The two popes: continuity exists between their pontificates

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has rejected ideas that there is no continuity between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis.

There is an “inner continuity” between his pontificate and Francis’s, Benedict says in a letter published by Mgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communication.

The letter also says Francis is a “man of profound philosophical and theological formation”.

Benedict wrote the letter in thanks for having received an advance copy of a series of books on Pope Francis’s theology.

He says the publications “… help to see the inner continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences in style and temperament.”

Benedict’s letter also says 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 Christians.”

The 11-book series “La Teologia di Papa Francesco” (The Theology of Pope Francis) was written by international theologians and edited by Father Roberto Repole, president of the Italian Theological Association.

The books were published by the Vatican’s publishing house.

Translations of the series into English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish and Romanian have been commissioned.


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