Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who served as the 265th pontiff of Christ’s Church on earth, from 2005 to 2013, passed into eternity on December 31, 2022.
Though brief comparatively, Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate was a time of clarity and consequence in the Church and in the way she presents herself to the world. For Pope Benedict XVI, the central issue of the new century was the increasing distance between culture and faith and what he identified as a “dictatorship of relativism.” Through his writing, teaching, and example, he left behind a rich legacy that will continue to remind all people, both inside and outside the Church, that only the objective, eternal truths of the Catholic Faith can resolve and redeem the age-old problems that beset the modern world, and thus renew the earth in Christ.
May his memory be eternal. And may his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
In this lesson your students will:
- Read and discuss excerpts from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s teaching and writing.
- Contemplate the truths of the Catholic Faith and their central place in our lives.
- Reflect on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s teaching and call to holiness.
- Pray for the repose of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s soul.