The Master of Feint Praise and Understatement

The Master of Feint Praise and Understatement

[The complete and correct text of B16’s letter to FrankenPope despite what Sandro Magister says in The Double “Foolish Prejudice.” The Complete Text of the Letter by Benedict XVI – AQ Moderator Tom]

Rev, Mons. Dario Edoardo Viganò
Prefect, Secretariat for Communication
Vatican City

February 9, 2018

Rev. Monsignor;

Thank you for your kind letter of 12 January and the attached gift of the eleven small volumes edited by Roberto Repole.

I applaud this initiative that wants to oppose and react to the foolish prejudice in which Pope Francis is just a practical man without particular theological or philosophical formation, while I have been only a theorist of theology with little understanding of the concrete life of a Christian today.

The small volumes show, rightly, that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation, and they therefore help to see the inner continuity between the two pontificates, despite all the differences of style and temperament.

However, I don’t feel like writing a short and dense theological passage on them because throughout my life it has always been clear that I would write and express myself only on books I had read really well. (Read: I don’t want to waste my time on this / I am washing my hair).

Unfortunately, if only for physical reasons, I am unable to read the eleven volumes in the near future, especially as other commitments await me that I have already made.(Read: I don’t want to waste my time on this / I have to play with my cats).

I am sure you will understand and cordially greet you. (Read: I’m saying this very politely).

Benedict XVI

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One comment on “The Master of Feint Praise and Understatement

  1. Reading the accompanying material in the linked article is like reading the Francis apologists. Didn’t Someone once admonish us to “let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ ?” If you do that, you don’t need an army of paid and unpaid spin doctors to parse your words.

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