The Paradoxical Pope
In spite of the profound impact Pope Benedict XVI has had on my life (or perhaps because of it), I can’t help but have mixed—and confused—feelings about the man now that he has passed.
A few months after I entered the Catholic Church in 1993, I began a graduate program in Catholic theology. There I discovered the writings of a man who would fundamentally shape my understanding of Catholicism: Joseph Ratzinger. My program of study was heavy on the 20th century Catholic theologians, men such as Congar, de Lubac, Danielou, and Wojtyla, but for me, Ratzinger towered above them all.