Benedict's Passing: No Tears for 'God's Rotweiler'

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The long-anticipated death of Josef Ratzinger—head of the Catholic Church between 2005 and 2013 as Pope Benedict XVI—has led to a deluge of the kind of vacuous eulogising that accompanies the passing of any leading pillar of the establishment. One can detect in some of the commentary the terms of a debate over Benedict’s legacy that has been underway for some time—particularly over his role in the crisis brought on by revelations of widespread sexual abuse within the Church. Given the deep political polarization in the top echelons of the Catholic hierarchy and the likely prospect of a bruising confrontation over Pope Francis’s successor in the very near future, Benedict’s embrace by an aggressive Catholic Right in recent years means that these controversies are bound to continue.

2812 words

Period02 Jan 2023

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  • TitleBenedict's Passing: No Tears for 'God's Rotweiler'
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletRebel website
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size2812 words
    Country/TerritoryIreland
    Date02/01/2023
    DescriptionThe long-anticipated death of Josef Ratzinger—head of the Catholic Church between 2005 and 2013 as Pope Benedict XVI—has led to a deluge of the kind of vacuous eulogising that accompanies the passing of any leading pillar of the establishment. One can detect in some of the commentary the terms of a debate over Benedict’s legacy that has been underway for some time—particularly over his role in the crisis brought on by revelations of widespread sexual abuse within the Church. Given the deep political polarization in the top echelons of the Catholic hierarchy and the likely prospect of a bruising confrontation over Pope Francis’s successor in the very near future, Benedict’s embrace by an aggressive Catholic Right in recent years means that these controversies are bound to continue.
    Producer/AuthorBrian Kelly
    URLwww.rebelnews.ie/2023/01/02/benedicts-passing-no-tears-for-gods-rottweiler/
    PersonsBrian Kelly

Keywords

  • Catholic Church
  • Religious History
  • Latin America
  • Pope Benedict
  • Liberation Theology