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eNewsletter Subject: Pope Francis and Pope Benedict

There has been a great deal of speculation on the meaning of a letter Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote about the theological work of Pope Francis: Pope-emeritus Benedict sees continuity with teaching of Pope Francis.

Here is the full text of the letter from the Pope-emeritus, which could be read as a defense of Benedict’s care for the Church, an acknowledgement that Pope Francis has been well-trained theologically, or an exercise in damning with very faint praise.

My advice: Don’t worry about it.

Perhaps more interesting is the report from an Indian cardinal that the reform of the Curia is nearly complete. I say that in light of Phil Lawler’s assessment: Vatican reforms are stalled. The question is: why?


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