After the election of Benedict XVI in 2005, one cardinal remarked that if the only consequence of Joseph Ratzinger’s election was that people would now read his books, it would be a success.
Eight years later, as Benedict lays down his crozier, there is more than something to that.
The near-universal assessment of Benedict’s eight years is that he has been an exemplary disciple and a superlative teacher.
“The Holy Father has been one of the world’s, and history’s, great, great teachers of the faith,” said Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, president of the Canadian episcopal conference, in one of many similar assessments.
By the time of his election as pope, Joseph Ratzinger...READ MORE