Un Papa Incomprendido

Translated title of the contribution: A misunderstood Pope

Giovanni Bottasso Boetti

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With the resignation of Pope Benedict, the media obsessively highlighted the divisions in the Church, the scandals, forgetting that Joseph Ratzinger had sought to preserve "the common denominator of tradition and dogma" of the Church. Through a brief analysis of Ratzinger's difficult trajectory as part of the Ecumenical Council, in his differences with liberation theology and later, as pope, in his reluctance to blindly make the leap to modernity, this article points out Ratzinger's aspiration to keep the Church unified. Ratzinger belonged to the progressive wing of the Council, however, his work was misunderstood for having to maintain order in a world traversed by the social revolution of 1968, the cold war, Marxism, the politicization of the creed, and thus defend the Church from "self-destruction". This article analyzes the reality of Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, of a life dedicated to the Catholic Church in the face of the challenges of the current world scenario.
Translated title of the contributionA misunderstood Pope
Original languageSpanish (Ecuador)
Pages (from-to)68-80
Number of pages13
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2013


  • church
  • pope benedict
  • theology

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