Pope Benedict says it’s ‘foolish prejudice’ to question Pope Francis’ theological formation

John-Henry Westen

Pope Benedict says it’s ‘foolish prejudice’ to question Pope Francis’ theological formation

VATICAN, March 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The newly-formed Vatican news agency is reporting that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has written a letter saying there is an “interior continuity between the two pontificates” – that of Pope Francis and his own.  Moreover, the letter speaks of the “foolish prejudice” of those who view Francis as lacking in theological and philosophical formation and Benedict as out of touch with concrete realities.

The letter came, the Vatican says, after Pope Benedict was presented with a Vatican-published series of 11 books entitled “The Theology of Pope Francis.”

“I applaud this initiative,” says the letter. “It contradicts 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 Christian.”

The books, he says, “reasonably demonstrate that Pope Francis is a man with profound philosophical and theological formation and are helpful to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences in style and temperament.”

Watch Vatican News explain the letter:

The comments echo those Pope Benedict made in a June 28, 2016 Vatican celebration of his 65th anniversary of priestly ordination. At the time, Pope Benedict told Pope Francis: “Thank you, Holy Father, for your goodness, which from the first moment of your election, to every moment of my life here, has touched my heart.” The Pope Emeritus added, “More than the beauty of the Vatican Gardens, your goodness is the place where I live; I feel protected.”

Also in a book of interviews with Pope Benedict completed some months after Pope Francis’ election but only published in 2016, the Pope Emeritus was asked if he saw any kind of break between his pontificate and that of Francis. In Last Testament, he replied:

No. I mean, one can of course misinterpret in places, with the intention of saying that everything has been turned on its head now. If one isolates things, takes them out of context, one can construct opposites, but not if one looks at the whole. There may be a different emphasis, of course, but no opposition.

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8 comments on “Pope Benedict says it’s ‘foolish prejudice’ to question Pope Francis’ theological formation

  1. GPM is Friday and Gannon still in Roma ! This announcement looks like a typical disinformation ploy set up by Spadaro and his squad of Sodo Seminarians he hangs around with ! Checking our sources in the homo bars, the clergy hang out in, it seems that Spadaro’s henchmen kidnapped Pope Benedict-Ratzinger’s cat when he was napping 😴 in his safe space in the Garden on one of the Castles bench’s ! They grabbed the poor cat and left a ransome note, claiming they would throw the precious cat into the Tiber , on Holy Thursday, when Bergoglio starts to wash the feet of Muslims and hookers , if Pope Benedict did not say and write something nice about Pope Francis. We need Friday and Gannon , to find and rescue this poor purloined pussy, that the sodo seminarians stole ! We do not have a lot of time ,so I hope they are up for it ! This reminds me of the Copped Copper Clapper Case !

  2. Or, the fabeled felonious feline flap !
    I’ll try to contact Friday but he may not be able to get back to me until Thursday because he and Gannon are working with Tuesday Weld and Wally Cleaver on a vice bust set to go down Wednesday. 😎

  3. Why would anyone think the contrary. The two are both modernists. I think at least Pope Francis is more consistent with his modernist ideology.

  4. June Cleaver: How was school, Beaver? Did anything interesting happen today?

    Beaver: Eddie Haskell said that the Pope is probably a Commie.

    Ward: Oh? Is Eddie sure about that?

    BEaver: Well, maybe he’s a fellow traveler or one of those Fifth Column agents, like the Commies infiltrating the State Department that Senator McCarthy talks about.

    Ward: That’s a pretty serious charge. It’s a good thing we’re Methodists.

    June Cleaver: I thought we were Presbyterians.

    Eric Stratton: What’s the difference?

    Beaver: Yeah, I’ve been thinkin’ about that. If you’re a Methodist and mom thinks we’re Presbyterians, how come you had a Catholic kid like me?

    Ward: Well, Beaver, this is just a television show. And in 1950s television shows you can make up lots of stuff that upon closer scrutiny doesn’t make much sense.

    Dr. Rumack: I would have answered it in the same way.

    Dobie Gillis: Here we have an existential crisis at the heart of bourgeois society and modernity.

    Kooki: Man, like be cool, you squares…

    June Cleaver: Well, did anything else happen at school today, Beaver?

    Beaver: Well, that bombshell new teacher teaching Wally’s Health class was passing bananas and balloons around in class again.

    Ward: Bananas?

    Gomez Addams: Bananas! What a great idea!

    June: Maybe they were going to have a party, Beaver.

    Sgt. Joe Friday: Bananas?

    Bill Gannon: Sure, Joe. All the schools are doing it. Gotta pass bananas around in Health class.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Of course, they are a rich source of potassium.

    Kwai Chang: And fiber.

    Kwai Chang: Spoken wisely, Grasshopper.

    Kato: Bananas are a fine source of fiber.

    Green Hornet: Indeed, they are, Kato.

    Ward: Are you sure she was passing around bananas, Beaver?

    Wally: Gosh, Beaver, you weren’t supposed to tell them about that.

    Ward: Well, Wally, is this true? Has Miss Weld been passing bananas around in class?

    Wally: Pretty nutty, huh?

    Miss Weld: Wally is a very talented student. Whenever he needs help with his homework after school, I’m always glad to help.

    Eddie Haskell: I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that she invited Wallace over to listen to her Bolero record after school, Mrs. Cleaver. Of course, the way she dotes on Wallace in such an immodest and forward manner, it does make you wonder. I understand she’s reading Freud and Helen Gurley Brown.

    June: Ward!!!

    Sgt. Joe Friday: Bolero?

    Gomez Addams: This is a very interesting situation!

    Sgt. Joe Friday: Shouldn’t they find out their Enneagram numbers first?

    Miss Weld: But Wally has a great interest in classical music.

    Wally: Yeah, I guess so.

    June: Ward!!!

    Ward: I’m calling the school board now, dear.

  5. Again, LITERALLY laughing out loud, Howl!

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