CTS authors reflect on Pope Benedict – Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB

Continuing our posts from CTS authors on Benedict XVI, Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB gives a personal memory of Benedict’s first days in office.

“About six months after the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, I had to attend a meeting in Rome. As I was crossing Saint Peter’s Square I met some of the vendors of small religious objects. I knew several of them from the time when I worked in Rome. I asked one of them how things were and his impressions of the new Pope. Whether it was his own observation or he had heard it from others I do not know, but he said, ‘The pilgrims used to come to see Pope John Paul II but now they come to listen to Pope Benedict XVI’. This observation was both profound and prophetical.

I believe that Pope Benedict XVI through his writings and discourses has left the Church a rich patrimony of wisdom and sound teaching.”

Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB has written several CTS booklets on the Mass and the new English translation.

Of related interest:

Election of a Pope Election of a Pope (revised ed.) –This booklet explains the new norms promulgated by John Paul II in 1996 and combines the technical with the historical and spiritual elements of the process to produce a unique and highly informative summary.
Benedict XVI Benedict XVI Biography – revised ed – Here we discover a ‘humble and thoroughly kind man’, a leading thinker very much in touch with this modern age.

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