Monday, June 17, 2013

Italian journalist: Francis to essentially publish Benedict's encyclical on faith unchanged

Pope Francis recently made headlines when he announced that his first encyclical will have been worked on by "four hands":
The encyclical has to come out and it's an encyclical written with four hands, so to speak, because Pope Benedict began writing it and he gave it to me... It's a strong document. I will say in it that I received it and most of the work was done by him and I completed it." [source]
The respected Italian journalist, Sandro Magister, often known for having "insider" information, confirms that the document is largely Benedict's work:
... the first encyclical of Benedict XVI, "Deus Caritas Est," had also made use of some material prepared during the previous pontificate [i.e., from Pope John Paul II]. But in that case its general construction, and the first of its two great sections in particular, the more theological one, was typically Ratzingerian. This time, instead, almost the whole composition of the encyclical is by Ratzinger. It is as if pope Bergoglio had limited himself to writing its preface and conclusion. His signature becomes a strong sign of acknowledgement of the pope who preceded him. [source; emphasis added]

1 comment:

Nick said...

I wouldn't mind if he wrote more in the encyclical.