CTS author Fr Ian Ker, who is an expert on blessed Cardinal Newman, told us that it is Pope Benedict’s work clarifying the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council which really stands out as a lasting legacy.
“There were two things that so impressed me about Pope Benedict XVI. The first was that Pope John Paul II’s ‘enforcer’, the ‘rottweiler’ as the media stupidly called him, was shown to be the most gentle, humble, and kind of people.
He showed that a Christian can stand firm for the truth but without aggression and anger. The second was that he put his finger on the real nature of the battle that has been going on in the Church since the Second Vatican Council: is the Council to be interpreted in continuity with the tradition or in rupture with the tradition of the Church?
Things will never be the same again now that the real issue that is at stake has been made crystal clear.”
Fr Ker has written Cardinal Newman – His Life and Legacy for CTS
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