50 U.S. Bishops Remember Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI| National Catholic Register

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‘It is obvious that Ratzinger … was a man of faith,’ says Bishop Robert Barron. ‘But it is perhaps equally important to point out that he was one of the great defenders of reason on world stage.’

Cardinals and bishops attend Thursday’s funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Cardinals and bishops attend Thursday’s funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP via Getty Images)

Matthew McDonald BlogsJanuary 5, 2023

Most Catholic bishops in the United States have made public statements about Pope Benedict XVI since his death last Saturday. Here are selected excerpts from 50 of them:

1. “I remember many meetings with him while I served in the Secretariat of State, and I will never forget his greeting to me at the first General Audience I attended some weeks after his election to the Chair of Peter. ‘Ci conosciamo’ (we know each other) were his warm words of welcome as he took my hand between his.” — Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services

2. “I had the privilege of sharing a table with Benedict and a military family from the United States. He was wonderfully gracious. He spoke to everyone and was very kind to the children. I’d heard that he liked orange Fanta soda and saw that it was true — a big pitcher of it was on the table. It was like sharing a meal with a member of one’s own family. Though shy, the Pope was always very kind and willing to do whatever was necessary to make others comfortable.… Benedict was simply the most intelligent person I’ve ever met — not only in his understanding but also in his articulation, and clearly a candidate to one day be a Doctor of the Church.”— Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, writing in First Things

3. “I remember thinking to myself after his homily at the funeral for Pope John Paul II that he would be elected in the conclave that would follow. It seems the world came to know Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in a very different light after he became Pope Benedict XVI. He was shy and humble, and yet he bravely served the Church as Pope for eight years. His hallmark will be as a great teacher.”— Archbishop Paul Étienne, Archdiocese of Seattle

4. “The magnitude of the historical influence and significance of Pope Benedict’s systematic, liturgical and biblical theology cannot be completely known in the present. But it will be great, and it will grow over time like the influence of the teachings of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John Henry Cardinal Newman.”— Bishop John Barres, Diocese of Rockville Centre (New York)

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