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Elise Harris for CNA - The June 28 celebration was held for Benedict in honor of the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, which took place June 29, 1951 – the feast of Saints Peter and Paul – in the cathedral of Freising. His older brother Georg, who is still living today and was present for the ceremony, was ordained with him.After the choir singing sacred polyphony had finished, Benedict listened to brief speeches made by Pope Francis; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, and Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.Cardinal Muller gifted Benedict several copies of a book containing his homilies on the priesthood printed specifically for the occasion of his anniversary. Benedict in turn gave one to Pope Francis.
In his brief, off-the-cuff speech, Benedict thanked both Cardinal Sodano and Cardinal Muller for their speeches, and for the book.He told Cardinal Sodano that his address, which quoted scripture from the day of Benedict’s ordination and his speech during his visit to Freising in 2006, “truly touched my heart.”Benedict then returned to the word “Efkaristomen (let us give thanks),” which he recalled a fellow priest ordained on the same day had written on the memorial card for his first Mass.This word, he said, hints not only at “the dimensions of human thanksgiving,” but also “the deepest word that is hidden,” and which appears in both the liturgy and Scripture in the expression “gratias agens benedixit fregit deditque,” meaning “having given thanks, he broke it and gave it.”“Efkaristomen sends us again to that reality of thanksgiving, to that new dimension that Christ has given,” Benedict said, explaining that Jesus has transformed into thanksgiving “the cross, suffering and all of the evil in the world.”In doing so, Jesus “fundamentally transubstantiated” life and the world, he said, adding that the Lord both has given and continues to give us daily “the bread of true life, which overcomes the world thanks to the strength of his love.”Benedict closed his address by expressing his hope that all would, with the help of God, help in the “transubstantiation of the world: that it be a world not of death, but of life; a world in which love has overcome death.”In his brief speech, Pope Francis told Benedict that “you continue to serve the Church, you do not cease to really contribute with vigor and wisdom to her growth.”By contributing to the Church and her mission from the small monastery of Mater Ecclesiae inside the Vatican, Benedict represents “anything but these forgotten corners in which today’s culture of waste tends to relegate people when, with age, their strength becomes less,” Francis said.He prayed that the retired Pope would continue to feel the hand of “the merciful God who supports you,” that he would continue to both experience and bear witness to the love of God, and that alongside Peter and Paul, he would “continue to exult with great joy while walking toward the goal of our faith.”
With the Vatican’s official celebration, today, of the 65th Anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s ordination to the priesthood (which occurs tomorrow, June 29, on the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul) we have heard some very beautiful words, and seen for ourselves a bit of the warm regard Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus have for each other.They are worth pondering, the words, the visuals, if only because no pope has ever had the benefit of his predecessor’s presence to him. The American presidency may be an exclusive club but the papacy is even more so — much more so, with only 266 of them over the course of 2,000 years — and up to now it has been the loneliest of lonely thrones, with no one living able to understand what it requires; what it gives, and what it takes, and how the Holy Spirit winds around it.
What exists between Francis and Benedict has never existed before: it is a supernatural brotherhood, exclusive and unlike any other on earth, and perhaps only these two men fully appreciate and understand what Benedict set in motion with his resignation in 2013, and what currents the Barque of Peter must ride before this long and mysterious voyage toward restoration comes to its completion.I think of the two witnesses in Revelation: “two olive trees and the two lampstands…” who fully understand and appreciate each other. And look at their public words, today:There is undisguised regard, there. And if at 89 years of age, Father Benedict looks frail, note that he speaks without notes, extemporaneously and fully cogent, instructive as ever, as he begins his address with, “Holy Father…”.And Francis, reading a prepared text, delivers it with authority and conviction, and unmistakable warmth.
There are, not surprisingly, some who look at this moment today, between these two men, and can see only an opportunity to politicize. “Benedict has publicly endorsed Francis!” shout some headlines, while others on social media mope that neither “corrected” the other, and still others wonder whether Francis wrote his own text, and if not could he really mean the words?What a strange question! As though Ronald Reagan never delivered a speech written by Peggy Noonan, yet meant every word, as demonstrated by his consent to pronounce each one with vigor.With the humility modeled so simply by The Holy Father, and the Pope Emeritus, let us not permit the pungent but passing illusions of ideology, and the need to color every event with their stench, to mar and make malodorous a most poignant moment — a glimpse into something none of us can ever truly understand.And on this eve of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, let us ask their prayers for both men, and for tired rant of a world which we inhabit, in all of our noisy ignorance.
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AP - Benedict XVI has endorsed Pope Francis’s ministry in an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pontiff honouring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.The ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace served in part to show continuity from Benedict to Francis amid continued nostalgia from some conservatives for the former’s tradition-minded papacy.Francis had invited the entire Vatican Curia, or bureaucracy, to celebrate Benedict’s anniversary, and prelates turned out in force for the rare occasion of being able to greet each man in white.While Francis presided, it was Benedict who stole the show with an off-the-cuff mini theology lesson sprinkled with Greek and Latin that showed that the mind of the German theologian is still going strong at 89.In it, Benedict thanked Francis for letting him live out his final years in the beauty of the Vatican gardens, where he said he felt protected.“Thank you, Holy Father, for your goodness, which from the first moment of your election has struck every day of my life,” Benedict said, speaking without notes. “We hope that you can go forward with all of us on this path of divine mercy, showing us the path of Jesus toward God.”Benedict’s vote of confidence may help quell conservative criticism of the current pope’s loose theology, lack of attention to liturgy and emphasis on mercy over morals.Francis has recently dismissed new questions about the implications of Benedict’s resignation by insisting that there is only one pope – him – and that Benedict had pledged his obedience to him on the day he resigned.He told reporters this weekend he felt Benedict “had my back” and was continuing to help the church through his prayers. He added he had heard that Benedict had even chastised some nostalgic faithful who were complaining about the “new pope”.During Tuesday’s ceremony, Francis entered the Clementine Hall to applause from the gathered cardinals and went straight to embrace Benedict, who stood up and removed his white skullcap in a sign of deference. They embraced several more times during the ceremony.Benedict listened intently as Francis addressed him as “Your Holiness”, lauding his 65 years of service to the church and saying his decision to retire to a life of quiet prayer in a small monastery in the Vatican gardens was a very “Franciscan” thing to do.The monastery “is nothing like those forgotten corners where today’s ‘throwaway culture’ tends to put those who lose their strength with age,” Francis said. “Quite the contrary.”The monastery, the pope said, is similar to the Porziuncola, the small chapel in Assisi where his namesake Saint Francis founded his order and then spent his dying days.
Jun 30 16 10:27 PM
Benedict XVI is to discuss the most important parts of his life in a new book interview with German author Peter Seewald, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera has reported.The book, the first of its kind in history and due out in September, will be an autobiographical interview that will cover Joseph Ratzinger's childhood in Nazi Germany, the discovery of his vocation, and his service at the Vatican.Benedict will also touch upon the anxiety he suffered during his first days as Successor of Peter, and his “painful” decision to resign. He will discuss “his faith, his weaknesses, his private life”, Corriere della Sera says, as well as the highs and lows of the papacy, and explain why he chose to resign — a decision initially only communicated to a few trusted people to avoid leaks. According to the article, his account should put to bed talk that his resignation had been due to “alleged blackmail.”In the book, Benedict also looks at his successor, Pope Francis: "Two different figures, two different ways of understanding the Papacy: the Pope emeritus outlines the differences and his own peculiarities and those of Bergoglio," the article says.Peter Seewald is well known for writing book interviews with Joseph Ratzinger, first when he was a cardinal (Salt of the Earth), and then as Pope (Light of the World).The book’s Italian edition is expected to be published Sept. 9 and run to 240 pages.
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Benedict XVI says he dismantled Vatican’s ‘gay lobby’In a new interview book to appear in September, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI says there was indeed a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican, but says it only had four or five members, that he dismantled it, and that it was not the reason he resigned in February 2013. ROME - During the days following his historic resignation, many observers speculated that an alleged “gay lobby” within the Vatican had pressured Benedict XVI to step down. In a new interview-book, the emeritus pope admits to the existence of such a lobby, but says it had only “four or five members” and that he’d managed to dismantle it.Benedict XVI, Final Conversations is the title of the book to be released worldwide on September 9.This is the first time a pope, or a pope emeritus, has acknowledged on the record that the Vatican either has or had a “gay lobby”. Pope Francis reportedly said one existed soon after his election in 2013, when he had a private meeting with the leaders of the Latin American Confederation of Religious Orders (CLAR).Yet the Vatican said that encounter was a private one, and CLAR released a statement saying the words couldn’t be attributed to the pope.Soon afterwards, on a flight back from Brazil in July 2013, when he delivered his famous “Who am I to judge” soundbite, Francis was dismissive of the idea of a lobby, saying that even though much has been written about it, “I still haven’t found anyone with an identity card in the Vatican with ‘gay’ on it.”He distinguished between a person being gay and forming a lobby, saying, “[A gay lobby] is not good.”In effect, what Vatican-watchers mean by a “gay lobby” is a network of gay clergy who protect one another’s secrets and try to help one another inside the system.In the 240-page conversation between Benedict and German writer Peter Seewald, the pope emeritus also talks about his papacy and that of his successor, his resignation, and his life as retired pontiff.This is the fourth time the conversations between the two have resulted in a book. The first two were from when Benedict was still cardinal, in 1996 and 2000. The last one, Light of the World, came out in 2010.According to Italian journalist Luigi Accattoli, who previewed the book on Friday’s edition of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Benedict speaks both about what he has in common with Pope Francis, and about that which distinguishes the two.Accattoli says that Benedict talks about following Francis’ election on TV from Castel Gandolfo, a summer papal residence where he stayed during the first days after his resignation.“[Benedict] admits to being ‘surprised’ by the name of his successor: he had thought of some names, ‘but not his,’” Accattoli writes.However, “after the surprise came the ‘joy’ of seeing how the new pope prayed and communicated with the crowd,” he adds.Pope Francis and his predecessor were recently seen together, celebrating Benedict’s 65th anniversary of priestly ordination, marked on June 29, when the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, also known as the “Pope’s Day.On his resignation, the pope emeritus says that he only included a “few people” in his decision because he feared the news would leak. He also says he made the announcement in Latin instead of Italian because, despite having lived in Rome for over three decades, Benedict was afraid of making a grammatical mistake in the local language.Benedict also acknowledges that he lacked decisiveness in governing, saying that he’d presented St. John Paul II with his resignation from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith only to have it denied time and time again.He says he kept notes during his papacy regarding many issues, which he’s planning to destroy.Yet the first man to step down from the See of Peter in 600 years rejects the idea of having been a pope too “concentrated on studying and writing,” and rejects the label of a “restorer” when it comes to liturgy, meaning someone who sought to turn back the clock on the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).From his childhood, his growing up in Nazi-controlled Germany, the reason behind choosing his papal name and his attempts at cleaning up the “dirt in the Church,” meaning the clerical sexual abuse, the short preview released on Friday suggests that no topic was off the table.In effect, it’s the first time in history a pope emeritus has offered an appraisal of his own papacy.
Ratzinger: I managed to break up the “gay lobby” in the VaticanIn a book of memoirs that is due out soon, the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI admits the existence of a pressure group made up of four to five peopleThe book has not even been released yet and it has sparked controversy. It is titled “Ultime conversazioni” (Final Conversations) and is an interview conducted by German journalist Peter Seewald, who has already authored three books based on conversations he has had with Joseph Ratzinger, two when he was cardinal and two when he was Pope. It will be published in September 2016 by Italian publisher Garzanti. The veteran Vatican correspondent, Luigi Accattoli, will be offering a preview of some of the contents in an insert that will come with Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. In the book there is a passage in which Benedict XVI “admits he knew about the presence of a ‘gay lobby’, made up of four or five people, in the Vatican. He says he managed to break this pressure group up. This information is completely new,” says Accattoli. In the book, the Pope Emeritus dismisses the criticisms of those who consider him too “academic” and too focused on his studies and writing and refuses to be considered as a “renovator” in the liturgical context. He discusses his attempts to reform the IOR and the plague of paedophilia, underlining the difficulties a Pope faces when he seeks to deal with the “filth in the Church”. He talks about how he prepared his resignation in utmost secrecy and admitted that he was “surprised” when he learnt the name of his successor: he had some names in mind “but not his”. He speaks of “joy” he feels about the way in which the new Pope prays and communicates with the crowd and describes Francis the man and Francis the Pope, commenting on the things the two have in common and what distinguishes them. There had been talk about a gay network in the Vatican at the time of the first Vatileaks scandal: rumour had it that an entire chapter of the “relatio”, the conclusions of the internal investigation entrusted to Curia cardinals Julian Herranz, Salvatore De Giorgi and Jozef Tomko, had apparently been devoted to this alleged pressure group. In June 2013, Pope Francis touched on this in his speech to the leaders of the Latin American Confederation of Religious Orders (CLAR). The conversation had take place behind closed doors and its contents were not meant to go public but a summary was published on Chilean website Reflexión y Liberación. A few weeks later, in the first in-flight press conference the Pope participated in on the plane from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, in July 2013, he answered a question on this: “So much is written about the gay lobby. I still haven’t found anyone with an identity card in the Vatican with “gay” on it. They say there are some there. I believe that when you are dealing with such a person, you must distinguish between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of someone forming a lobby, because not all lobbies are good. This one is not good. If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in a beautiful way, saying ... wait a moment, how does it say it ... it says: “no one should marginalize these people for this, they must be integrated into society”. The problem is not having this tendency, no, we must be brothers and sisters to one another, and there is this one and there is that one. The problem is in making a lobby of this tendency: a lobby of misers, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of masons, so many lobbies. For me, this is the greater problem.”
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A former student of Benedict XVI has spoken of his joy at an upsurge in interest in the former Pontiff’s theological works.Speaking to The Irish Catholic this week after his return from Rome, where he participated in events to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Fr Joseph Ratzinger’s ordination, Fr Vincent Twomey, Professor Emeritus of Moral theology at Maynooth described his former mentor as “an extraordinary theologian” and expressed his delight at finding that “interest in Pope Emeritus Benedict is growing, especially in Rome. He is the theologian they all want to study.”Fr Twomey said proof of Pope Benedict’s esteem among theologians was contained in the ongoing translations of his many volumes of writings. Pointing to his Introduction to Christianity, Fr Twomey said that work alone has now been published in 20 different languages.Further evidence of the increasing interest in Pope Benedict’s work lies in the recent development of a Master’s programme in ‘Joseph Ratzinger: Studies and Spirituality’ at Rome’s Patristic Institute Augustinianum.“He is an extraordinary theologian,” Fr Twomey said, adding that, “his theology was virtually ignored by mainstream theologians until he became Pope and then interest grew so that scholars now realise just how extraordinary he is.”Having been present for the special celebration for Benedict hosted by Pope Francis, Fr Twomey was able to confirm that the former Pontiff is “quite healthy and was in great form”. He added that he grew visibly in strength when, in the course of thanking his hosts, Benedict began to speak on theology. In that address, Fr Twomey said, “the depth of his thinking and the sharpness of his mind” were displayed.“He is one of those rare minds in the Church who will still be relevant in generations to come,” Fr Twomey insisted. “He stimulates people to think about the Faith.”
Jul 23 16 1:26 PM
The Joseph Ratzinger Foundation places all its scientific and charity activities at the service of the Church and the Pope, whoever he is. At the moment that would be Francis. The institution said this in a statement published today, which reads: “Ever since its establishment in March 2010, the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI and all of its activities has had the one and only aim of serving the Supreme Pontiff and his magisterium, in the ways that characterise this Foundation, donated since the very start by Benedict XVI to the Holy See and the Pontiffs who succeed him”. This is significant and in fact highlights even more the nature of the bond that unites Francis to the Pope Emeritus. “As far as the Foundation’s charity work in particular is concerned, ten scholarships are awarded each year to students in Italy and abroad. 120,000 euros worth of scholarships were handed out in 2015.” Then there are all the formation activities, conferences, seminars and Theology training courses which are offered throughout the world thanks to the Foundation’s proceeds. These partly come from the royalties that derive from the sale of almost 100 volumes written by Joseph Ratzinger. Sales peaked when the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith was elected Pope; this success continued throughout his pontificate and was fuelled also by the celebrated trilogy on Jesus, authored by Benedict XVI. The Foundation’s statement was issued following the publication of an article which appeared on Italian website Tiscali.it. The article contains a statement from the body’s president, Mgr. Giuseppe Scotti, who said: “Now we work for Francis, even though the Foundation was created with Benedict XVI’s money”. The title, meanwhile was a bit of a stretch, speaking about the Foundation being “ceded” to Francis. Benedict XVI’s royalties brought in around 300,000 euros per year. The decision was taken to financially separate the Vatican Publishing House from the Razingerian corpus, moving towards the idea of a foundation, which was approved by Ratzinger, who changed the nature of the institution, allocating the proceeds not to himself but to students and other initiatives. In essence, the Foundation is not a publishing house for Benedict XVI’s works but manages the proceeds from the royalties he receives. The Foundation’s statute was definitively approved by Pope Francis in 2014. It is estimated that the institution initially had several million euros’ worth of endowments. The Foundation’s website explains: “The assets of the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI include: the initial endowment from royalties deriving from the texts authored by Professor Joseph Ratzinger, the sum being decided by him; all movable and real estate property as well as sums and other transferable securities which should result from the acquisition of inheritance, legacies and bequests from all sources, in favour of the Foundation; any assets which the administrative council decides, upon consultation with the college of auditors, to earmark for the enhancement of the Foundation’s holdings.” The article published by Tiscali.it adds that although the proceeds deriving from royalties received by the Foundation have dropped in comparison to when Ratzinger was Pope, they are still significant. Every year the Foundation sets aside 120,000 euros for scholarships, as well as a sum for the Ratzinger Prize (the winner is announced by Pope Francis), while another chunk is allocated to high-level scientific conferences involving Catholic universities and their collaboration over important and current theological issues. Naturally, the promotion of Theology and Ratzinger’s studies also play an important part in all of this.
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Bloomsbury is to publish Last Testament, a new book by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in November, after acquiring world English language rights.Since retiring from the Papacy, Pope Benedict has lived quietly in a convent in the Vatican gardens in Rome, devoting himself to a life of prayer and study.In the book, he addresses the controversies that surrounded his Papacy and reveals how at his late age, governing and reforming the Papacy and particularly the Vatican, was beyond him. Last Testament is also an autobiography – Pope Benedict starts by recalling his childhood in Germany under Hitler and the Nazis when he joined Hitler Youth under duress. It goes on to cover his early life as a priest and eventually his appointment as Archbishop of Munich. After becoming Pope, his account deals with the controversies that rocked the catholic world - how he enraged the Muslim world with his Regensburg speech, what he did and did not do to stamp out the clerical sexual abuse of children, the Vatileaks scandal and more."Last Testament will generate exceptional interest throughout the world among Benedict`s critics as much as among his millions of admirers", the publisher said. "The story of the first Pope to resign in 750 years is by any standards a major publication".Robin Baird-Smith, publisher at Bloomsbury, said: “We are excited to be publishing this astonishing new (and last) book by Pope Benedict - the Pope who vowed on retirement to remain silent. With complete honesty, this very personal book touches on all the most controversial issues of Benedict's Papacy.”
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The annual meeting of Benedict;s former students will discuss Europe's spiritual crisis during their gathering later this month, according to the group's organizer.The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop. The theme of spiritual crisis in Europe was approved by Benedict himself, Fr. Stephan Horn told EWTN News.Fr. Horn, a Salvatorian, was Joseph Ratzinger's academic assistant at the University of Regensburg from 1971 to 1977, and is now organizer of the Schuelerkreis meeting. This year the group will meet at Castel Gandolfo Aug. 26-28. He related that this year's meeting will feature two lecturers: Joseph H. H. Weiler, a Jewish lawyer and president of the European University Institute in Florence; and Bishop Emeritus Egon Kapellari of Graz-Seckau.Both of the conferences on the meeting's theme will be delivered Aug. 26. Bishop Kapellari's lecture is to focus particularly on “Old and New Challenges for Christians in the European Fabric”.The 40 or so members of the Schuelerkreis form a sort of “theological family,” Fr. Horn has said. In addition to the historial nucleus of the group, there was formed in 2008 a secondary group of younger theologians who have studied Benedict's thought in-depth.The idea for the annual meeting arose in 1977, when Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising, and when he moved to Rome in 1981 to take up the post of prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it continued.Benedict's former students thought that the annual tradition would have stopped once Ratzinger was elected Pope, yet he wanted to maintain the tradition and continued to meet with his former students.Since his 2013 resignation, Benedict has not attended the Schuelerkreis, except to say Mass for the group at its conclusion.But “this year there will be no final Mass,” Fr. Horn said. “Instead, there will be a personal meeting of a group of us with the Pope emeritus in the evening of Aug. 26.”Nevertheless, the Pope emeritus closely follows the works of his former students, and remains involved in the selection of themes for the Schuelerkreis. In recent years, they have focused on the quest for God as a challenge for contemporary society; the theology of the cross; the question of God amid secularism; and ecumenism.
Aug 22 16 5:57 AM
Benedict XVI’s autobiography to be translated by English theologian The new autobiographical work will be translated by St Mary's University theologian Jacob PhillipsA theologian at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, is to translate Benedict XVI’s new autobiography.Dr Jacob Phillips is programme director of the MA in Theology at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He also teaches on Fundamental Theology at Allen Hall Seminary, London, and has taught at King’s College London, where he earned his PhD, and at other London universities.A convert to the Faith – he was accepted into the Church in 2008 – he worships at St Etheldreda’s, Holborn, London.Benedict XVI’s book, to be entitled Last Testament, is based on interviews with German journalist Peter Seewald.“It is a great honour to be contributing to the dissemination of this book to the English-speaking world,” Dr Phillips told the Catholic Herald. “I do feel somewhat awestruck at times to be engaging with a text which is so important and so new – and therefore in such close proximity to the Pope Emeritus himself. (When, oh when, are people ever going to use "Padre Benedetto", which is Joseph Ratzinger's real preference?) I just hope and pray that I can do justice to the eloquence of his speech and his forthright honesty.”Dr Phillips’s doctorate was on the Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “which meant reading lots of German texts from the period of Ratzinger’s own intellectual formation, ie 1930s-40s,” he said.“I also had the privilege of spending time at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen for my doctoral research. It was great to be at an institution so important for Pope Benedict’s life, as he was Professor of Systematic Theology there for some years, and of course it allowed me to hone my German language skills.”According to the book’s publisher, Bloomsbury, the retired pope addresses the controversies of his papacy in the book, “and reveals how at his late age, governing and reforming the papacy and particularly the Vatican, was beyond him”. (Which is hardly surprising, given that his so-called "closest collaborators" gave him no help at all, and to all intents and purposes, left him to suffer the firestorms that raged after the scandals that plagued the latter half of his papacy - scandals that would never have happened if he had had the competent, effective, and above all, loyal, support that he deserved from these "collaborators". To paraphrase the old saying, with "collaborators" like these, who needs enemies?)The book begins with Benedict recalling his childhood in Germany under Hitler, then goes on to cover his early life as a priest and eventually his appointment as Archbishop of Munich.“After becoming Pope, his account deals with the controversies that rocked the Catholic world – how he enraged the Muslim world with his Regensburg speech, what he did and did not do to stamp out the clerical sexual abuse of children, the Vatileaks scandal and more,” the publisher’s press release adds.Last Testament follows the same format as two previous book-length interviews with Peter Seewald, Light of the World and Salt of the Earth.Last month an Italian newspaper revealed that Benedict kept a diary throughout his papacy, but plans to destroy it even though he realises it would be “a golden opportunity” for historians. (In my opinion, that diary should go to the Vatican Archives - on no account should it be left with anyone, and I do mean anyone, with one exception: Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, Joseph Ratzinger's faithful and truly loyal student, and in my opinion, the true heir to his intellectual legacy. One day, I am confident that Joseph Ratzinger will be declared a Doctor of the Church, and that diary will most certainly be one of the most important documents that the Church will examine in the course of arriving at such a declaration.)Last Testament will be published by Bloomsbury in Britain and the US in November.
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