Theological impact of Benedict XVI assessed, on his 90th birthday

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Apr 17, 2017

As Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI turned 90, two interesting articles appeared to measure his impact on Catholic theology:

In the National Catholic Register, Father Raymond de Souza observes that the retired Pope—who was baptized at the Easter vigil on the very day of his birth—has always centered his thought on the action of the liturgy.

For Crux, Father Robert Imbelli makes a related point, emphasizing Benedict’s focus on “active participation” in the liturgy, and explains what that terms means to the former Pope.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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