s works and something new from Pope Benedict, so I guess my best answer is to leave it up to the good sense of our Holy Father.
Still, I would suggest that whether or not Pope Benedict does write an encyclical to honor this anniversary, I most strongly suggest that all, of us who are involved in these forums, make an effort to read everything we can written by Pope Benedict XVI. Two works, I think, that are especially revelant for this particular thread are, “Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures” and “What It Means to Be a Christian”.
Sorry for being such a “fence-sitter” in my response.