Finally the whole letter has been published which Benedict XVI wrote to Monsignor Dario Viganò, the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, in response to a request to write an introduction to eleven booklets entitled “Theology of Pope Francis”. In his letter Benedict politely declined the offer.
Earlier this week Viganò published selected parts of the letter giving the impression that Benedict had lauded Francis and his "theology".
The until recently unpublished parts of the letter contain a bombshell because Benedict XVI criticises the fact that the anti-Catholic German theologian Fr Peter Hünermann is among the authors of the booklets. This is what Benedict wrote:
"As a side note I would like to express my surprise at the fact that among the authors there is also Professor Hünermann, who during my pontificate made himself known for heading anti-papal initiatives. He participated to a significant extent in the publication of the "Kölner Erklärung", which, in the context of the encyclical Veritatis Splendor attacked in a virulent manner the magisterial authority of the Pope especially on questions of moral theology. Also the 'Europäische Theologengesellschaft' which he founded, was initially thought of as an organization in opposition to the papal magisterium."
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Breitbart has made a very good point about this scandal: The Vatican’s manipulation of the photograph, which the Associated Press (AP) said “violated photojournalist industry standards,” came just two months after Pope Francis railed against disinformation and “fake news” in his annual Message for the World Day of Communications.
Creeds must disagree: it is the whole fun of the thing. If I think the universe is triangular, and you think it is square, there cannot be room for two universes. We may argue politely, we may argue humanely, we may argue with great mutual benefit: but, obviously, we must argue.