Bishop Mourns the Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict, Recalls Fond Memories of 2011 Meeting


January 5, 2023

Bishop Mark Bartchak issued the following statement regarding the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Today, I join Catholics around the world in mourning the end of his earthly pilgrimage and celebrating his life of faithful service to the Church.

Over the years, I have been deeply inspired by Pope Benedict as a brilliant theologian. Although quite academic and a steadfast defender of Church teaching, his writings were very spiritual and pastoral. Upon his election as Pope, I was impressed by his commitment to charti...

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