Vienna cardinal describes Benedict as top theologian

Theologian credentials defended

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has deplored the lack of appreciation for Pope Emeritus Benedict among theologians, reports The Tablet.

Joseph Ratzinger would be considered the 'greatest classicist among the theologians of the twentieth century' by future generations, he said at a book presentation in the Vatican. 'His works will survive the centuries like those of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.'

Moreover, Benedict XVI had proved a 'master of communication' in his efforts to limit the damage of the Richard Williamson affair in 2009, when he lifted the excommunication of the SSPX bishop without realising Williamson was a Holocaust-denier.

Benedict had taken full responsibility, he recalled, while Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos and Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who Cardinal Schönborn said were to blame, had both kept silent.

FULL STORY Schönborn defends Benedict as a top theologian

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