Friends, Pope Benedict XVI has passed away and entered into his eternal reward. He was a renowned scholar and brilliant leader. He sought first and foremost to heed God’s calling, and as such, his legacy is remarkable.
It is obvious that as priest, bishop, theologian, and Pope, he was a man of faith. But it is perhaps equally important to point out that he was one of the great defenders of reason on the world stage. Pope Benedict XVI had an extraordinary capacity to listen to all perspectives and then to find an illuminating synthesis, and we are all better for it.
Requiescat in pace.