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Pope-emeritus Benedict sees continuity with teaching of Pope Francis

March 12, 2018

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI writes of the “interior continunity” between his teaching and that of Pope Francis, in a letter made public on March 12. As the Vatican unveiled a collection of books on “The Theology of Pope Francis,” Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano presented the former Pontiff’s letter.

In his letter, Benedict rejects the notion that Pope Francis is not properly trained in theology. The retired Pontiff also rejects the idea that he himself was not attuned to the pastoral needs of the faithful: a criticism that has been raised by some who see Pope Francis as a welcome break from his predecessor.

Benedict writes of “the foolish prejudice of those who see Pope Francis as someone who lacks a particular theological and philosophical formation, while I would have been solely a theorist of theology with little understanding of the concrete lives of today’s Christians.”


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  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Mar. 13, 2018 8:06 AM ET USA

    If I'm a fan of Benedict's (which I am) and know his thinking fairly well, then why don't I see what he's seeing?

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Mar. 12, 2018 7:15 PM ET USA

    It would be helpful to know what Pope-emeritus Benedict means by “interior unity.” And what does he have to say about academics like Professor Josef Seifert, and others, who have been punished because they politely and reasonably disagreed with this pope?

  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Mar. 12, 2018 6:24 PM ET USA

    Obviously Benedict has been kept in the dark, because a process theologian, like Francis, is not even in accord with Godliness, and a moral relativist, like Francis, who justifies the taking of innocent human life for "proportionate" reasons is not in accord with minimal human decency.