Reading Francis through Benedict

I like Fr. Z’s approach of reading Francis through Benedict.  Let’s all keep that in mind, and realize that Francis is really saying the same thing that Benedict and JPII did when they were popes, just in a different way.  Here’s putting that more clearly:

God’s mercy on sinners is the key in which Francis exercises the Petrine ministry. This represents no great change from the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who spoke frequently of the mercy of God and the reality of sin and, in the case of the former, wrote an entire encyclical on the divine mercy.

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