Cardinal Angelo Scola: 'From the conclave to his resignation, I'll tell you who my friend Joseph Ratzinger really was' - exclusive

The former archbishop of Milan and great director of the election to the papal throne of Benedict XVI speaks exclusively to Oggi about the Pope emeritus: 'He left behind the fundamental keys to face this phase of Christianity'

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Cardinal Angelo Scola, former archbishop of Milan and great director of the election of Joseph Ratzinger to the papal throne, talks about the Pope emeritus in Oggi, on newsstands from Thursday 26 January, and has his say on that conclave and on the definitions given by the Pontiff after his death. – Photo | video

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 cover-today-luisa-ranieri THE GERMAN SHEPHERD – Starting with “German shepherd”: «It is an invention of the German press. Ratzinger has always had many oppositions in Germany, because his theology was very innovative and yet anchored in tradition. But those who knew him know that he was anything but rigid ». Reactionary? 'Absolutely not... he was very attentive to the changing society'. And in this regard, Scola says that Ratzinger 'left behind the fundamental keys for dealing with this phase of Christianity: the phase in which secularization is over, but de-Christianization is not... Today the the spring is the search for pleasure… The centrality of Christ has been lost, the possibility of a personal encounter with him. Ratzinger said very clearly that Europe is losing the Christian faith'.

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THE REMEMBER OF THE ELECTION AND OF THE RESIGNATION – Of his election Scola claims to have been one of the great voters and explains: «On that Conclave we still read today completely wrong numbers, on the votes. Ratzinger immediately established himself as the only possible candidate'. Was he happy to be elected? 'No. He said that when he began to realize that 'a guillotine was falling on his neck' he was seized with fear. And after the election he asked all of us cardinals to stay another night in the Conclave so that we could all be together again for a Mass'. And on his sensational resignation she says: «It was a question of a series of complex causes, including Vatileaks and pedophilia, summed up in his phrase 'I no longer have the strength'. His humility prevailed at that moment.'

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Source: oggi.it