Monday, March 12, 2018

Francis’ theology is Benedict XVI’s theology

“I applaud this initiative,” writes Pope Benedict. “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.

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 Benedict XVI’s letter to Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò.
(See bottom of post for entire text of the letter.)

The Pope Emeritus writes that he is grateful to have received the set of 11 books edited by Roberto Repole, President of the Italian Theological Association. Pope Benedict XVI adds that these volumes “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.”

***** UPDATED 13 MARCH 2018 *****

The text of Benedict XVI’s letter
Benedictus XVI
Papa Emeritus Signore
Mons. Dario Edoardo Viganò
Prefetto della
Segreteria per la Comunicazione

Città del Vaticano
7 febbraio 2018
Reverendissimo Monsignore,
I thank you for your courteous letter of January 12 and for the attached gift of the eleven small volumes edited by Roberto Repole.
I applaud this initiative which is intended to oppose and react to the foolish prejudice according to which Pope Francis would be only a practical man devoid of particular theological or philosophical formation, while I would be solely a theoretician of theology who could understand little of the concrete life of a Christian today.
The little volumes demonstrate, rightly so, that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation, and they therefore help in seeing the interior continuity between the two pontificates, albeit with all the differences of style and temperament. Nonetheless, I do not feel that I can write a brief and dense theological page about them because for my whole life it has always been clear that I would write and express myself only on books that I had also truly read. Unfortunately, even if only for physical reasons, I am not able to read the eleven little volumes in the near future, all the more so in that I am under other obligations to which I have already agreed.
I am sure that you will understand, and I extend to you my cordial greeting.
Benedict XVI
(English translation by Matthew Sherry, Ballwin, Missouri, U.S.A.)
The Double "Foolish Prejudice." The Complete Text of the Letter by Benedict XVI, Settimo Cielo (13 March 2018)

***** UPDATED 15 MARCH 2018 *****

Vatican publishes #fakenews in bid to divide and
conquer supporters of Francis & Benedict XVI


  1. Those who know BXVI well should be speaking out about whether or not this actually sounds like him. There is a quality of these "statements" that to me, do not sound like something he would say. He never issued semi-insulting language such as "foolish prejudice", and for him to denigrate his own papacy by stating he was just a theorist, sounds not like him but exactly like something his diabolical holders would say.
    Honestly, does Pope Benedict need to be rescued from the Vatican???
    IF he ever said these things, and meant them, then we never knew him at all. But that doesn't seem as likely as his being held hostage in the Vatican and intimidated into signing preposterous declarations. That, seems entirely likely now.

  2. 5 years ago today the pope of the NWO is elected. 3/13/13. For all the tin foil hat crazies this arrangement of numbers sounds suspiciously occult, but be assured, there is nothing to see here so move along.

  3. Tim Kelly and Russ Winter discuss Sabattean Frankism's impact on the world at the New Nationalist site.

  4. The only concrete lives 'popes' francis and benedict understand are the pedophile perverts, the abortionists, the chicom, cuban, venezuelan marxist dictators who starve us to death, harvest our organs and steal, lie and cheat their way through everything we own like a swarm of locusts.

    They both have the same theological and philosophical formation too of all progressive/marxist thugs-- look out for numero uno while clothing yourself in the white garment of Jesus Christ.

    Why aren't pope francis' own nephew(s) and sister allowed to step foot in Rome? What does he know about their concrete lives that's being hidden from the rest of us?

  5. Benedict XVI defends the Second Vatican Council, with what for me is in the same line as Francis. But they don't think in the same way, nor do they have the same "theology". The letter seems like a fake news.

  6. The letter is a brutal sarcasm.
    And no, I am not a big fan of Benedict.

  7. Fake News. It is not Benedict. 2 sides one of which has no scruples, no morals, doesn´t play by any rule book except deception which has been finely tuned over 1000 of years. 98 percent of comments attributed to Benedict are fake. Fake Catholic forums such as Fisheaters, Suscipe Domine, Cathinfo are just tip off the iceBERG. Benedict is a wise 90 year old man he kowtows to no one and is no fool.