Benedict XVI's letter and "The Theology of Pope Francis" seriesBenedict XVI’s letter and “The Theology of Pope Francis” series  (Vatican Media)

Pope Benedict XVI: there is continuity with Pope Francis’ Pontificate

Pope Benedict wanted to give a contribution, very significant as always, to the interior spiritual unity of the two pontificates. Thus Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò characterizes the letter sent to him by the Pope Emeritus.

By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

Regarding the magisterium of Pope Francis, Benedict writes that “there is interior unity” between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis, his successor. Pope Benedict’s letter was presented by its recipient, Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, during a press conference presenting “The Theology of Pope Francis,” a series of 11 books written by 11 different authors, and published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The news conference was held in Sala Marconi in the headquarters of Vatican Media.

Pope Benedict applauds publication of the series

“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.

Pope Francis has profound theological formation

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.”

Language editions in the works

During the event, Br Giulio Cesareo, OFM, the recently-appointed head of Libreria Editrice Vaticana, explained that contracts have already been signed for the English, Spanish, French, Portoghese, Polish and Romanian editions of the series, and that further negotiations are in process with publishers throughout the world.

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  1. abyssum says:

    I do not believe that Pope Benedict has endorsed Francis. The Friends of Francis are quite capable of generating false news such as this.

  2. Gertrude says:

    I pray this is not true. Francis is no theologian and Benedict surely knows this. Why would he endorse such?

  3. Sheepdog094 says:

    Bergooglio needs to look like he has support

  4. Gretchen Wirtz says:

    *Do you really believe all this? I have my doubts about some of the things this pope says and does.* *Prayerfully* *Gretchen Wirtz from rainy North Carolina*

    On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 2:59 PM, ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP wrote:

    > abyssum posted: “Benedict XVI’s letter and “The Theology of Pope Francis” > series (Vatican Media) Pope Benedict XVI: there is continuity with Pope > Francis’ Pontificate Pope Benedict wanted to give a contribution, very > significant as always, to the interior spiritual” >

  5. Sheepdog094 says:

    Oh the Irony.

    People have thier little online meltdowns including the media
    Because President Trump is restoring things. Francis is destroying,
    And the things he restores are from when we had corrupt Anti-Popes
    In the past. Benedict is Pope. Francis is merely an administrator.

  6. abyssum says:

    Mary Ann,

    How gullible do they think we are? Antonio Socci posted on his Twitter account in 2016 that there was heavy pressure on Benedict to support the new government in Rome (Prophecy of Premol). Can anything that has been published since his abdication really be attributed to him? He still wears white because that is all he had in his wardrobe? There was a gay mafia running the Vatican comprised of three or four people but he dismantled it? He abdicated because he couldn’t stand the thought of another long distance flight (WYD in Rio)? 1P5 releases word from a close friend of Benedict’s regarding the third secret of Fatima and the Vatican press office immediately releases a communique allegedly written by Ratzinger denouncing it as a lie? WAKE UP SHEEPLE! This latest ploy is so ridiculous it would be funny were it not such a diabolical deception from within the highest echelons in the Church. God help us all!

    Patrick Suth

  7. Sounds like the Fake Sr. Lucia!

  8. Mary Ann Parks says:

    It doesn’t read like Benedict AT ALL.

  9. Mary Deliduka says:

    Not true; fake news

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