It’s been quite a year.
Barbara Walters yesterday.
And now the Pope.
Not the current Pope, but the prior Pope who you may remember resigned suddenly and abruptly and still without a solid reason to the best of my knowledge.
Pope Benedict is dead at age 95.
“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.
Further information will be provided as soon as possible.” pic.twitter.com/O5dxoPaVkT
— Vatican News (@VaticanNews) December 31, 2022
Pope Benedict XVI was the head of the Catholic Church and the leader of the worldwide Catholic community from 2005 to 2013. His real name is Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, and he was born in Germany in 1927.
Before becoming pope, Benedict XVI was a priest, bishop, and cardinal. He was also a professor and an expert on theology, the study of God and religion.
As pope, Benedict XVI traveled around the world to meet with Catholics and other leaders. He also wrote many letters and gave talks about the teachings of the Catholic Church.
One of Benedict XVI’s main goals as pope was to bring Catholics closer to God. He believed that this could be done through prayer, reading the Bible, and participating in the sacraments, which are special ceremonies that Catholics believe bring them closer to God.
Benedict XVI also worked to improve relations between the Catholic Church and other religions, particularly Judaism and Islam. He met with leaders of these religions and made it a priority to speak out against violence and conflict between different religious groups.
In 2013, Benedict XVI became the first pope in over 600 years to resign from his position. He said that he was stepping down because he felt that he was no longer able to fulfill his duties as pope due to his age and health.
After his resignation, Benedict XVI retired to a monastery in the Vatican City, where he lived quietly until his death in April 2021. He was remembered by many Catholics as a kind and intelligent man who worked to bring people closer to God and to each other.
Strange photo, does not look happy:
Pope Benedict XVI aka Joseph Ratzinger on the day of his ordination pic.twitter.com/EjzgiLJgwJ
— Sachin Jose (@Sachinettiyil) December 31, 2022
Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95. RIP 🙏🕊 pic.twitter.com/JcalEn9Fga
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) December 31, 2022
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
In 2010 he became the first Pope to visit the Abbey in its thousand-year history when he attended a service and prayed at the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor during his State Visit to the UK. pic.twitter.com/wTLHiPRayB
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) December 31, 2022
In 2022, both a former British Monarch and a former Pope died – we lost Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI.
Last time this happened was 1830, when King George IV and Pope Pius VIII both died. pic.twitter.com/KnSpVlLYMz
— 𝙥𝙖𝙪𝙡𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙡𝙖.𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 (@pauloMDtweets) December 31, 2022
Pope Benedict XVI, the “pope emeritus” whose eight-year papacy was defined by staunch advocacy for a return to traditional Catholicism – including his elevation of the Traditional Latin Mass – has died at 95 pic.twitter.com/x18DAwnGPF
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) December 31, 2022
From Fox News:
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on Saturday, left behind an extensive body of work examining and diagnosing ills in the Catholic Church.
A theological and spiritual giant to many, Benedict’s reflections on the Catholic Church are a roadmap for many seeking to keep the nearly 2,000-year-old institution on the correct path.
Benedict’s work is best understood as a long career seeking to guide the Church through uncharted territory. He began his priesthood in the aftermath of two world wars and amid technological, political and sexual revolutions that threatened to overwhelm religion.
Benedict, born Joseph Ratzinger, was a framer of the Second Vatican Council (also known as Vatican II), which began in 1962 and ended in 1965. The council established no new dogmas but attempted to update spiritual disciplines, aesthetics and styles of worship for the modern, globalized Church.
“To me, the key to Benedict is Vatican II,” Bishop Robert Barron of Word on Fire Ministries told Fox News Digital. “He’s a man of the council. He was at the council. He helped to write a lot of these major documents. He helped to explain it to the wider world.”
Changes at Vatican II included dropping the requirement for Masses to be said in Latin, a greater emphasis on church community, and modification of the liturgy to allow greater participation from the pews.
Barron continued, “At the council, he was a liberal because he was opposed to the conservatives who didn’t want a renewal of the council. But then almost immediately after the council, he became wary of Catholic progressivism, which he saw as going beyond the council and compromising Catholic integrity.”
Through decades of defense for Vatican II – coupled with a strict enforcement of religious orthodoxy — Benedict became a sort of spiritual umpire for the Church’s most contested debates.
“[Benedict] had long been worried about the tides of modernity that were threatening the faithful proclamation of Church teaching, but that were also consequently blurring a proper understanding of the human person, the encounter with Jesus Christ, and damaging Catholicism’s ability and mandate to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth,” EWTN Executive Director Matthew Bunson, a biographer of Benedict, told Fox News Digital.
Still, not everyone remembers the Pope fondly:
pope benedict and queen elizabeth seeing each other in hell pic.twitter.com/rdbsydDXF1
— jay (@elektrasvrse) December 31, 2022
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