Thursday, February 14, 2013

Benedict offers unscripted thoughts on Vatican II

Here's the story with much of the text of the pope's address. 

I'm glad that the spontaneous nature and setting of this talk allowed Benedict some room for humor, a side of him that is rarely manifest in his prepared homilies and speeches for more formal occasions.

Reading this, I couldn't help thinking something else as well: The Holy Father insists that he no longer has the strengths to carry out the Petrine ministry. I would never suggest I know better; I trust his prudence.

But certainly there is no indication that he has lost his most widely recognized gift--the gift of being a good teacher. 

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