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South African prelate urges Pope to keep writing

February 19, 2013

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the president of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference reflected on Pope Benedict’s resignation.

“It speaks of his absolute honesty: his intellectual honesty, his honesty with himself, and his honesty in wanting to serve the good of the Church,” said Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town. “It is a noble and honorable decision.”

“When he was Cardinal Ratzinger, we saw him as this great intellectual figure, and of course that continued to be manifest in all his writings as Pope as well,” Archbishop Brislin added. “But what came across was how he was a simple and humble man. And this has touched the hearts of people.”

“Thank you for what you have done for the Church and for leading us in these past years,” the prelate concluded. “Just one request: please keep writing. We need your theology and we need your thought in the Church today.”


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