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Briefing: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI is likely to be remembered most for resigning early rather than holding office until his death. But in this Religion Media Centre briefing, Catholic commentators point to his legacy as a great theologian, suggesting he was one of the most significant Popes since the Renaissance. His years in the Vatican as “God’s Rottweiler”, reacting with force against liberal views in a climate of fear, contrast with his reputation in private as a gentle, kind man.

Ruth Peacock hosts this panel discussion with the following guests:

  • Christopher Lamb | Rome correspondent for The Tablet.
  • Catherine Pepinster | Former Editor of the Tablet, journalist, and author of “Defenders of the Faith”.
  • Professor Tina Beattie | Author, Catholic theologian and media commentator.
  • Michael Walsh | Catholic historian and author.

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