Benedict XVI’s theology summed up by his last words, says theologian – Catholic World Report

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Pope Benedict XVI during his arrival in the Lisbon airport on May 11, 2010 / M.Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2023 / 14:00 pm (CNA).

In his teachings, Pope Benedict XVI “always unites charity and truth,” said Chad Pecknold, a professor of theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., while reflecting on the impact of the late pope on EWTN News Nightly.

To Pecknold, the hallmark of all Benedict XVI’s theology is “that encounter with Jesus Christ [that] is divine charity.” Calling to mind Benedict’s final words before his death, Pecknold said Benedict “sums it up at the end of his life by saying, ‘Jesus, I love you.’”

Benedict “had a vision of how to communicate the love of Jesus Christ,” said Pecknold, pointing out how from the beginning of his ministry “he focused on a Christo-centric way of looking at the whole world.”

After the Vatican announced the former pope’s death on Dec. 31, Pecknold tweeted a tribute to Benedict and his legacy.

“He taught me to be a Catholic set against the dictatorship of relativism; he formed my piety, awakened me to the beauty, truth & perennial power of the ancient mass. His life was principally a conversation with God — and we are beneficiaries of that.”

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Benedict XVI’s theology summed up by his last words, says theologian – Catholic World Report

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