Have we fully recognized the deep-seated legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, who waged a relentless battle against modernism?

On this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, hosts Ryan Scheel, Ryan DellaCrosse, and Fr. Rich Pagano welcomed esteemed author and educator Joseph Pearce.

This enlightening episode discusses the monumental impact Pope Benedict XVI had on the Catholic faith.

During their conversation, Pearce sheds light on some of the often overlooked and misunderstood aspects of Pope Benedict's papacy.

"We have to see Benedict XVI also as Cardinal Ratzinger because he was St. John Paul II’s right-hand man for a quarter of a century," he explains.

"The more you understand the earlier Ratzinger, [the more] you see a continuum with the full-grown Benedict XVI that we see as Pope."

According to Pearce, this unity and collaboration between Pope Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II were instrumental in combating the tide of modernism threatening to infiltrate the Church.

"[What] we should be most grateful for are the things in which he's attacked," Pearce shared, "the fact that alongside Saint John Paul II, the tide was turned on the madness of modernism."

Pearce also underscores Pope Benedict's profound understanding and staunch defense of the Liturgy as a cornerstone of his papacy.

"Benedict considers his defense of the Liturgy as the most important part of his pontificate.”

The guys also probe into the controversial nature of Pope Benedict's resignation.

Despite the initial disappointment, they voice understanding and respect for his decision.

"If a Pope felt he was no longer able to do the job, he should feel free to abdicate the position.

They further reveal that "he was suffering from intense insomnia during the last years of his pontificate," a fact shared by Benedict's personal secretary, which likely contributed to his decision.

Regardless of unfounded criticism, Pope Benedict XVI's teachings continue to guide the faithful and have a significant impact on the Church.

"Defending his legacy so that it can continue its impact on the future of the Church is a very important thing.”

Discover how the teachings and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI hold invaluable lessons for us today:

Let’s honor Pope Benedict XVI's legacy by revisiting his writings, exploring his teachings, and discovering how they can enrich our faith and guide the Church into the future!

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